Homeopathic remedies have a long history in treating insomnia in both children and adults. The National Sleep Foundation states that children who have disturbed sleep can have trouble with learning or be hyperactive. Snoring can also disturb children's' sleep. The National Sleep Center suggests 14 to 15 hours of sleep for infants, 12 to 14 for toddlers, 11 to 13 for preschoolers age 3 to 5, and between 8 and 11 hours for school age children and teens. A pediatrician should be consulted about sleep remedies for children prior to attempting any treatment.
The homeopathic remedy Coffea cruda is made from coffee beans. The remedy is useful for children who are overly excitable or who experience sudden emotions, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The children who benefit from this remedy are usually light sleepers who wake early, but who have difficulty falling asleep. The remedy can be used to help children sleep if they have ingested caffeine in the form of chocolate or coffee, and to treat breast-feeding infants who may be exposed to coffee via breast milk.
Passsiflora is used as a homeopathic remedy for insomnia when the child has an overactive mind. It is also a good remedy for the elderly. Passiflora is made from the passion flower plant and is also used as a tea to promote sleep and restful relaxation.
Argentum nitricum is a homeopathic remedy made from silver nitrate. Children who need this remedy usually cannot sleep if a room is too warm. They are restless before bedtime and have difficulty falling asleep, according to Clarke's "Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica."
Belladonna, made from a tincture of the deadly nightshade plant, is used to treat restless children who have difficulty falling asleep. They may experience nightmares while drifting off, or be awakened by nightmares and night terrors. Those needing this remedy may have red cheeks and dilated pupils. This remedy will also treat children who are sleepless from fever and inflammation.
Chamomilla is a homeopathic remedy made from the chamomile plant and is known as a great remedy for teething infants, according to Clarke's "Materia Medica." Those children needing this remedy are irritable and hard to please. They can have green stools and one red cheek. The University of Maryland Medical Center comments that children needing this remedy can twitch or moan in their sleep.
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Insomnia
- National Sleep Foundation: Children Sleep and Snoring
- National Sleep Foundation: How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?
- "Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica"; Clarke, 2000