Natural Remedies for Ear Infection

If your little one has ever had an ear infection, you know how miserable it can be. Pumpkin, our four-year-old, just had her very first ear infection a few days ago. It was actually pretty scary at first, because she woke up with a moderate fever that suddenly spiked to just under 103 degrees, but she had no other symptoms for hours! I kept asking her if anything hurt and she kept saying “no”. There wasn’t any ear pain at all until late in the day. Since I didn’t know what to treat, I made her some herbal iced tea to sip and we just waited for something to happen. Not a good way to spend your time! Once the ear pain hit, I finally knew what we were dealing with and I got busy consulting my most trusted herbal information sources. First off, here’s what we DIDN’T do.

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Making Tummy Time Fun for Baby

“Tummy Time” is so important for babies to be able to develop their neck, shoulder, back and arm muscles in preparation for crawling. As important as it is, it can be hard to get baby on her tummy often enough if she hates it. With our first baby, this wasn’t a problem at all. She loved the new perspective of seeing things from that angle. This little one, however, screams.

It isn’t a scream of pain, but of frustration. She had something called torticollis, which is an abnormal tightness down one side of the neck. In fact, her entire left side was tight. We took her to an osteopath who did wonders for her and now Babykins is able to push up evenly and turn her head both ways. The frustration stuck with her, though, and made it very hard to get any amount of tummy time in that didn’t […]

Natural Remedies for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Don’t miss my other popular natural remedies, below, as well as my Intro To Herbal Remedies! 🙂

“A friend of mine is expecting her third baby very soon and she just discovered that one of her little ones has hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). Knowing that I have been learning about herbs for the last several years, she asked what natural (and pregnancy safe!) things she could do to help her son get better and help reduce the risk of her or the baby contracting it. Curious about what I’ve found?…” Read the rest of my guest post over at Modern Alternative Mama!

Love natural remedies? I have a ton of other ones for you and I’m always adding more! Natural Remedies for Ear Infections Natural Remedies for Mastitis Natural Remedies for Abscesses Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

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Guest Post: Adventures in Breastfeeding

Today I’m guest posting over at Modern Alternative Mama. Head on over to learn all about our adventures in breastfeeding!

This post is linked-up at Your Thriving Family’s Weekend Whatever #12

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DIY Natural Baby Bath

As I mentioned in my post Toxic Babies, we don’t use any baby products on our little ones that are not all natural. Mainstream baby bath products are full of unhealthy chemicals and we’re not willing to spend outrageous amounts of money on the natural products at the store. I’ve come up with our own bath herb mixes and bath oils. Here is a simple and inexpensive one that is gentle enough for a newborn’s sensitive skin.

Ingredients:

oatmeal (I use organic, old fashioned oats) calendula petals

Instructions:

Mix the oats and calendula together (I like to use about two parts oats to one part calendula) and place in an air-tight container. Fill a medium mesh tea ball with the mixture and put it in the baby’s bath.

No soap is needed for a baby. The oats and calendula are soothing to the skin and gently cleansing. Be aware that […]

Safe Sleep for Baby

As one of my MANY “nesting” projects, I set up our co-sleeper/bassinet the other day. I feel better now that I have such an important thing crossed off my list! The reason that this project warrants a blog post is that I put something very important on the mattress. It’s called a “BabeSafe Mattress Cover”, and it’s something that we believe is very important for the health and safety of our babies. We used one for our older daughter and I don’t intend to ever have our babies sleep on any mattress without it.

So, what is a “BabeSafe Mattress Cover”? Glad you asked! 😉 Well, you can get all of the details at Eve’s Best (look to the left column- it’s the first item under “Healthy Baby”), so here’s my summary. The theory is that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (called “Cot Death” in many other English-speaking countries) is caused […]