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Home Remedies for Kids

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.

Jaundice

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.

 

Colic

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.

 

Constipation

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.

Cradle Cap

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.

 

Dry Skin

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.

 

Congestion

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.

Fever

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.

Cough

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).

Tummy Pains

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.

Nausea

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.

Natural Supplements for Babies

There’s no better way to ensure your child’s optimum health than a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, but most parents would attest how these are easier said than done. That’s why pediatricians recommend giving children vitamins and supplements just to meet their daily needed intake. But how about offering natural supplements to kids? Although further studies are needed to ensure if natural supplements are safe and beneficial to babies (especially infants), more and more parents are advocating the effectivity of these to children’s diets. 

Check out Hey Mom’s list of kid-safe natural supplements to try:

Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA and EPA, that are contained in fish oil supplements are important for your child’s eyes and brain development. It also improves symptoms of ADD, ADHD, and depression. Go for distilled and mercury-free fish oil capsules or chewables that process cold-water fatty fish. 

Probiotics

Good bacteria from probiotics help balance gut flora in infants and adults. Probiotics promotes good digestion that prevents colic, reflux, allergies, constipation, and gas. You can give your child probiotics from food sources, or find a probiotic supplement safe for your infant.

Cod Liver Oil

Vitamin D is vital for mineral absorption, immune system health, cell growth, and insulin production. Sunlight naturally provides Vitamin D, but if you live in an area where sun exposure is limited, cod liver oil is rich in this vitamin and is normally safe for children to take.

 

Epsom Salt

Magnesium is a mineral that keeps bones strong and the immune system healthy. Magnesium deficiency is also said to cause ADD, hyperactivity, and stress. Epsom salt is a source of Magnesium that can be placed in your kid’s bath water, allowing it to be absorbed through the skin.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is a super food that’s a good source of fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, protein, B vitamins, vitamin E, and Zinc. Wheat germ can be added to your little one’s breakfast cereal, pancakes, or muffins. 

Sunflower Oil

Whether taken orally or applied on the skin, sunflower oil is known for its many benefits. It relieves constipation, lowers cholesterol, heals wounds, eases itch from insect bites and rashes, and moisturizes skin.   


Black Elderberry

To boost your child’s immune system, Black Elderberry is said to be a commendable supplement. It aids in fighting colds and flu and is said to be safe for kids of any age. Look for an extract or syrup at your local health store. 

Gelatin

Gelatin from animal bones (or nourishing gelatin mixes) is excellent for healthy hair, nails, joints, and digestion. Mix it with smoothies, marshmallow recipes, or simple gelatin snacks for your kids to try.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil contains omega-6 fatty acid (or linoleic acid), iron, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Have your child take a spoon of flaxseed oil or mix it with different salad dressings. Just remember not to cook with this oil as it can become harmful when heated.

 

Blackstrap Molasses

You can ditch the refined white sugar, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners at home and use Blackstrap Molasses instead. A spoonful mixed in your child’s dessert or drink can be a good source of manganese, copper, iron, and calcium.

Before you try vitamins or supplements for your little one, remember to consult your pediatrician. Your child may be in the pink and require just a few of the vitamins kids usually need. Furthermore, ask yourself these questions before purchasing any natural supplement: 

-          Does a reputable company produce the supplement?

-          Will the supplement cause an allergic reaction in my baby?

-          Is the supplement appropriate for my child’s age and development?

-          Does the label show clearly what the ingredients are, the recommended dosages, and the nutrient amounts expressed as RDA percentages?

Is the health claim backed up by studies?

Beauty Recovery after Pregnancy

After giving birth, the last thing you want to worry about is the way you look. Taking care of your newborn is first priority, of course. But taking care of your appearance can also boost your self-esteem and can help get rid of those postpartum blues. We've rounded up some tips on how you can carve your own path to beauty recovery after the nine months are up.

First of all, don't expect to look your best after pregnancy. For some women, it takes months to get back to where they were physically pre-baby. Aside from the excess weight, it's normal to have some hyperpigmentation (flaky, red skin around the forehead, eyes, and mouth) after giving birth. Factor in late-night feedings and the lack of sleep, these first few months can really take its toll on your skin.

 

Remember to get enough sleep and to drink plenty of water. Even though you're getting up in the middle of the night to feed your baby, take some time out during the day to take intermittent naps. When you're well rested, it’s not just your skin that benefits from it but your baby as well.

Start a cleansing routine using mild cleansers for your face. Choose exfoliants and scrubs with chamomile and aloe vera that are gentler and soothing to the skin. And most of all, remember to moisturize. Moisturizers with vitamin E and C are especially beneficial.

 

Remember to apply sunscreen daily. This not only protects your skin from the harmful rays of the sun but it also moisturizes it as well. Avoid products that contain hydrocodone as this can have adverse side effects when it comes in contact with your baby.

Apply lotion to your whole body after bathing. Use products with organic ingredients that are free from parabens, which are harmful for the baby. Be sure to stay away from salicylic acid or retinoids that are common in skin scare products because they can also be dangerous to your baby, especially if you’re breastfeeding.

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