Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Acid Reflux
- Appetite Loss
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Vitamin C
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infections
- Athlete's Foot
- Baking Soda for HPV Wart on Tongue
- Bed Wetting
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Bloated Stomach
- Chamomile Tea
- Chapped Skin Remedies
- Children's Dosages
- Clogged Tear Duct
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Sores in Babies
- Colds and Flu
- Colloidal Silver, Coconut Oil
- Congestion/Cough Remedies
- Diaper Rash Remedies
- Ear Infections
- Early Puberty
- Egg Whites for Diaper Rash
- Eye Infection
- Fever Remedies
- Fluoride Poisoning
- Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
- Gallstone Remedies for Children
- GERD Remedies
- Gray Hair
- Hand Biting
- Headaches in Children
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Infant GERD Remedies
- Infantile Spasms
- Iodine for Eczema
- Joyce's Remedies for Infants
- Kidney Stones
- Lichen Planus, Keratosis Pilaris
- Low Muscle Tone
- Pacifiers and Ruined Teeth
- Percolate in Baby Formulas
- Picky Eater Toddlers
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Rashes: Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (Rsv)
- Salt Water Soaks
- Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Sinus Congestion
- Sinus Infections
- Skin Ailments
- Skin Allergies
- Slow Speech Development
- Spastic Muscles
- Staph Infection
- Stomach Virus
- Strep Throat
- Swimmer's Itch
- Teething Rash
- Turmeric for Allergies
- Turmeric for Boils
- Turmeric for Eczema
- Underweight Children
- Use Glass Bottles for Acid Reflux
- UTI Remedies for Toddlers
- Vomiting Food
- Whitehead-Like Rash
- Winter Babies
- Yeast Infection Remedies
- Yeast Rash
01/12/2011: Hb from Hampton Roads, Va, Usa: "Congestion/Cough remedy for Infant
Our 9 month old daughter is congested and has a cough that sounds like she is trying to expel mucous. She gets this every so often thanks to daycare and it seems like antibiotics her doctor prescribes don't really fix the problem. Are there any natural remedies I can use with her? I hate pumping her full of medicine. Many thanks!"Replies
01/12/2011: Aurora from Mason City, Iowa replies: "Hi Hb, when my daugther was five months old she got the congestion and what seemed like a very bad cough for such a young baby, so I took her to the doctor (in Mexico) thanfuly the Dr. was an old school Dr.
He adviced me to make a strong mint tea, which I could only find dry and set a pot of the very hot steaming te on the floor, Put the baby on my lap face down above the pot (please be very careful)and let her breath the steam I did this at night and nothing happen, but the next morning she sneesed and a whole glob of mucus came out. I think I did it one more time just to be sure everything was going to be out.
Hope this is a help and don't give babies antiboiotics if you can help it. Sincerly Aurora"
01/13/2011: George from Melbourne, Vic replies: "I would try ACV. It has worked for me. 2 teaspoons in a glass of water with one teaspoon of honey. Do this 3 times a day."
01/13/2011: Lita209 from Sanford, Fl, Usa replies: "I would not give honey to an infant."
01/13/2011: Bailey from Denver, Co replies: "Never give honey to infants younger than 1 year. Honey is a known source of bacterial spores that produce the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium makes a toxin that can cause infant botulism. This rare but serious form of food poisoning affects a baby's nervous system and can result in death. Unlike adults, infants haven't developed beneficial bacteria in their digestive tracts that can control botulism spores and prevent growth of the bacterium and production of its toxin."
[YEA] 08/12/2010: Tina from Flint, Mi, United States: "Constipation in babies 1 month and over
I just wanted to let you all with infants and babies to know that if your child is constipated to give him or her a warm bath ~ in the sink is good so that you can have the child in it from the midsection down in the warm water. You need to add nothing to the water, just have it warm and keep the child happy and comfortable for oh a minimal of like 15 mins to like 25mins. And the warm water will loosen their bowels naturally.. Then watch out because you will have a sink or bath tub to clean... But a very content child afterwords. I have found this to work every time my daughters and now our grandchild has this issue. Alot of the time it's due to too much iron in their formula and not enough water through the day.. Hope this will help even one distressed parent dealing with these kind of issues.. Because when baby's not happy ~ no one in the house is happy. PEACE!"
