Cold & Flu Natural Remedies for Babies & Toddlers

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’s so much research out there, showing just how harmful it can be. There’s 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.

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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!

Please note that I am just a mama seeking natural alternatives, and each mama should do their own research on these remedies. I would never tell a mother to give medicine or to not give medicine, as I do not have a medical degree. I have given my daughter dye free infant ibuprofen when she’s gotten a high fever or just been completely miserable. I do believe there’s a time and place for medicine, I just don’t feel it should be used quite as frequently as many use it.

Cold & Flu Natural Remedies for Babies & Toddlers:

-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.)

-Elderberry syrup (They make some for ages 1 and up. For babies I recommend a good immune support vitamin.)

-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.)

-Nose Frida

-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.)

Update: Additional Remedies (Added February 27, 2017):

-Warm garlic bath. Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic and antibacterial ingredient. I know a garlic bath sounds strange, but this is my personal remedy as an alternative to the sock method or drinking the cloves with water. I knew my daughter wouldn’t do either of those two methods, so I figured if the sock method absorbs the garlic through the skin, then why not a warm bath? I added a few cloves of garlic to my daughter’s warm bath when she was recently sick. It didn’t seem to bother or irritate her a bit!

Homemade electrolyte drink. (Keep in mind honey is not recommended to give to children under one year of age.)

-Peppermint oil diluted in a carrier oil on forehead to help cool a child from a fever. (Please research for yourself what oil brands are safe, what oils are safe for what age, and the appropriate amounts.)

-Eucalyptus oil diluted in a carrier oil on chest for a natural vapor rub. (Please research for yourself what oil brands are safe, what oils are safe for what age, and the appropriate amounts.)

-Warm liquids. (I boil water and add some honey, lemon, and coconut oil. Then let it cool down until warm, before giving to my daughter. Keep in mind honey is not recommended to give to children under one year of age)

-Cinnamon. This is a great antibiotic and antiviral ingredient as well. You could make a cinnamon tea with some honey by mixing a bit of honey and cinnamon together in a mug, and then pour hot water on top. (My daughter doesn’t love warm beverages so I just usually give her some applesauce with cinnamon and ginger on top.) (Please also note to never give cinnamon powder by itself – this is a major suffocation hazard!) (Also keep in mind honey is not recommended to give to children under one year of age.)

-Apple Cider Vinegar shot. (I wouldn’t recommend this for a baby but my toddler is able to drink this (through a dropper). If she’s sick I’ll take a shot with her so we can both take the nasty stuff together. I usually just give her 1 teaspoon ACV  mixed with 1 teaspoon water.)

-Saline Nose Drops.

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?

Trusting Jesus & Counting Pennies

The real reason I’m able to be a stay at home mom? The Lord! God worked everything out and is still working everything out. My husband and I took a huge step of faith when we had our daughter.

Just a few weeks before our daughter was born, my husband entered into a new position at his job, but on paper, it looked as though I’d still need to return to work. I had always longed to be a stay at home mom, but came to peace about working part time when I was pregnant. Then I had my baby girl and that peace was shaken quite a bit. I couldn’t imagine leaving her, and longed to invest all my time and energy into taking care of our home through cleaning and cooking, nurturing my baby girl, loving on her, and (most importantly,) prayerfully raising her up to know and love Jesus as her Savior. My husband felt the same.

We began to pray and seek God. Then we sat down and looked at everything financially, and realized that we could do it – but we wouldn’t have much wiggle room. No room for any big surprises in life (in other words no major car or home repairs etc.). We continued to pray for the Lord to reveal what His will for us was. He spoke to us clearly, that we were to take this step of faith and trust in Him.

Since that day, we’ve had our heat break, our washer break, had issues with plumbing, had to replace big appliances, etc. God provided for every single need. We were able to buy a home closer to my husband’s job, save on gas, save on utilities, etc. By trusting in the Lord, even though we couldn’t see what all was in store for the future, God made a way for us to cut down the cost of living and provide over and above our basic needs.

If you’re hesitant to take a step of faith in this area (or in another area), seek the Lord with your spouse. If your desire is one that is godly, sometimes you may be called to take a step of faith. It may not always be a smooth road, but God will provide and make a way.

“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;” -Proverbs 3:9

God instructs us to be wise with our money, so we are careful to budget out every penny, and try to save in every area that we can.  I decided to share some basic ways we have been able to cut down the cost of living, and since I love finding new ways to save money – please share your tips in the comments!

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Money-Saving Tips:

-Try using utilities less in general. Open up the blinds instead of turning all the lights on. Hang your clothes up to dry. Open up your windows in the summer, and dress warmer in the winter (but don’t roast or freeze yourself!). Take shorter showers. Join a cheaper phone company (I’m with Republic Wireless and pay $22 a month!).

