The knowledge of paediatric mind and behavior is must for successful prescription
The paediatric mind is very subtle as well as delicate It is not an easy task to assess the behavior in the clinic alone. There are four levels of human existence namely physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Physical level is the lowest level of human existence. The plant and animal life exists on the physical level only. Baring spiritual life which is most conspicuous, the emotional life occupies midway position in the hierarchy of human existence. The subtle level of emotional expression and existence is difficult to fathom.The homeopath has usually to rely on the parent’s reports and database about child behavior which is not always accurate and reliable. The homoeopath has to utilize several screening techniques to elicit accurate data and right reliable points to make basis for his prescription. Separate child and parent interviews, parent questionnaires and self assessment questionnaires for younger children may be employed.
Homoeopathic prescriptions are not like conventional medicines in which no behavioral assessment is made. In homoeopathy it is of paramount importance to assess the behavior of child to make a judicious prescription. Homoeopathy does not make prescriptions on names of diseases, pathology or disease database. The pathology and diagnosis may help in evaluating and understanding the case deeply but final prescription has to be made on mental make up and eventually behavior of the child. For the true assessment of child psychology, Homoeopathy primarily focuses on behavior of child .The child’s emotional existence is manifested by his behavior. The materia medica of Homoeopathy is grounded in the expressions
The Homoeopath should have keen and sharp observation. He should observe minute details of the case before making a final prescription. Homoeopathic prescriptions are not based on intuition, conjecture or theoretical analysis. The homoeopath has to find exact similimum of the symptom complex of the child with recorded symptom complex of the remedy. These two must coincide. The success of the homoeopath and cure of the case depends on finding out this exact similimum.
Homoeopath must search for causes such as grief, sorrow or terror in the behavior of the child. He should analyze the reasons for the working of child mind in a given direction. He should know the factors conditioning the child behavior. He should make assumptions about child fears based on observed behaviors. A useful evaluation tool for homeopath would facilitate and organize clinical interview. Obtaining information about child’s emotional state may be very tedious task and perplexing one also. The child’s behavior in the clinic is always different from his behavior at home. The parent reports may reflect their own anxieties rather than the true state of mind of child. The homeopath should develop his own screening behavior questionnaire and it should be get filled by parents and child himself.