You don’t need to rush to the nearest pharmacy or call your doctor at the sign of a common ailment in your child. Save yourself the worry and look around you, open your cupboards or your fridge, and you just might find a natural, healthy solution to ease your baby’s discomfort. Below are some home remedies you can try. Just remember to consult your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen.
Your newborn’s immune system isn’t as quick to process red blood cells just yet. This may increase the chemical bilirubin and cause your baby’s skin to look yellowish. Jaundice usually corrects itself, and exposing your child to healthy morning or late afternoon sunlight also helps.
When your newborn seems inconsolable, cries, and passes gas for hours on end, he may be colicky. Little is known about colic, but you shouldn’t worry as it subsides by his third month. Try feeding your baby chamomile tea no more than four ounces (about 120 ml) a day to soothe him.
We all know fiber is a great way to pass poop, and for babies, you can try adding prunes to their solid food diet. That’ll help them move regularly without strain.
You may notice flaky, greasy scales on your infant’s scalp. It looks unappealing but it’s normal. To lessen the scaly patches caused by cradle cap, you can simply use a gentle baby shampoo and softly brush your baby’s scalp while bathing.
If your little one has itchy, dry skin, you can mix about half a cup of ground oatmeal with water inside a baby tub. Soak your child for about 15 minutes daily until his skin is soft and supple again.
There are a number of ways to relieve congestion in kids naturally. For infants, you can place a sliced onion on a plate near the bed or crib. The sulfur in onion loosens up baby’s stuffy nose. Making your child drink a mixture of warm lemon water and honey aids as well, but make sure he’s more than a year old since honey isn’t safe for kids less than one year.
It’s important to note that a fever more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.78 degrees Celsius) in babies shouldn’t be dismissed, and your doctor has to be prompted immediately. If your baby is beyond three months and has a slight fever, you can try bathing him in cool water. Make sure it’s not too cold to shock him. Lemon has cooling properties that can reduce fever as well, so mix this with your child’s bathing water. Interestingly, chopped onion, chopped potato, or a soaked paper towel in egg whites placed in your baby’s socks help bring the temperature down. Just apply any one of these directly to his feet and cover with socks. Other common ways to lower the fever is a cold towel over the head or back of the neck, or a cool sponge bath.
Some experts suggest that a spoonful of honey is more effective than cough syrup. Just make sure you buy a reputable brand that bottles real, pure honey. Don’t give this to babies under the age of one year. If you can get your child to take Apple Cider Vinegar, this is a good remedy for asthma. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of cold water to make this easier to take. Letting your child breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water, then make him breathe in cold air (from the freezer will do) also aid with croup (a loud, bark-sounding cough typically caused by a viral infection).
You probably need to burp your infant if he’s experiencing tummy pain from gas. If this doesn’t help, a warm water bottle wrapped in a towel and placed on your child’s belly can ease the pain.
Ginger greatly aids in nausea, so have your child aged two years old or older drink warm ginger tea. Adding honey will make this easier to drink. If your kid is prone to carsickness, giving ginger tea 30 minutes before he gets into the car can relieve the symptom.