Having a baby means there will be times when the baby gets sick. There is always a debate on whether or not to use home remedies or rush off to the doctor. I am a big believer in home remedies and prefer them over doctors. Not that I am against going to the doctor or taking a child to the doctor. I just think if it is something treatable at home, why not use a home remedy?
It's hard to know what home remedies work, and when it is ok to use them on our children. I'm sure most of us tried giving kids a home remedy at some point during their life. Medicine is greatly abused these days and given out too freely. Some of the side effects of medications are worse than the actual ailment. Which is crazy to me.
I would prefer to treat a child myself, with more natural treatments, when possible. Thanks to the internet, there is a vast supply of information. So learning about home remedies is easier than ever! How will when one know when it is ok to use home remedies?
Well, that's really up to each parent. Just in case anybody needs some help, I have compiled a list of 15 times it is ok to use home remedies on children, babies, and toddlers. There are some great home remedies, that I have tried and can attest to. Ones that I use over and over. They're great because it's natural, and saves me a co-pay!
15 Colic Pain And Abdominal Gas Can Be Relieved With Exercises
Colic is a painful gastrointestinal issue that is common in babies. If your baby cries for three hours a day, at least three days a week and it goes on for at least three weeks, your baby most likely has colic.
There are many home remedies for treating colic, and all are safe to use. A nice warm bath has proven effective for treating symptoms of colic. The warm water helps soothe the tummy and relax the baby.
Another method is baby exercise. Move your babies legs like he or she is riding a bike. This helps get things moving and releases the trapped gas. Wearing your baby has also proven to be helpful with colic. For some reason, colicky babies are soothed when in close contact with their parents. Wearing them is one of the best ways to achieve this.
14 Put Aloe Vera On Non-Severe Rashes
There are going to be times when your baby will develop a rash or some form of skin irritation, for no apparent reason. In severe cases, of course, seek your Doctor's guidance. In minor cases, treating them at home is best. There are many safe and natural home remedies to try.
When your child breaks out in a rash try aloe vera. Aloe Vera contains anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Making it a great treatment for skin irritations and rashes. Coconut oil is next on the list. I use coconut for oil everything! Lotion, shaving cream, face wash. It has helped with my rosacea.
It is a safe and effective treatment for rashes and skin issues with babies and children alike. Coconut oil is full of great stuff. It has been proven to kill bacteria and has anti-fungal properties.
13 Annoying Seasonal Allergies Can Be Kept Away With Apple Cider
Allergies are unfortunately very common for adults and little ones alike. They can make a person absolutely miserable. Treating allergies at home is safe and acceptable. Now if they get too bad, and the at-home treatments don't work, maybe go see your Doctor.
As mentioned previously, apple cider vinegar is a great home remedy and can be used to treat a variety of ailments. For allergies, mix one teaspoon with an 8-ounce glass of water and drink. It may be hard for your child to drink this because the taste is powerful. If this is the case, try adding a little bit of local honey to it.
Local honey also is a great way to treat allergies. It will provide relief from allergies and it helps boost one's immune system.
12 Use Frozen Vegetables For Teething Pain
Using a home remedy for teething is more than ok, it's common. Many parents have tried a home remedies for teething. There really isn't much a Doctor can do about teething anyway. There are many different methods for helping ease the pain of teething. Teething is very unpleasant and can even bring on ear pain and a low-grade fever.
One method of helping with the pain is to freeze a piece of celery or carrot and let the baby gnaw on it. It's safe, and the freezing vegetable will feel wonderful on the teething baby's gums.
Chamomile tea is another safe home remedy that may parents swear by. Dip a wash rag in the tea and place in the freezer. Then, when it's frozen, let the baby suck on it. The combination of chamomile and freezing rag is soothing.
11 Use Scotch Tape On Itchy And Sore Looking Bug Bites
Many parents aren't going to feel the need to rush their child to the Doctor over a bug bite. Although bug bites can be very itchy and annoying. Little children will want to scratch and the scratching makes the bite worse.
