In addition, Sammie's chief complaint of febrile seizures is well covered
by Cina. Cina is a convulsive remedy and is also useful in cases of seizures
during teething, after coughing and from infestation with worms. The
convulsions are often at night and accompanied by jerking of the body and
In this case, the combination of Sammie's difficult disposition, his
tendency to coughs and febrile seizures, his screaming and stiffening during
sleep, and his boring in the ears led to a prescription of Cina.
There are many other remedies which should be considered differentially
for febrile seizures in children. The most common ones are Stramonium, Cicuta,
and Belladonna. Here are some indications for each:
Stramonium- a major remedy for febrile seizures. The whole picture of
Stramonium is one of violence, strong fears and convulsions. Stramonium
children can be very destructive, violent or aggressive. Sometimes they are
timid with a strong fear of violence. Fears of death, the dark, water, shining
objects and monsters are prominent. They have night terrors with a wild look in
the eye. They may scream. They often stutter violently and frequently have
facial grimaces and twitches. They may have convulsions of isolated muscle
groups, such as just the upper extremities. They can be delirious with a fever.
They want light and company, which makes them feel better.
Cicuta- dramatic seizures in which the whole body is arched and the head
drawn extremely back ("opisthotonos", listed under the "Back" section in
Kent's Repertory ) The seizures can be quite violent and often occur
after a head injury. The child may be delirious and sing, dance, make funny
gestures and act silly. It is an important remedy for seizures which accompany
cerebrospinal meningitis, which typically has a high fever. The pupils are
dilated. There may be a hemorrhage from the ears. The children often have a red
face and grind their teeth. They are worse from touch, drafts and tobacco
smoke. Cicuta children often eat chalk, charcoal, and other indigestible
Belladonna- a very common remedy for high fevers which come on quickly
and violently. There is a great sensitivity to light, to noise and to jar, and
better from lying quitely in the dark. The child's face is red and hot. There
can be violent delirium with hallucinations during a high fever.
Belladonna children tend to be worse from the sun and heat, but thirstless.
They often get severe, throbbing headaches with the fever, often on the right
side. There is commonly a severe, right-sided sore throat or ear ache. They can
get generalized grand mal seizures or local seizures of the right side of the
These are a few of the more dramatic remedies that could be given for
febrile seizures. Others include Opium, Hyoscyamus and Nux Vomica. Always
remember to individualize the patient's symptoms in order to choose a remedy.
The remedy that matches the symptoms that are most unusual or peculiar in the
case is the one most likely to work.
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