10/02/2009: Rachel from Anna, Tx, USA: "Help with baby constipation
Please help- I have a nine month old girl at home with a chronic constipation problem for the last 6 months. If I let her go on her own she may have a BM once or twice a week and they are very painful for her to pass and very large. The doctors are not much help and I've done everything they have suggested with little change and even that only temporary.
I have tried the following: baby laxative consisting of magnesium citrate, changing formulas (from Enfamil lipil to Enfamil gentle ease-helped for about 3 weeks, earths best organic, and a couple of others), raw milk from Jersey cows, omega 3 supplement, probiotic, fresh fruit including peaches, pears, apples, apple juice, pears juice at least 4-5 oz a day which worked for 2 days then stopped working I stopped giving it to her because I feel that is too much juice, fresh blended spinach, Epsom salt baths, massage with almond oil and lavender essential oil, q-tip with Vaseline,
thermometer with Vaseline both inserted to stimulate a movement, steamed broccoli, raw garlic, dark corn syrup, concord grape juice diluted, aloe vera juice and now against what I believe to be nutritious soy formula. I give her liquid suppositories to make her go but she is now holding her BM in because it is so painful for her. I am trying enemas to help but she tenses up before I can insert them and I don't want to hurt her. Please if anyone knows of something I have missed please tell me.
I don't know what else to do for her. She's had an X-Ray which came back normal- nothing keeping her from having a BM. Also she only began having this problem when I began supplementing her with formula when I wasn't producing enough milk. While she was on breast milk she had no issues. But when I went back to work I slowly lost my supply and since then she has had this problem.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated."Replies
10/03/2009: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, USA replies: "To Rachel with the constpated baby: Read the material in EC about magnesium, and you will have to get the baby to drink more fluids, and fruit for fiber, or make your on nutrious smothie and use the flavors the baby likes...I hope this helps. Merryanne"
10/03/2009: Tricia from Ireland replies: "I first noticed my newborns poop problems in hospital but the nurse told me that she was having a reaction to the baby wipes we were using and to use cotton wool and water. Oh, foolish me. I went home thinking she would be fine. Anyway the problems got worse (is every new mother REALLY that apprehensive as they kept telling us?). All we got was a prescription for permanent laxatives. Eventually a very kind doctor rightly guessed that her back passage was slightly too small for her body. There is no way of testing to prove if he is actually right. This may not be the reason for your child's constipation but his advice at the time was to give her prune juice. Now she was only 10/12 weeks old at this stage so we had to water it down to 1 oz prune juice to 3 oz water and she had to take this in 1 oz lots in between her bottles (my milk didn't kick in). Her feed also has to be changed to a softer formula with pre-biotics added. We learned the hard way that we should have started this early in the morning rather than at night. We walked the floors with her for 12 hours. It took 3 days to work and the first day of pooping was pure liquid and projectile. Oh, and also foul smelling.
By the time she was your baby's age, we administered the prunejuice in 4 oz lots 2 times per day still watered down so that it is only 2 oz of prune juice and there was a BM every day. If we missed one it didn't matter. If we were away and missed 2 it did. When solids were introduced we had to wait longer to introduce proteins and starches. Her diet was mainly fruit and vegetable, no potatoes or rice or meat till much later thn the norm.
We also kept her on her bottles to guarantee her intake of liquids for longer than usual. We had no problems with toilet training.
At the ripe old age of four she has now started school and because the teachers don't check to see if they eating and drinking their lunches and breaks, we are having a few problems again but at least she is old enough to tell us what is happening her or when the pain is building up so that we can do somthing about it.
My main problems with the prune juice were personal. In a babies bottle it looks like coca cola. People would take the bottle away from me and throw it in the bin before I could explain. They were usually interfering busybodies who loved their own voices so much I couldn't get a word in edgeways. Having to get that extra liquid into her made her less hungry so getting enough solids into her to keep her asleep all night took extra time. And travelling abroad we would have to make up extra to drink in front of security at the airports and make sure that we could get the brand that worked for her wherever we were going or bring loads of it with us.