Using home remedies for annoying bug bites is just fine. There are many home treatments for bug bites, and many you will already have in your home. One that sounds a little crazy, but actually helps is scotch tape.
Place the tape over the bite and it will help with the itching. Apple cider vinegar is another one that's good for bug bites. It does have a strong odor, but is good for so many things. Just dab a little on the bite and let it do its magic.
10 Tea Tree Oil Is Great For Covering Simple Scrapes And Cuts
It's pretty much inevitable, one day your child will fall and get hurt. Using a home remedy when this happens is acceptable. Babies, toddlers, and children tend to move about in a hurry with any thought for personal safety. Which is not their fault, they're kids. Wash the wound with water, then put some tea tree oil on it.
Tea tree oil has been proven to reduce healing time and helps with the pain. Lavender oil is another great way to treat cuts and scrapes. It is great for pain treatment and has antibiotic properties. There is no reason to feel bad about using these natural home remedies.
If you aren't about natural ways, stick with Neosporin and a bandaid. Just be sure to clean the wound well, before putting anything on it.
9 Constipated Tots And Sore Tummies Need A Sweet Mixture
Constipation happens. It is painful for adults and even worse for children and babies. It is hard to listen to your baby cry in pain from constipation. When discovering your child is constipated, before rushing to the doctor, try some proven home remedies. Preventing constipation is best if possible. Serve high fiber foods and juices to avoid this painful problem.
If the problem of constipation arises, here are some at home remedies that will do the trick. Dark corn syrup mixed with water, administered twice a day can help get things moving again. Brown sugar is another. Mix cool boiled water, with 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar in one ounce of water. It should be administered three times a day, before meals.
Prune juice is another way to help cure constipation in babies and older children alike.
8 Feed A Cold Some Chicken Noodle Soup
Colds are no fun to have, especially as there is no cure for them. Treating a cold at home is about all you can do for your child. Thankfully, there are natural remedies that help more than over the counter medicine or prescription medicines from the Doctor. Chicken noodle soup is a popular home remedy we go to when being sick. It isn't just an old wives tale either.
Chicken noodle soup can actually help with a cold! Chicken broth has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help clear the nasal passages. What's makes it even better, is it is not hard to get your little one's to take this "medicine." Steam is also useful when treating a cold. You can run a hot shower and place your baby or child in the bathroom.
Or you can buy a humidifier and place it in your child's room while the sleep or play. The steam helps loosen mucus in the nasal passages, thus bringing relief.
7 Massaging Away The Growing Pains
Muscle aches are a common part of growing up. They are not fun and can even bring a child to tears. Many nights I have spent rubbing my daughter's knees because they were hurting her so badly. The same went for my parents and me. I have found through trial and error some great home remedies that help with this unfortunate issue.
As I mentioned above, rubbing or massaging the affected area will bring great relief. Heating pads also work well. In case the heating pad gets too hot, be sure to wrap it in a towel. Place it on the affected area and relief will be felt in minutes. Stretching exercises are also great for growing pains. Sitting on their butt, and leaning forward to touch their toes can help tremendously with growing pains.
6 Pinch And Tilt To Stop A Nosebleed
Nosebleeds are common in children and some are more prone to them than others. There are a variety of factors which can cause them including dry air, picking, shoving a foreign object in the nose or even blowing too hard. There are some great home remedies out there for nosebleeds.
No need to rush off to the Doctor when you can treat it at home. A nosebleed can be scary for a child and for their parent. If your child should get a bloody nose, first reassure them. Then, the most important part is to stop the bleeding. Simply pinch tilt their head forward and pinch at the bridge. Keep holding and applying for five minutes.
The bleeding should stop. Another way to help with a bloody nose in lemon juice. Just put a few drops in their nose and it will help clot the blood.
5 Chamomile Tea Is Great For A Sore Throat
A sore throat can be very frustrating and painful for little ones. Throat pain can be a symptom of another illness, or can happen all on its own. Just like with allergies and the cold, there are many at home remedies that are safe and effective to treat a sore throat.
Local honey is a great treatment for a sore throat. It soothes and coats the throat and is safe for ages one and up. Chamomile tea is also effective at treating a sore throat and can be given to all ages. If your child is old enough to gargle, have them try gargling with salt water. Salt water is a proven method for helping with a sore throat. Gargling with baking soda mixed with water also will help a sore throat.
4 Carbonated Water With A Twist Of Lemon Cures Stomach Aches
Stomach aches are very common in babies and children. They are caused by a vast number of things, from eating something that disagrees with their tummies to intestinal allergies. It is hard for a parent to see their children in distress. Usually, the tummy troubles are nothing serious and can easily be treated with home remedies.
Carbonated water with lemon or lime has been known to help with an upset stomach. As well as minty tea. Cold water with lemon works well too. If your child is hungry but has a tummy ache, try and get them to eat plain things. Saltine crackers are a good choice as well as yogurt. Sometimes lying on their side can also help with a stomach ache.
Distractions also work, read them a book or turn on a movie to distract them.
3 Fill Up On Snacks Before Travelling To Avoid Car Sickness
Taking a family road trip should be something to look forward to not dread. When you have a child that gets car sick, road trips are not fun. There are some great home remedies that will help to prevent and treat car sickness. Before any trip make sure your child has eaten, and bring snacks for the ride. Feeling car sick can be made worse by having an empty stomach.
Distraction is another great way to help with car sickness. Sing songs, or play games with your child. Try and get them to looks at the surroundings outside of the car. Being relaxed will help them if they are feeling car sick. Bring cold water for them to sip on as well and keep the car at a comfortable temperature.
2 Use A Warm Compress For Earaches
Earaches are miserable and caused by a variety of things. They don't always mean you have to rush your little one to the Doctor. There are plenty of great home remedies to help soothe the pain. A warm compress can help immensely and is safe for all ages. Make sure it is not too hot, then place on the child's ear for 10-15 minutes.
There are also homeopathic ear drops that work well in treating the pain. Garlic works well, simply crush 1 teaspoon and simmer in two tablespoons of sesame oil. Let the mixture cool, then strain it and add two to three drops to the infected ear. Garlic is well known for its antibiotic properties.
Mixing white vinegar with rubbing alcohol and putting a few drops in the infected ear can help as well. Not only can it help heal the infection but it helps with the pain.
1 Place An Ice Pack On A Swollen Area For Ten Minutes
Bumps and bruises will happen and happen frequently. Children and babies can be quite clumsy. Falls are simply unavoidable. Some bumps and swelling will be totally safe to treat at home. There are a lot of hazards for babies and children, toys left about the house to trip over and learning to walk can both bring on many falls.
And when they fall, which they will, there may be some swelling after. Should your baby or child take a nasty fall and it is not severe enough to warrant a Doctor visit, here is a well-known home remedy for swelling, which works. Ice, obviously, is great at reducing swelling. Simply grab an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables and ice for 10 minutes once every hour for the first day.
Home remedies may have gotten a bad wrap before, but have made a huge comeback. They are tried and true and definitely worth using before rushing off the doctor. Many parents are leaning toward more natural ways to treat their children due to prescription medication being so bad. Long term side effects are still not known on some medications on the market.
When using a natural treatment or remedy we don't have to worry about long-term side effects. We are living in a time where health is talked about all the time. Everything seems to cause cancer, medications that were once thought safe have been proven otherwise.
We have learned of the dangers of prescriptions medications, which some are no different than street drugs.
It makes sense to try and use natural, homeopathic remedies to treat our children. After all, it is our job as parents to protect them and do what we feel is best for them. Should you try home remedies and they don't work, by all means, seek medical help! There are some things that make it necessary to see a Doctor.
But trying home remedies first, and using natural remedies is a great way to not overload a child's system with unnecessary medication. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, and using natural methods to treat ailments can help prevent against this.
When using home remedies be prepared for some judgment. Whether from friends, family or even Doctors. Don't let that be a deterrent, though. And remember, when using home remedies just use proper judgment in knowing what is working and what is not.