I remember being filled with worry as a new mommy, when my baby girl got her very first cold at just a few months old. I had always told myself that I only wanted to use natural methods when she got sick, but now those natural remedies would be put to the test, and if they didn’t prove to be successful, I wasn’t going to watch my baby girl suffer! Thankfully the natural remedies I tried really did (and still do) work for her.
Our culture has become so used to grabbing medicine for every ache and pain. There are times where medicine is truly needed, but more times than not, it’s really not needed. It can seem a lot easier to just grab some children’s acetaminophen next time your baby or child is sick, but do you know how harmful it can be to your child’s health in the long run? There is so much research out there, showing just how harmful it can be. There has been a lot of research linking acetaminophen to liver damage, and there are reports of babies and children dying from taking it. Although I’m just pointing out acetaminophen, most medicines are better to avoid altogether and replace with natural remedies when possible.
Did you know fevers are a good thing? They are the result of your body trying to fight off the infection. There are dangerous levels of fevers, so be sure to know the difference between a safe fever and a concerning fever.
There was a time when natural remedies were all we had! Of course, the invention of certain medicines has been live-saving, so I’m not trying to downplay that. But our bodies can take care of themselves more than we give them credit to. Sometimes we just need to give them a small boost – through a natural herb or supplement, to help it do it’s job more efficiently.
My 13 month old has been sick about 3 times in her life, and each time she was only really sick for one day. Each time she’s been sick, I have used the same natural remedies, and each time I saw her health improve very quickly. I hope these remedies will help your family next time cold or flu season comes around!
Cold & Flu Natural Remedies for Babies:
-Luke warm apple cider vinegar bath
-Mix a little apple cider vinegar into a fruit smoothie (Use lots of citrus fruits for vitamin C.)
-Drink lots of bone broth (My daughter actually loves drinking this cold in her straw cup.)
-Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Immune Support+Vitamins (I use this as soon as I feel like she’s been exposed to someone that’s sick, or as soon as I see any symptoms of her getting sick.)
-Probiotics (I actually use these frequently anyway, but I especially don’t miss a dose when she’s sick.)
-Humidifier at night (I’ve used it during the day when I felt she was really miserable.)
-Lots of nursing! (Breast-milk is filled with antibodies that help fight off all kinds of things, and breast-milk actually changes based off of your baby’s needs. It is so amazing that our bodies can know when our little ones are sick. So nurse away! Plus, they need the extra comfort when they’re sick anyway.🙂 )
-If you breast-feed, make sure you take care of your health also. I usually take probiotics, elderberry, and make an extra vitamin C smoothie with apple cider vinegar.
-Coconut oil on the nose to keep from getting sore (And since coconut oil is so amazing, I actually give her a spoonful to eat and she loves it!)
-During nap time and night time, keep your child’s head elevated by putting the mattress at an angle (I use a rolled blanket under the mattress at one end.) Or let baby sleep on you to help make their night more comfortable (I usually do this. Make sure you follow safe co-sleeping guidelines if you do this.)
-Run a really hot shower and don’t turn the fan on in the bathroom, or boil a pot of water. Let baby breath in the steam (Be careful not to allow them to come into contact with the hot water.)
I hope you’ll find this list beneficial for your babies and children. Please remember, I’m not a doctor so the methods that I’ve shared should be researched for yourself.
What natural remedies do you use for illnesses in your family?