Is your newborn experiencing discomfort due to constant itching, particularly at night? Do you find rash, thin, irregular bumps, or tiny blisters on the body of your little one? If you nodded along worriedly, your tiny tot might be suffering from scabies. And, if you are wondering how you can treat scabies with homeopathy, read on to discover all about it.
What Is Scabies In Infants?
Scabies is a highly contagious disease occurring due to the parasitic mite which happens to infect your infant’s skin. You can find the rashes of scabies anywhere on the body of your affected newborn, and it’s often accompanied with itching which may make your little one cranky. Also, with the arrival of monsoon, the risks of getting infected with various skin infections, particularly contagious infections, increases in babies. And, scabies is no exception to it. Damp weather favors the multiplication of these parasites.
As a matter of fact, scabies most commonly occurs in the kids and young adults, with the outbreaks in the places like schools and childcare facilities. In the case of infants, scabies usually affects the scalp, face, neck, palms, and soles. The little one tends to get irritated and suffers from sleep & appetite issues due to parasitic infestation. You may notice that your baby turns cranky, particularly at night time because the itching is more severe then.
Homeopathy shows excellent results in treating Scabies. Homeopathic medicines help in relieving the itching, settling the rash, and preventing the re-infestation in infants. Here are some homeopathic medicines which are effective in treating scabies in infants.
The most prominent homeopathic remedy for scabies is Sulphur. Extreme itching, when the scratching leads to bleeding, is the key indicator of this remedy. Your infant’s itching may turn worse by washing, woolen clothing, and application of the heat. The itching discomfort may turn severe, particularly at night. As a matter of fact, Sulphur skin is usually known to be unhealthy. Individuals who require Sulphur may experience an offensive discharge from their lesions.
One of the best homeopathic remedies for scabies is psorinum. Patients who need Psorinum tend to lack immunity, catch infections very quickly, and recover slowly. Psorinum is indicated when the blisters (i.e. eruptions) occur that exude pus with extreme itching which turns worse at night and with the warmth of bed. Often, Psorinum skin is dirty, rough, and greasy. The skin complaints tend to return every winter. The patient requiring Psorinum is extremely sensitive to the cold. In general, your baby may feel very weak, lethargic, and gloomy for a long time after recovering from an acute complaint.
Sepia is usually prescribed after Sulphur. It is indicated in the cases of scabies when the lesions are yellowish brown and scaly. It is particularly indicated when scabies has been suppressed by Mercury and Sulphur. The infant tends to suffer severe itching which is not relieved by scratching. The most commonly affected areas are bends of the elbows and knees.
Causticum is indicated when scabies affects your infant’s the webs of fingers and folds of skin with itching and soreness. The burning pain with lesions is characteristic of Causticum.
Mezereum has a therapeutic significance in the cases of scabies where the lesions itch and burn forming thick scabs and exude pus discharge. The itching which is known to change the place on scratching.
Graphites is a remedy indicated when the rashes of scabies in infants tend to crack and oozing a clear or sticky yellowish discharge when scratched. The patients requiring graphites usually have an unhealthy skin and every little injury suppurates. The lesions of the patients needing graphite may ooze thin, sticky, honey-like discharge.
Here are some important precautionary measures which may help in preventing the recurrence of the infection of scabies:
- Wash your infant’s clothes separately in the warm water.
- Keep the toys and teethers of your baby clean as the itch mite can thrive even outside the human body.
- Scabies is extremely contagious, but it usually requires a prolonged skin contact with a person who is already infected with it. Avoid sharing your baby’s towels, bedding, clothing, etc.
- Don’t let your child scratch the skin hard as that can lead to the secondary skin infections.
- Avoid making your infant wear damp clothes as the mites can thrive and multiply if favorable conditions are provided.
Now that you know effective homeopathic remedies for scabies and precautions to prevent the recurrence of this infection, make sure you count on homeopathy without a second thought if your dear little one happens to suffer from scabies.
– Written by Dr. Amrita Utekar, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah