We live in Florida. My 8 year old son has always been a very healthy child. Never a cold, not one childhood sickness. Two weeks ago he started to roll his eyes from side to side with a neck movement. He said he couldn’t help doing it. The look in his eyes when he was doing it was like he had nerve palsies, like tourette. It came so suddenly. It was really weird and frightening.
I started to really freak out. I asked him if somebody hit him on the head, if he fell. No mommy, no mommy… What happened? I took him right away to the pediatrician. He just did some physical tests, eye movement tests. And came to the conclusion he had “tics” and it would go away by itself. My kid is so laid back, he cannot have tics, I said to myself. Something was wrong. I looked into pandas (never had a sore throat I don’t think it is what it is), epilepsy, strokes, maybe... I started to put him on multivitamins in case of deficiencies. He is very tall for his age. I figured maybe something was wrong with his eyes. So I took him to the optometrist. She did a thorough exam on his eyes. She said his eyes and vision was perfect. His eyes were very red because of the constant and extensive eye rolling. After the optometrist we came back home. I thought taking him to see the eye doctor maybe helped him with the tic. He was doing it once every 30 minutes instead of all the time after the appointment. I felt something happened. He was going to be ok…
The next day it was back, full force. Eye rolling, head shaking. At this point my husband and I almost couldn’t look at my son anymore. We felt terrible. One week passed. I met his teachers and they asked me what happened to your son? He wasn’t doing that the week before. He was still doing good with schoolwork, he could read good. I was starting to really loose it. My husband told me he if kept doing it we would take him to a neurologist.
So, I decided to rethink about everything that happened the week before he started doing it. I started to investigate with his friends, what he could have been in contact with. And then I realized he might have been in contact with pesticides. A pest company was spraying around the neighborhood this specific week end. And you know kids, they don’t look at the labels on the grass. OMG. That might be it. I looked into permethrin, that is what they were spraying around. This is a very common pesticide around here in Florida. They use it for insect and weed control. It is a strong neurotoxin. I looked at the side effects for children if in contact. Tremors, convulsions. It blocks sodium ion channels in animals, the same nerve channels that controls voluntary movement. And children are much more sensitive to it than adults. I looked up for the antidote in case of extreme poisoning. Atropine belladonna is what I found. I also found out that atropine, which is made from the belladonna flower is what they use to dilate eyes at the eye doctor, which may have explained why his symptoms may have slowed down after the eye doctor appointment. I said to myself I know how I can get belladonna. I am from Europe originally and my mom swears by homeopathy. We never went to the doctor as kids, she took us to the homeopath. I remembered she sometimes used to give us the the homeopathic remedy belladonna when we get sick .
I rushed to the nutrition smart, bought belladonna 6c. I gave my son 5 pellets as soon as he came back from school, 5 pellets before dinner, and 5 pellets before he went to bed. During the afternoon, he was still doing the eye rolling, head turning thing. The next morning, woke up. Nothing. I was petrified. He went to school. Came back at 2.30pm. Nothing, no eye rolling no head turning. I asked him about his day and he told me that his teachers asked him what happened to him. They couldn’t believe it. He was not doing it anymore. In the afternoon same, he stopped. That has been two days now, and it is over. This nightmare is over.
So, if your kid start doing that suddenly, look into chemicals that can have affected his nerves. And take them to an homeopathic doctor. And find the antidote. For pesticide exposure, it looks like belladonna did the trick. I saw some people their kids started doing that after being in swimming pools so maybe they are very sensitive to chlorine.
Homeopathic remedies must be taken before meals, under the tongue. There is no side effects. Do not bite the pellets, let them melt under the tongue. Do not use any kind of mint. Ever.Even in toothpaste during treatment. This is my story and hope it can help any helpless, desperate moms and dads like us.
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