You have my sympathies. Yor post has brought back all my feelings of frustration and I am even shaking as I type this."
10/04/2009: Rachel from Anna, Tx, USA replies: "To Merryanne and Tricia- Thank you so much for such a quick response and support. I have tried the magnesium citrate and it didnt work. I cant imagine why it didnt. And giving her prune juice didnt either but prune baby food works occasionally if I give her a warm bath right afterward. Which is why I tried so many other things, I also give her water daily. I wondered if she had a milk allergy but the soy milk had no effect on her either. I recently started giving her flaxseed oil in with her milk and this seems to be working, at least for now. Most of what I have tried has come from this site so I thank you EC for having such a wonderful site with so much great information. I am always here looking for natural remedies for all of my family."
10/06/2009: Merryanne from Orange City, Fl replies: "To Rachel,,, Good luck with the constipation problem,,keep trying different things, different foods, juices, high fiber,,low fiber. But good hydration is essential, and exercise is important, or massage might help,, Merryanne"
01/21/2010: Susan from Ohio, Illinois replies: "My daughter experienced similar problems. We tried everything the doctors told us to. With no positive results. Several months and several biopseys they recommended surgical modification. I revolted at that idea. We refused to follow this path. My daughter was found later to have dairy allergies. At this time the leche insisted my daughter could not be allergic to breast milk. We switched to soy. Still stooping was painful and impossible. Around this time a complete stranger told me her daughter suffered this way until she put barley cereal into her bottle. Truth be told she started pooping freely. Once the concrete was passed. By this time we had to manually stimulate her movements bc her sphincters were not working properly. To this day we remember how horrible this episode was and thank the good fortune of the barley cereal"
[YEA] 04/24/2011: Hermes from Princeton, Nj replies: "Hello, dear worried mothers. Have you tried taking your babies to a chiropractor? I did take her when she was 6-month-old after I had tried everything - more liquids, prune juice, thermometer in the rectum, etc. - and just happened to mention of my desperation to the chiropractor I normally see. He did some gentle manipulation of her legs and upper body over a few sessions. The results came in a few days when her bowel movements started to normalize and became more regular. I know that there are plenty of options but if you have tried them all, you may consider this too. It may be a subluxation that is causing it all of a sudden."
03/31/2012: Dayna from Newburgh, Ny replies: "Not sure if anyone posted this but my pediatrician recommended putting brown sugar in my daughter's bottle. Only need about a teaspoon for every 4 oz. But it totally helps - we also gave pedialyte. I would switch her bottles one with formula and brown sugar the next feeding would be pedialyte. I hope your baby is doing better."
08/10/2012: Alt-rocks from Suffolk, United Kingdom replies: "For constipation in babies: When changing the nappy, push the legs up and down in alternate motions. (Bicycle motion) slowly a few times, then push both legs up towards the tummy, and straighten slowly a few times."
05/19/2013: Cheryl from Utah replies: "Try miralax mixed with any liquid. It worked for my son. Also, my chiropractor helps a lot of kids/babies with just one painless visit. Find one that uses the Blair technique. (He also cured my migraines)"
06/15/2013: Shazi from Ajman, UAE: "My 2 month baby has cough I don't want to give her antibiotic what should I do ? Plz tell me some home remedies. Advance tnx."Replies
06/15/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, Usa replies: "Hi! Rachel Weaver has a recipe for Garlic Salve that she uses on babies (even little ones) for a cough in her book, "Be your Own Doctor. " Here is the recipe:
- 1/3 c. Coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 cloves peeled garlic
- 5 or so drops of lavender oil
"Pour everything into a blender and mix until smooth. Strain off the bits of garlic, and store the liquid in a wide-mouth glass jar in the fridge. It will solidify as it cools. If your child has super sensitive skin, you might try adding more coconut oil and olive oil.
Apply liberally to the chest, back, and bottoms of feet (covered with socks) at least four times a day, and as often as every couple of hours, as needed. This isn't something that you can overdose on, so don't be afraid to use too much. If it doesn't seem to be working, use more!"
