“He is allergic to everything and has anaphylaxis to eggs.” This is the first thing the stressed mother says when she tells someone about her child. He used to come up in large welts if he was kissed by someone who had eaten eggs. Imagine how hard it has been for her.
In this excerpt from a recently published ATMS journal article, A Cup of Tea in the Consulting Room: The Latest in Homeopathy about Eczema and Allergies. The authors Linda Beaver and Linlee Jordan shared a conversation about the latest treatments for eczema. They settled down for a cup of green tea and a chat about the management and treatment of some challenging cases of kids with allergies and eczema.
This case is from Linlee Jordan: A 16 month old boy came to the clinic. The first thing his mother said was, “He is allergic to everything and has anaphylaxis to eggs.” He came up in large welts if he was kissed by someone who had eaten eggs. He was not putting on weight. The hospital dietitian put him on a strict eating programme, which was basically lamb, rice, golden syrup and green beans, plus Neocate formula.* These were the only foods which he did not react to. Even so, he could still easily have fiery raw skin when the wrong nappy wipe was used. He was a sick little boy. A few months before coming to my clinic he had been hospitalised with septicaemia and had required a lumbar puncture and blood tests etc.
In my homeopathic case taking, I discovered that he was obsessed with the colour green, bit a lot, ate shovel loads of sand at the beach, over-reacted to mosquito bites and loved the stereo turned up as loud as possible. Sitting still was impossible for him and he loved to run everywhere – clear indications for one of the popular homeopathic remedies for allergic, active children. His behaviour was worse the first week after starting treatment but then he quickly responded by putting on weight. After six months of being given homeopathic treatment he was no longer considered ‘failure to thrive.’
He was much better and still had some symptoms after eating certain foods so at this stage a hair analysis was ordered. Because of high levels of heavy metals on his hair analysis he received some different homeopathic remedies. The 12c potency was chosen because of his sensitivity. He reached a stage where his events to certain foods were minimal and it was considered appropriate by his medical team to do a food trial of allergens (for example: egg) in the hospital setting. He reacted to the food trial with swelling around his eyes like a waterbag, pinkness of his external ears, hot prickling face and hot diarrhoea, so he was given homeopathic Apis 12c twice a day with great results. His mother learned how to give Apis (one of the top use-at-home remedies). She gave it as needed on top of a plan to give Apis 30c twice a week. Off and on, since treatment began, the child has stayed on Apis for years. One month after the Apis was first introduced he was noticeably less sensitive.
18 months after he started homeopathy a retest of his hair analysis came up clear of heavy metals. Two years after he started homeopathy he had another egg challenge in the hospital, and it was declared that he now had only a mild allergy and, for example, was allowed to eat egg in a cake.
The child received various other remedies over years of treatment. His mother now only brings him to the clinic, for example, when he has a cough. The child now eats a ‘normal diet’, bearing in mind that his mother has meanwhile become very diet-and-allergy-aware. It is many years since she has felt like she is on high alert. She remains thankful for the excellent treatment given by her medical team.
* Neocate is an amino acid-based infant formula designed for babies with a cows’ milk allergy or multiple food protein allergies.
For the full article go to the ATMS website.