By Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Continuous screaming for the first three month
I saw a one-year-old girl I will name Erin on August 12, 2015. The parents were concerned about their daughter’s ongoing sleep issues and general emotional intensity.
“Erin screamed almost continuously for the first three months of her life, a high-pitched, blood-curdling scream, whenever she was not sleeping.”
“She continued to scream very frequently until she was 6-8 months old. Even now she easily reverts back to screaming if upset in any way.”
“She also has intense emotional swings. She can go back and forth on a dime, she gets very wound-up easily. Diaper changes are and have been a total nightmare. She fights us every time and also cries big crocodile tears. She gets very angry from restriction, hates the car seat. She is not very cuddly either.”
“She is very volatile and intense. She gets easily bored and needs constant attention from us. She can’t be still, is always moving, restless. When she nurses she constantly squirms and moves her arms and legs.”
“Erin is a horrible sleeper, very light. She wakes up right away if we step into the room. She often wakes up at night and then has trouble getting back to sleep. She is also restless in her sleep, moving all over her crib.”
“She is also very touchy, if another child touches her on the playground she flips out and yells at the top of her lungs.”
Erin was also reported to have been rashy as a baby with break-out after break-out, especially on her face.
Erin was born 10 days overdue after a 40-hour labour. Labour was induced and her mother also received IV antibiotics for a bacterial infection during her labour.
Her mother took Clomid to conceive here. She very much enjoyed the pregnancy and was very healthy during that time.
Erin’s father had years of antibiotic treatment for recurring infections prior to his daughter's conception. Her mother’s paternal grandmother and her brother grew up in a TB sanatorium.
Of note: This baby had not received any vaccines at this time.
I chose the homeopathic remedy Tuberculinum as it fit the restlessness during day and night, the easy boredom, as well as the facial rashes, plus there was a confirmed family history of the disease.
Plan: Tuberculinum 200CH, one dose.
Update one week later
“After we left your office Erin had an amazing 2.5 hour nap, two diaper changes without complaint and slept through the night. Her blankets were in one spot too.”
“The rest of the week she seemed her usual self. When she is nursing her arms and legs are always moving and she is climbing over me and the chair.”
“She is only happy when we are 100% engaged with her, even unhappy when we are brushing our teeth.”
Assessment: This report sounded promising but the remedy did not seem to hold that well.
Plan: Repeat Tub 200CH
FU 1 week later
“She seems kind of happier. A bit calmer overall. Still very fidgety nursing. Diaper changes up and down, but she is not fighting us.”
Plan: Wait and order Tub 1M
FU Sept 14, 4 weeks into treatment:
Gave Tub 1M on Sept 6.
“Diaper changes have been good. She can play on her own better and longer. But she has tantrums, as if does not know what she wants and can’t communicate it. She wants us to attend to her immediately.”
“Sleeping has been great, 13 hours a night plus 1.5 hour nap, before only slept 11 hours and woke at night to nurse and cry. Now she is not waking up when we enter her room. If she wakes up, she now she stays in bed and sings to herself.”
Assessment: Good response, wait.
A week later she seemed kind of happier and calmer overall. Still very fidgety when nursing. Diaper changes were up and down, but she was not fighting the parents as much. I thought that perhaps she needed a higher dose of the remedy and asked them to give Tuberculinum 1M in case of relapse.
Four weeks into care: “Diaper changes have been good. She can play on her own better and longer. But she has tantrums, as if does not know what she wants and can’t communicate it. She wants us to attend to her immediately.”
Her sleeping was much better with 13 hours at night.
But – it did not last. A week later she was up again with lots of screaming for hours. I gave the remedy again but realized that something was missing. This up and down pattern went on for a few more months, with Tuberculinum always providing some relief.
Vitamin K Clearing
Another year passed without hearing from the family as Erin was doing sort of okay with Tuberculinum here and there. Then I posted a report about a baby who had a reaction to her vitamin K shot given at birth on my facebook page.
I got a call from Erin’s mom within hours.
“It sounds just like Erin! She had the vitamin K shot, we forgot to tell you!”
I also had not thought about asking or even considered that a vitamin K shot could cause any problems up until that time.
We did a clearing course with a homeopathic remedy made from vitamin K, 2 pellets twice a week with each potency of 30 CH, 200CH, 1M and 10M.
Vitamin K is routinely given to newborns, usually as a shot, to prevent hemorrhage in case of vit K deficiency. Vitamin K is required for normal blood clotting. The vitamin is normally made by gut bacteria and is also present in some foods such as Natto – fermented soy beans, aged cheese made from milk from pastured cows.
