Infant Rashes and ColicFor infant rashes, the lack of a fully developed immune system often rules out aggressive conventional treatment. Those that are used, including antifungal and hydrocortisone creams, can be somewhat invasive on such a vulnerable body. For colic, conventional remedies include medicines with names like simeticone (an anti-flatulent) and dicycloverine (a stomach cramp prescription). Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) attempts to approach infant rashes and colic by safely using acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Working with an infant’s specific symptoms these remedies show good promise in re-aligning the baby’s system back into homeostasis.

Acupuncture: Safely Targeting Infant Rashes and Colic

As 2010 study conducted by a collaboration of researchers from Sweden’s Lund University and Denmark’s Roskilde Hospital found that acupuncture reduces crying in infants with infantile colic. The conclusion of the study stated, “Minimal acupuncture shortened the duration and reduced the intensity of crying in infants with colic.” Skin rashes were also studied, particularly posted in a conclusion on the Internet Journal of Dermatology in 2006 stating, “Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be very effective at treating skin conditions. Treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms and can provide significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions.” Licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisanti will attempt to safely, painlessly and effectively treat your infant for rash and colic related conditions by manipulating such points as: Spleen (SP 10) just above the bent kneecap; Large Intestine (LI11) just above the outside bent elbow; Large Intestine (LI4) in the web between the thumb and forefinger. Most infants embrace these treatments with little or no discomfort.

Botanical Medicine: Centuries Old Remedies

Colic remedies have been used for thousands of years. Many of these have been determined according to the underlying cause of an infant’s possible indigestion or agitated mental state. IMS will patiently assess your baby’s many subtle signs accompanying his or her colic and may recommend such botanical medicine remedies as: lime blossom, catmint, lemon balm, chamomile and more. For rashes, each presentation requires a precise remedy that may include such choices as: oil of chickweed (Stellaria media), aloe vera and calendula.

Homeopathy: Skin Rashes and Colic Treatment for Infants

The exact application of homeopathy for infants requires the experience of a trained practitioner such as Dr. Lisanti. This safe, gentle and effective 200+ year old practice could forego some insidious conventional treatments recommended by western practitioners. Diaper rash is a common challenge for infants and, under the watchful eye of Dr. Lisanti, recommended remedies may include: calendula (ingested form not topical which is recommended under botanical medicine, derived from the marigold species) or urtica urens (derived from an herbaceous plant in the nettle family). For colic, specific presentations such as sleeplessness, discolored stool or physical reactions are a few of the many clues as to how Dr. Lisanti will approach your baby. Homeopathic remedies that may be used for colic are: Magnesia carb, colocynth, ipecacuanha or chamomilla.

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