5 natural remedies for everyday common ailments for children

There may be solutions to your childs discomfort at home

When your baby is experiencing some kind of discomfort or pain you will do just about anything to soothe them. You will take them to the doctor. You will pay for lotions, potions and medicines. You will cancel plans and put everything else on the back burner. 
I've recently realized that we've great success with natural remedies. It's not intentional but there are some natural options that I would definitely recommend when treating or helping your child.
It got me thinking about other natural remedies I hadn't considered before. Here are some ideas. We've had great success with a couple of them. 
  • Oat Baths. We originally tried this when our son was prone to bouts of eczema as an infant. Most recently it has been great for soother him while he has the Chicken Pox virus. You simply fill a sock with porridge oats and hold it under the bath tap. Let the warm water run through it and squeeze the oaty goodness. The bath water will turn milky and it has incredibly powerful soothing properties.
  • Honey for a sore throat. I don't know why but I always thought this was an urban legend and just something we did because it felt nice. It actually made a huge difference to our son when he has Tonsillitis. He started to ask for it and he would eat small amounts after he had a teaspoon of honey. It seemed to coat and soothe his throat and make it less sensitive. Honey is not recommended until your baby is one years old.
  • Help your teething baby by changing their diet. I haven't tried this one but it's very interesting. Apparently foods with refined sugar, potatoes, flour and dairy can cause inflammation. Removing some of these food from your baby's diet is believed to make a difference to their experience of teething pain.
  • Onions as a de-congestive. Apparently chopping up and onion and leaving it on a plate beside your child's bed is an excellent way to help them de-congest. It can loosen up a stuffy nose. That would surely be worth the dodgy smell in the room.
  • Bananas as a solution for Diarrhoea. More specifically unripe green bananas. Apparently if you eat them with white rice they are a natural way of putting an end to diarrhoea due to the high pectin content. 
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff writer at www.familyfriendlyhq.ie.
Check out her own blog at www.loveofliving.ie

Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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