He had to do things his own way (3) and was very obstinate (3).
When reprimanded or sad, he would repeat his name over and over again (2). He
wept from anger or frustration (2). His parents tried to set limits, but his
outbursts were so strong that the attempts were unsuccessful. He had very
little patience (3). He repeated his requests many times (3). He became easily
frustrated, like when he tried to put together a puzzle, and gave up.
He thrashed when angry (3) and did not want consolation (2). They only thing
which would stop his crying was to give him what he wanted. He loved to sit in
the rocking chair when his mother put on his shoes.
He had a recent bout of otitis media when his most recent teeth came in. He
was teething very slowly (3). He still had ten teeth to go. His height and
weight were now at the 20th percentile and his head size was 90%.
Brent now desired cookies (3), apples (3), cheese (3), scrambled eggs (2) and
juice (2). He was a thirsty child (2). We gave him another dose of
He had a good response to the remedy. Within four days his mucus and
irritability were 90% better. The following week his appetite increased, he was
more independent, and played more creatively. He continued to do well until
three weeks later when he was exposed to eucalyptus. Several days later his
runny nose and irritability returned.
He was again very sensitive to being touched (3) and was "whining big time"
(3). If he didn't get what he wanted in an instant, he yelled loudly.
His was oversensitive (3) and easily upset by the slightest thing (3). He was
given Chamomilla 10M.
Brent's temperament again evened out. He was still uncomfortable with other
kids getting too close, but no longer screamed at them if they brushed against
him. All the rest of his teeth came in. He only whined when tired. He now
exploded quickly, then was fine. He needed another dose of Chamomilla
10M five months later after an exposure to menthol.
Both of these children were enough to drive their parents to despair, yet
relatively sweet and manageable after homeopathic treatment. Their temperaments
were quite similar in many ways. They represent clear remedy pictures of
Cina and Chamomilla, two remedies to consider for very irritable
children. Other remedies to strongly consider in such cases are
Stramonium, Nux vomica, Tuberculinum, and
Dr. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Dr. Robert Ullman are licensed
naturopathic physicians and are board certified in homeopathy. They are
President and Vice President of the International Foundation for Homeopathy
where they teach homeopathy to licensed health care professionals. They
practice in Edmonds, WA at 131 3rd Ave., N., Edmonds, WA 98020 and can be
reached at (206) 774-5599. Their new book, The Patient's Guide to Homeopathic
Medicine, is now available.