Newborns are considered to be low in vit K. In case of birth trauma, there could be internal bleeds, possibly into the brain, causing brain damage, which is why vitamin K is routinely given at birth to most newborns.
Factors that increase the risk of hemorrhagic disease of the newborn include:
Vitamin K Healing
FU September 2/17: “On Thursday we gave Erin her last dose of the vitamin K clearing (10M). That night she was restless beyond words. She often crawls on the wall with her legs while we read to her and moves in her sleep, but this was crazy. She also woke at 2 and 3:30 am to pee and we could hear her singing at various times throughout the night. Last night was even more insane. She woke after an hour and stayed up until 1:30 am. I stayed with her and she tossed and turned and moved her legs ALL night.”
I thought that is was likely an aggravation and to give her Epsom salt baths 3 times a day and Melatonin if needed.
It took a few days but things turned around: “She now has excellent energy during the day, that lethargy that used to exist disappeared and she was running and jumping and doing great all day.”
I never knew that she was lethargic until now.
“She slept! If one single vitamin K shot did this to her, I truly can’t imagine what a full set of vaccines might have done!”
We did another round of vitamin K clearing, more gradually this time. Erin completely lost her lethargy, had tons of energy and was suddenly interested in riding a bike.
On the next round of vitamin K 30CH she had another aggravation:
“Big emotional melt-down at noon with high-pitched screaming! Just like when she was a baby! We were pretty shocked, hadn’t heard that sound in so long.
But slept a solid 12 hours for the first time since starting the clearing.”
Finally we were on the right track.
In April of 2018 I messaged the family to inquire about Erin as I wanted to present the case at a case conference in Vancouver.
“She's doing super! Her energy is great, and she is thriving. The clearing was SO dramatic, that it was obvious there was something there...it was SO worth it!
I would say her emotional situation is about right for an almost 4 year old. She will always be "her", but everything seems normalized now. She feels all emotions - happiness, sadness, anger - all strongly, is easily disappointed etc., but not the extremes we used to see. She sleeps quite well."
"She's very interested in food, and a very hearty eater. She is surrounded by particularly tiny (vaccinated) friends, and she's a strong, healthy girl!
Thanks so much for everything!"
Discussion - Tubercular History and Adverse Reactions
The child had obviously been negatively affected by the vitamin K shot given to her at
birth, as the remedy so elegantly identified. It was helpful that she did not receive any regular vaccines or medications, so we were able to isolate her problem directly to this shot.
I do believe that the tubercular family history played a role regarding predisposition. I have noticed time and time again in my practice that children with a tubercular history are more susceptible to vaccine and medication injuries. This also explains why Tuberculinum helped this child to a certain extent.
I also have to say, Kudos to the family for sticking with it. This case took almost two-and-a-half years to solve.
After this case, I can say that we should all suspect vitamin K shot injuries in children with irritability and restlessness as well as insomnia. Considering the epidemic of ADHD and other neurological issues in children I can’t help but think that many of those cases may have been impacted by vitamin K shots. Of course the many vaccines and even ultrasound and other modern medical practices also have potential to irritate and impact the developing nervous system.
When advising expecting parents we can suggest oral vitamin K to be given after birth as a supplement instead of the shot. Using homeopathy during labour and delivery, especially Arnica, would also greatly reduce the risk of hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.
Grateful for Homeopathy
I am so grateful for homeopathy, we have at our disposal such a safe, effective method of care, not only for recovery from illness, but also for the identification of causative factors for illness. My special thanks go to Tinus Smits and CEASE Therapy for introducing me to thinking along those lines.
Homeopathy, especially isotherapy has great potential to identify the culprits causing chronic disease. This, of course, is a tremendous threat to the pharmaceutical industry as with homeopathy we can potentially unmask all the horrible damage the chemical industry is doing to our children and humanity in general.
But do not give up hope, I believe that the good wins in the end and that in the future, homeopathy will become the standard of care for the treatment of all pregnant mothers, infants and children.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Anke is a classically trained homeopath who practices in Sooke, BC. She has been in practice for 28 years and has a special interest in childhood developmental and behavioural disorders.
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Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH is a homeopath with a special interest in children with developmental and behavioural concerns. Cases are all from her practice. Names have been changed, to protect privacy. The cases were published with permission and are intended for education in homeopathy only. They are not intended as medical advise or solicitation. Homeopathy treats the person, not the condition.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Classical and Modern Homeopathy
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