-Cloth diapers! This has been a huge money saver for us. And I love it! It’s not complicated at all (don’t be intimidated). I also love that I’m putting a natural cloth against my daughter’s skin instead of chemical filled diapers (yes, even the companies that are all natural, free of dyes etc., and are organic are still filled with junk).

-Speaking of cloth, try to use cloth whenever possible instead of paper towels or napkins. Use cloth rags and cloth napkins.

-Cook/Bake from scratch. This really is a huge money-saver and not nearly as tough as it may appear. This includes making baby food from scratch – definitely way cheaper.

-Coupon. I’m not able to find incredible deals too often on organic products, but am still able to save a nice chunk of money through coupons. Check out this post.

-Start a garden and freeze or can extra produce for the winter. For a cheaper start-up, start your own compost, and save egg shells to start your seeds.

-Take a hobby or craft that you love and turn it into an Etsy shop. That’s how I started Garden Light Candles.

-Phone apps. I love to use these apps: Raise, Ibotta, Checkout51, ReceiptHog, and Swagbucks.

-Save on health insurance by joining a medical sharing program such as Christian Healthcare Ministries. Message me if you have any questions about this amazing ministry, at hillsideblessings@gmail.com (If you sign up, please let them know you heard about their ministry from member #165214)

-If you homeschool or if you’re looking to homeschool in the future, check out my friend’s blog post over at The Woolly Homestead.

-Celebrate your birthday with freebies! Check out this list of birthday freebies.

-Buy kids clothes from yard sales. My daughter wears like-new clothes and they are all either hand-me-downs or from yard sales. I spent probably $30 and was able to get enough clothes in the next size she’ll be in just from going to a few yard sales.

-Simplify your home. There are so many items that we really don’t need. I started selling items on my local Facebook mom swap, and was able to earn some extra cash, and enjoy having a less cluttered home.

-See if you can clean someone’s home, or a church for a little extra money. I have two cleaning jobs, and each of them take just under two hours, and are only once a month (and I can bring my daughter along).

-Look for free activities to do with your kids. My local library has a baby class that I go to once a week, as well as a ton of free summer activities to get involved with. In the summer, look for free concerts at local parks.

-Start making homemade gifts to save money on birthdays and holidays. Check out my post on homemade gift ideas.

-Follow money saving blogs by downloading the app, Bloglovin’. After downloading the app, follow blogs such as, The Krazy Coupon Lady, The Penny Hoarder, Passionate Penny Pincher, Hip2Save, Money Saving Mom, Passion for Savings, The Savvy Bump, Thrifty Littles, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and The Greenbacks Gal.

-Make your household and body products. Try making some homemade cleaners, laundry detergent (I use this recipe with a bar of castile soap), lotion bars, etc.

-If you’re looking to go out to a restaurant or other fun outing, look for local deals, coupons, etc. first. We almost always refuse to eat out or do an activity without a coupon. Also, consider splitting a meal with your spouse. Here’s an example: go to Texas Roadhouse and get free rolls (you could even ask for extra), use a free appetizer coupon (they send these frequently if you sign up for their e-mail or text list, but they can only be used when dining in), and split the Texas Size Combo of BBQ Roasted Half Chicken with Pulled Pork. All for only $13.99!

I hope these money saving tips help you out. I’d love to find new money-saving tips, so comment away! 🙂

Garden Light Candles – Official Grand Opening!

My Etsy shop, Garden Light Candles, is open for business!

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I’m so excited for this new journey! I’ve been enjoying making homemade candles for the past few years, and have spent a considerable amount of time researching the most natural ingredients. I use a natural soy wax for candles and wax melts, and fragrance them using 100% organic fragrance oils.

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Organic is very important to me, so I also wanted to have a completely organic candle. What better wax to use than beeswax? Beeswax candles are my favorite kind to make, because they are the most non-toxic and natural candles out there. Beeswax purifies the air when burned, and is thought to help with allergies and asthma. How incredible! My beeswax candles are made using organic beeswax and organic, unrefined, non-GMO, coconut oil. Some are left plain (they have a lovely light, honey fragrance), and some are scented with organic fragrance oils.

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All of my candles are hand-poured into a lead free and BPA free glass jar. To start off, I have four amazing fragrances. Honeysuckle, Cinnamon Bun, Lemon, and Vanilla Sugar. I’ll be releasing a new fragrance (watch out for a giveaway!) in one month.

This month ONLY, you can get 10% off using the code: MAY10. If you are local to the area that the candles are made, you might qualify for free shipping, so message me to find out (and if you live in the area, orders placed by Wednesday, May 4 by midnight, will arrive in time for Mother’s Day). You can reach me several places:

E-mail: GardenLightCandles@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gardenlightcandles/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gardenlightcandles/?fref=ts

And of course, Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/gardenlightcandles

10% of each candle sale will go to a ministry.

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What fragrances would you like to see available?