Rachel Weaver has used this to treat babies with pneumonia. She uses it like an anti-biotic, except it is also anti-viral. (She will say to use it every two hours if you are treating pneumonia. )
If you do not have coconut oil, just substitute more olive oil for the coconut oil. You can skip the lavender if you don't have it. The garlic is the most important thing, it just must be diluted in the olive oil.
~Mama to Many~"
07/07/2013: Ollie from St.Cruz De Tenerife, Spain: "We are battling our son's (18months) rashes for 7 month now. He has dermatitis and it all started when he dropped when he started to walk. He got a little wound on his chin that was already red because of denting. It turned infected an spread from his chin further below and a third spot, all in line. After doctors recommendation we applied oral antibiotics and than it turned really bad. Since then it is a non ending nightmare. We tried anything (colloidal silver, tea tree, manuka oil, manuka honey. Since three weeks we are on Apple Cider Vinegar and Virgin Coconut Oil. One spot is closed but the other two not. We are desperate and frustrated. One day it looks better and the other is back open wound weeping, is always red and dry around the weeping spot. My wife is still breastfeeding fortunately. We sleep with him (for all this time)to avoid the scratching. We don't know anymore what to do and would appreciate any help... Thx a lot to e.c. Many remedies have helped but we haven't found the key solution."Replies
07/07/2013: Mt from Ottawa, On, Canada replies: "Try calendula salve (calendula with extra virgin olive oil)."
07/08/2013: Mama To Many from Middle, Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Ollie, So sorry about your child's suffering! I am wondering if it could either be eczema or a staph infection. (Maybe both.) The things you are doing sound very good and I would continue them and try a couple of more things.
Extra Virgin Coconut oil and tea tree oil topically three times a day. (Unless the tea tree seems to irritate.
Continue the apple cider vinegar and breastfeeding... Both very important!
I would add 1/8 t. turmeric powder - 3-4 times a day. You can mix it with applesauce or honey. It is great for inflammatory skin conditions. I have used this for my little ones myself. (Always make sure child is drinking enough. Turmeric can be constipating without enough fluids.)
If it is eczema, it could be an allergy... Even something in mama's diet. Many of my children had all sorts of trouble if I had dairy products. You could try taking both off dairy for a while to see if that helps.
Chamomile is also really good for skin problems. You could moisten a chamomile tea bag and hold in on the spots for 5 minutes a few times a day.
Some other things that would be important are to avoid processed foods, food dyes, sugar, etc.
It isn't in a very convenient place (or easy age) to use a charcoal poultice, but it might be worth a try if nothing else you do helps.
Please keep us posted on what helps!
~Mama to Many~"
07/08/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Ollie, It is quite evident from your description that the wound which produced the infection is the basis for the facial inflammation. The child almost certainly has a viral, fungal or parasitic infection derived from his scrape on the floor when he fell. You said you'd tried colloidal silver and I'm often on Earth Clinic touting the remarkable benefits of CS... But some CS do not have the parts per million sufficient to do the job. Try a different CS. Apply topically and let him take a few drops internally using a dropper. Only within the last 10 days Dr. Mercola, a very well known complimentary doctor in the States, posted on his web site the amazing benefits of CS. I'd recommend you look at that site because he does cite sources that authenticate the benefits of CS.
Next, if CS did not do the job, can you obtain the herb "Echinacea"? That herb in liquid form is remarkable for killing microbes especially those derived from biting creatures such as spiders. Not that I think the child was bitten by a spider, but the fact that your child was scraped on the floor suggests he may have picked up a microbe that Echinacea could handle. You apply Echinacea topically repeatedly every hour letting dry on skin's surface and put one drop in water and let him drink doing this three times in a day. Do this every other day for a week.
Ollie, since this is a baby please read about dosages compatible for children. I know what I, as an adult, can consume but don't know about children. CS has been used by humans for thousands of years so I have less worry about that. But the infection in the child's face certainly means that the infection will cause serious problems unless you kill it now.
Thus, research CS by going to Mercola's web site and use the internet on the Echinacea. At least that's what I would do if the child were mine."
