Natural Remedies for Babies
In recent years, there has been a huge rise in the popularity of complementary and alternative remedies. More and more people are actively seeking holistic, natural approaches to take control of their health and wellbeing, and parents in particular, are looking for ways in which to support their wee one’s health using natural home remedies. In this blog post, I will do my best to provide a brief but thorough overview of some of the most affordable, safe, and effective ways in which we can turn to natural remedies to ease uncomfortable symptoms in babies.
Chamomile Tea for Tummy Aches:
Most people are familiar with the idea of a hot cup of chamomile tea to calm and soothe frayed nerves at the end of a long day, but did you know that chamomile lends itself well to many other uses too? In babies and small children in particular, chamomile tea can safely and effectively be used as a traditional remedy to ease digestive flare ups in the form of a compress.
To make a compress, simply add two or three chamomile tea bags (or tablespoons full of the dried flowers) to a bowl of boiling hot water and allow to steep for a few minutes to make an infusion. Once it has cooled down a little, soak a cotton cloth in the chamomile infusion, and wring it out so that it is damp but not dripping wet. Place the cloth on your baby’s abdomen and cover it up to keep as much of the warmth in as possible. IMPORTANT: make sure the cloth isn’t too hot by testing it out on the inside of your forearm first! To keep the compress warm, you can apply extra warmth by gently resting a hot water bottle on top. Again, just be careful that it is not too hot! Keep the compress in place for 10 minutes and repeat the process if necessary.
Onions for Stuffy Noses:
While they do not seem like the obvious choice when it comes to home remedies, onions are actually powerhouse herbal allies in their own right. In the case of the common cold, onions can be particularly helpful with breaking up congestion when babies have a stuffy nose. The step-by-step process is very straightforward: simply slice up an onion and place it on a plate next to the bed or crib in the baby’s room. The sulfur content in the onion draws out mucus and fluids in the body, effectively loosening up that stuffy nose with no side effects except for the unfortunate strong smell of onion that’s left in the room!
Another safe and simple home remedy for your baby’s clogged nose and cough is always ready and available in your own home: shower steam! The warm steam will gently loosen up mucus, making it easier for your baby to breathe more comfortably again. Simply go into the bathroom, steam it up, and hold your baby in there with you for a little while.
Prunes to Help Babies Poop:
No natural remedies blog post would be complete without mentioning the humble yet time-tested benefits of prunes! There’s a good reason why prunes have such a strong reputation for prompting regular bowel movements: they are very high in sorbitol, which is a type of sugar that has a mild laxative effect when consumed.
Whenever you see your baby straining to do a poop or their stools are too hard, try adding prunes to their diet. Simply hydrate and chop a few prunes and mix them in with whatever solid food you’re giving them. A bonus is that babies typically enjoy eating prunes because they’re naturally quite sweet.
Soothe Itchy Skin with Oatmeal:
More than just a healthy breakfast food, oatmeal has a variety of uses as a safe, natural herbal remedy. If your baby suffers from dry, itchy or flaky skin, you can try giving them an oatmeal bath! To make one, simply grind up some oatmeal in a food processor until a fine powder is formed. While running a bath, sprinkle half a cup of the ground up oatmeal into the water and mix thoroughly. The water should look milky and the tub will feel slick to the touch. Soak your baby in this oaty bath for 15 to 20 minutes, and repeat up to three times a day to soothe their troubled skin. A great thing about this remedy is that it is effective in adults as well, and makes a lovely, cost-effective home spa treatment for softer skin!
As you can see, there are many different home remedies out there for babies, and a quick Google search will help you come up with many more ideas as well. With so much information available at our fingertips, it is very easy to learn about ways in which parents can help ease their baby’s minor discomforts and support their health in a safe, holistic way. This can be an empowering path to take, but it doesn’t come without some level of risk. Remember that not all home remedies are as benign as a spoonful of prune juice, so be sure to check with your child’s doctor before giving them anything that you’re not sure about, especially if it is a product that does not clearly state on the label that it is safe for babies. Above all, use common sense! An excellent rule of thumb when it comes to home remedies for babies and small children is that less is more, and if symptoms persist always go see a healthcare professional.
I would love to hear what your best tips are for helping your baby sleep through the night. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
❤️ Monika Hricko,
Inspire Baby Wear