New Baby Home Remedy Tips
Sometimes we get caught up in all the advertising hype of what we need to purchase to keep baby happy and healthy. We can be blown away by all the different things around to tempt us. What I found confusing was that every different pharmacy or store I went into told me different things were needed to help my baby get well. I also got carried away with all the mumbo jumbo out there and yet I found that my grandmothers old fashioned home remedies worked just as well, if not better than most of the products in the market place. The best parts about her remedies were that they were so much cheaper and smelt so much nicer.
The first time my baby got a cold with snuffles and runny nose and eyes, I was a long way from a doctor and pharmacy but I did have some camphor and lavender oil on hand. I remembered my grandmother telling me to mix them together with a little warm olive oil and gently rub my baby’s chest with it. I did this and by the next morning her chest sounded a little clearer. I repeated this two times during the day and again last thing at night. Even though it took several days for his cold to clear up, it gave me great satisfaction that I did it naturally.
It is important to keep the fluids up when the baby has a cold and often a little freshly squeezed orange juice or some blackcurrant juice added to their boiled water can help them because of the vitamin C they will get from it.
Another thing my mother told me that I always found extremely useful was to add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to some hot water and place in a safe place, away from baby’s little hands, but close enough so the aroma surrounds them while they sleep. Not only does this smell lovely but is great for clearing blocked nasal passages. Great to put a few drops on your own hankie if you have a blocked nose. Just breathe in the oil whenever you feel you are becoming blocked up again.
If you are worried about the baby or something is telling you that it’s more than just a slight cold you do need to take him/her to a doctor to be checked over by a professional but if you are happy that it is nothing serious it is great to be able to help your baby naturally.
Another of my grandmother’s remedies that I found great was when the baby is teething or even as they grow older and get a toothache; you can help to alleviate the pain with a little help with Oil of Cloves. This can be found in all health food stores and is a great product to keep around the home as it has lots of great uses.
It the baby or child is teething or getting a toothache, rub a tiny amount of oil of cloves on the outside area of the face where the tooth or swollen gum is. Never rub it inside their mouths. This will definitely help to ease the pain caused and once again is a completely natural way of helping your baby.
If your toddler becomes constipated, then another great way to help them is to get some prunes into their system. You will probably find that they don’t like them, so a great way to get them to take it is to buy prune juice which tastes yummy and is easy to add to their bottled water or even with their cereal. Even adding just 1 drop of Chamomile Oil to some gentle oil blend and massaging on the baby’s tummy can help ease constipation. Make sure you get them onto wheat cereal or a similar breakfast cereal as soon as they are of the age recommended to take solids.
Another great fruit juice for them is grape juice as this also great taste and they usually love it. Always give them as much fruit in their diet as recommended at the various stages of growth. I found that mine loved pureed apple with a little homemade egg custard or yogurt. Often, the commercial baby foods that you buy not only are very expensive, but they don’t have the same taste or texture as what you make yourself. Babies also need good fiber in their diet to make sure they don’t get constipated so make sure you help your baby by ensuring that they get it naturally.
If your baby gets diarrhea, then 1 drop of Mandarin Essential Oil added to a massage blend can be gently massaged on baby’s tummy to help. This is only recommended if it is a mild form of diarrhea. I would recommend that you consult your family doctor if diarrhea continues as a baby can dehydrate very quickly and so you would need to have a professional check it out.
Not Sleeping or Unsettled
If you find that your baby is not sleeping properly at night time there are several things that you may like to do before you resort to any form of medication. I found that the new baby needs to be settled into a routine as soon as you come home from the hospital. They have been cocooned for the last nine months in a very safe, warm and snug place and have suddenly been wrenched from this and placed in a completely different environment. You need to get them back to that snug, warm and safe place as quickly as you can. If you continually keep picking the baby up and moving it around all the time, then it will soon become very unsettled and restless. If you do this you will find a very happy and contented baby will emerge.
Always check to make sure that the baby has nothing wrong to make it cry or not sleep. If it has been fed, is dry and not suffering any obvious pain then try this: Make the baby a lovely warm bath, scented with a drop or two of pure essential Lavender or Mandarin Oil. These oils are not only calming but they also have a slight sedative effect. Alternatively, you can add a drop of either to a good massage base and gently massage the baby all over. Not only will the baby love the massage each night but it will definitely help the baby sleep soundly.
A lot of people will tell you to use oil on the baby’s head if it gets cradle cap. I found that my grandmother’s remedy much easier and quicker to get rid of it. Mix some Bicarb soda with a small amount of warm water to make a soft paste. Rub this over the area but avoiding the eyes and leave it to dry. Just wash off with a soft cloth or cotton wool and you will find the cradle cap comes off very easily.
A great way to remove chewing gum from your toddler’s hair or from their clothes is to rub it with eucalyptus oil. My mom taught me about using this when I was a child and I can still remember her running to get out the good old eucalyptus oil whenever one of us either trod on or got chewing gum in our hair. It is just the easiest and best thing to use. This is not only a lot cheaper than all the expensive goo removers in the marketplace but it sure smells nicer. You will find that if you check the labels on the products available in the shops for this that most of them list the main ingredient as eucalyptus oil anyway.