Are there homeopathic remedies to calm childhood aggression?
Tot lashing out? There are remedies, but first try to address what may be causing your child to behave in this way
I feel awful saying this about my own child but my two-and-half-year-old son seems to take pleasure in being mean and hurtful at the moment. He seems to enjoy hitting and pushing other children and delights in pulling the poor cat’s tail. Are there any remedies that might help to change this behaviour?
As young children push the boundaries to see what’s acceptable, this kind of aggression is not unusual so, while it’s challenging to deal with, please don’t worry unduly. The remedy Tuberculinum can be very helpful for treating angry children who are inclined to lash out. The Tuberculinum child is generally restless and loves to be outside and on the move, so when they’re indoors they may often feel confined and frustrated, and show this in openly aggressive behaviour. They can even be defiant and confrontational when told off.
Chamomilla is called for when a child is sensitive, cross and irritable, and tends to show their aggression in a more peevish and underhand way. Belladonna is a useful remedy for treating imaginative, overexcited children who erupt into aggression, sometimes laughing and shrieking at the same time.
As you’ll see, some of the differences between the remedies are quite subtle, and for behavioural issues such as this I would strongly recommend you consult a professional homeopath who will take time to find out all about your little boy and choose the remedy which best suits him. To find a qualified practitioner in your area visit the Society of Homeopaths website.
Jane Harter has treated babies and children with homeopathy for 20-plus years. Got a question for the panel? Email email@example.com.