Body & Soul: Natural Remedies for Babies

Fight ear infections, soothe teething pain, calm colic, moisturize cradle cap and remedy diaper rash with these natural remedies for babies.

| April/May 2011

Brigitte Mars and Chrystle Fiedler are the authors of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested and Almost-Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally (Fair Winds Press, 2011), from which this article is excerpted.  

When your child is screaming at four in the morning, it makes sense to reach for time-tested home remedies. Babies and children respond well to the gentleness of natural solutions, but when in doubt, always see your pediatrician.

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Fight Ear Infections

Babies and young children often have earaches. Earaches are classified as either otitis externa, which is an infection and inflammation of the external ear, or otitis media, which pertains to the middle ear. In the latter, excess fluid and mucous impair drainage through the Eustachian tubes. Symptoms of ear infections include pain, throbbing, discharge, and/or a feeling of fullness. Infants too young to talk may cry shrilly, pull and rub their ears, and have low-grade fever and/or diarrhea.

To help the body fight an ear infection, use the very effective herb echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, E. augustifolia). This herb has large polysaccharide molecules, which the body perceives as bacteria, thus the white blood cell production becomes activated, making the immune system stronger. One simple way to administer echinacea to a baby is in an extract or tincture form. Look for kid-friendly products made with vegetable glycerin rather than alcohol, such as those from Wishgarden Herbs’ Children’s Health line. They can be placed directly in the child’s mouth or added to beverages.

7/3/2014 1:50:20 PM

Newborns are very sensitive, they can get sick easily and it's better to treat them with natural remedies. As a precaution moms should check out for proper, natural clothing, synthetic materials are known to be the main cause of rashes.

2/8/2014 7:38:11 AM

Nice to read the article and getting some information about the baby and the health of the baby. For the baby's health people choose many type of products and few products give the better result for the baby, in many places natural products are very helpful for the baby.

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