Posts Tagged ‘natural remedies’

Teething Remedies

Friday, October 21st, 2016

10-19-16-teething-remedies-option-2Sometimes being a baby is rough stuff. Teething is a common frustration to many babes and parents as they grow an amazing 20 teeth in the first couple of years of life, starting around 4 to 7 months of age usually. Your babe may settle into predictable preferences for getting through those rough patches but if you’re at wit’s end, make sure you’ve covered all your bases.

  • Is it something else? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if baby’s signs of discomfort are from teething, hunger, tiredness, boredom, or any combination of these and a number of other factors. For example, baby may be comfortable enough in spite of teething but really just needs a new diaper.
  • You may be your baby’s best medicine! Maybe baby just needs a little love. When we don’t feel well most of us would appreciate just a little more TLC. A few extra cuddles may be just what your babe needs. They provide love and distraction from mild pain.
  • Use all the tools available to you. Teething rubs can prove helpful but don’t forget to utilize soft, cool teethers and silicone teething jewelry too. A clean wet rag can do the trick too. Your baby may gravitate toward one or just prefer (hopefully clean) fingers, especially yours! Amber necklaces are a go-to for many caregivers trying to cut down on inflammation and irritability.
  • Hit up the kitchen. With your babe’s child and feeding abilities in mind consider if food can help. Freeze a juicy fruit or some breastmilk to offer something to chew on, if old enough. There are also teething foods that cater to being gnawed on (like Happy Baby gentle teething wafers found in many Walgreens and Targets).
  • Medication. Consult with your physician to ensure you offer your child the most appropriate remedy based on their age and individual needs. Tylenol may be offered sparingly for older children. Teething tablets may also provide relief, although some brands were recently the subject of a warning by the FDA, despite the fact that they were taken off the shelf in 2010 and deemed safe enough to sell again. Familiarize yourself with the risks of using some over the counter teething gels. Balm! Baby offers two natural and organic teething rub options, including one catered to getting a good night’s sleep.

Lynette is a mom of three children from 6 months to age four. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Using Essential Oils with Babies

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Essential oils make great natural remedies and are a wonderful part of an all-natural first aid kit. They can be used for colic, helping babies relax and get to sleep faster, bringing down a fever, or breaking up chest congestion.

When using them on babies it is very important to use extra caution. Usually one or two drops are enough to mix with water for diffusing or mixed with a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive) for a baby massage. Never use an undiluted essential oil directly onto a babies skin and be extra wary when using them in an area that could make it easy to get into the eye area.

Before using any essential oil, make sure your baby is old enough. Most are not recommended for babies under 6 months of age. Three of my favorites to have on hand are chamomile and lavender–considered safe for babies 4 months and up–and tea tree oil, which is considered safe for babies 6 months and older.

Here are some great things you can do with essential oils:

Massage Oil. Mix together two tablespoons of your carrier oil with one drop of either chamomile or lavender. Both of these scents are relaxing and can help soothe your baby at bedtime.

Diaper Rash. The same combination used for massage oil can be used in place of traditional diaper rash cream and may even help prevent yeast infections.

Fever Reducer. One drop of lavender in one tablespoon of coconut oil is great for making a feverish baby feel better. Rub the mixture on the back of the neck, along the back, and even on the legs and tummy if they’re feeling warm.

Chest Congestion. An all-natural, homemade alternative to vapo-rub can easily be made with two drops of lavender and two drops of tea tree oil mixed with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage onto chest and back.

Toy and Surface Cleaner. Add about 5 drops of tea tree oil to one cup of water in a spray bottle and use it to clean baby toys. Tea tree oil is a wonderful antibacterial and can be used as a safe alternative to chemical-filled cleaning products.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.