One of the things any parent wishes most for their child is to be well-socialised and popular, just like the mother of a little girl I was introduced to called Brittany. At two and a half years old, she fitted perfectly into the ‘adorable toddler’ stereotype. From first impressions of her blonde hair, blue eyes and rosebud mouth, you would never imagine for a minute that such an appealing, healthy-looking child would encounter any problems of a social nature.
Unfortunately, when I met Brittany and her Mum, nothing could have been further from the truth. Most of us can’t help having a bit of a chuckle when it comes to passing wind – indeed, children in particular find it a source of great hilarity, but for poor Brittany, this was no joke. Her frequent passing of wind was simply not normal for a full grown adult, let alone a toddler. It soon became apparent that her mother was not overreacting to the situation.
Since shortly after birth, Brittany’s excessive wind had been a cause for concern. For someone so tiny, it was frequent, loud and offensive smelling – so putrid in fact, (like mouldy tea, described her mother), that it could actually clear a room. She would pass large volumes several times an hour and was totally unable to control it. Far from enjoying a happy toddler-hood, Brittany was becoming the target of cruel jibes and jokes.
Further questioning discovered that Brittany also had a problem with bowel motions. Though she was able to pass a motion each day, the results were also uncommon for her age. Her stools were large, long, and firm – so heavy in fact, that as Brittany walked it would actually roll out of her nappy and hit the floor with a loud thwack!
As I listened intently to Brittany’s mother, Brittany played by her side, periodically sucking from a bottle filled with clear brown fluid. Throughout our discussion, she would climb onto her mothers lap and snuggle into her arms. I asked about the unusual contents of the bottle and was told it was weak tea. Brittany actually craved tea and would insist on consuming several bottles a day! She had first tasted tea from her mother’s cup when very young and it had now had become part of her staple diet – in fact, she would scream for hours if she was not given it on request. As well as her unusual demands for tea, it also transpired that Brittany loved butter, sometimes eating it by the spoonful if she thought nobody was watching! By now I could see a pattern forming.
Despite her angelic looks, Brittany was still shy and timid, needing constant attention from family to feel secure. She was not content unless being continuously cuddled or carried, especially when unwell, where she would settle best if carried around outside in the fresh air.
I prescribed a single dose of Pulsatilla 30C, and waited to hear the results. I didn’t have to wait long. Five days later, I received a call from Brittany’s delighted mother. The day after being given the Pulsatilla, Brittany opened her bowels an amazing seven times! All her bowel motions had been normal ever since. Best of all, there was no longer any loud or offensive wind! Brittany no longer demanded tea in her bottle and was less clinging and needy in general. Just a single dose had brought about these huge changes in Brittany. I advised her Mum that improvement would be ongoing and further doses would only be required if symptoms returned. Her mother did eventually need to give another dose three weeks later, but since then Brittany has been well.Brittany’s looks and demeanour were, for me, classic examples of someone who would benefit from Pulsatilla. People who need Pulsatilla can be plump, fair and blued-eyed, with full red lips. Like Brittany, they are usually shy and yielding and like being dependent on others. Butter and tea are common food cravings, among others, and sufferers are prone to gastrointestinal complaints. Brittany’s constipation may have improved by stopping the tea, but this alone would not have addressed the overall imbalance that was fuelling her other symptoms. The correct homeopathic medicine not only resolved her flatulence but also treated her low confidence, cravings and constipation. As well as putting an end to Brittany’s physical difficulties, this treatment has just as importantly restored her emotional well-being, allowing her to progress as a healthy, happy little girl who now has no shortage of playmates – much to the relief of her family!
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