Diaper Rash Remedies
[YEA] 05/05/2013: Harms from Austin, Texas: "I cloth diaper my son and for some reason every so often he gets this horrible rash. I think it's his over night diaper sitting on his skin for so long. He pees A LOT. But he sleeps 12 hours now (17 months) so I don't want to disturb his sleep. Anyway, about once a month this horrible rash that bleeds and makes him scream occurs. I started bathing him in colloidal oatmeal and putting coconut oil on his bum after baths and in the morning it is almost gone. So, I decided to make my own rash cream. I use virgin coconut oil, a few drops of witch hazel and enough colloidal oatmeal to make it a thick paste and voila! He is forever cured of the nasty rash. I keep it in the fridge, not sure why, but I think it helps it stay fresh? Try it try it try it!!"Replies
05/06/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Just thought I'd mention if you use fabric softener, that prevents the diaper from absorption. One of my brothers would sometimes get a horrible rash. Hindsight is 20/20."
05/06/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "My previous post was sent before I finished. I must have pushed submit instead of edit... I'm doing a thousand things right now and my husband was leaving for work. My mom used fabric softener on everything and it causes fabric to repel water so the diaper was less absorbent and the urine or stool would irritate even though she used powder. Anyway, the point I was trying to make was, prevention of diaper rash is better and you can pick up a tube of Vitamin A&D ointment at the drug store to use on your baby when you change the diaper. This ointment also takes away the pain from diaper rash. I was only offering another remedy for anyone who didn't have the time to prepare your method."
05/06/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Just use the A&D at night when the baby goes to bed if you prefer."
11/01/2013: Jess from Nh replies: "Baking soda and/ or bentonite clay has done wonders for any kind of skin irritation when added to the tub. When a child a used to care for had a yeast infection and screamed when the water touched him, I added baking soda and salt and he played like normal. My own son cut his penis with his nail and it was swollen and angry looking. I added baking soda and bentonite clay and the redness went away within minutes of being in the tub."
09/10/2012: Sunshine Mommy from Muscat, Oman: "Our daughter is just over a year old and has suffered only once from diaper rash which was cured within 24 hours.
For the first year we used olive oil instead of any creams on her bottom before putting on her daiper. Every night a few drops of Olive Oil is put in her bath water. Her skin is fabulous. She had daiper rash once which we put Lansinoh (lanolin cream for cracked nipples) on and the rash cleared up in 24 hours. Lansinoh/lanolin is known to 'stick' to broken skin / rashes / blisters and allows the healing process to continue, and most importantly give our daughter relief from the soreness she experienced.
Recently we have been putting Virgin Coconut Oil on instead of Olive Oil before putting on her daiper, which has eliminated a very minor rash patch, which I was concerned may have been baby candida - the VCO appears to have stopped this within 24 hours and skin is normal.
Our Dr was very surprised that our daughter has was not prone to suffer from any daiper redness - developing into rashes etc, so we showed the Dr what we used (Olive Oil daily and Lansinoh for the rash the one time it occured or if we think a rash may develop). She kept the bottles we gave her at the clinic and then showed to other parents who's children suffer from nappy rash. This info has spread through the various local mums too as well as my sisters new baby and other friends. (Some mums will only use medical creams and do not believe in natural remedies! ).
Changing babies daipers often is very important to remove urine from skin contact."
[YEA] 08/10/2012: Alt-rocks from Suffolk, United Kingdom: "Using corn flour in place of talc or cream on your little ones bum will stop nappy rash from occuring. A friend of my mothers gave me a huge box of corn flour when pregnant with my first, and told me to use it when changing little one, just dust some onto your hands and pat on clean dry bum. I have used this for all three of my children and never had to use nappy rash cream."Replies
08/10/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Alt-rocks, is this what we call corn starch?"
08/11/2012: Alt-rocks from Felixstowe, Suffolk, United Kingdom replies: "Hi, In the UK and SA it is called corn flour, however I believe you are correct, it is cornstarch in the USA, and other countries."
[YEA] 08/10/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe: "Last night I tried cocounut oil (Barleans) on a baby's diaper rash. This morning the difference for the better was astonishing!"
[YEA] 06/26/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada: "Milk Kefir is truely god sent. If your baby is having diaper rash, just apply real milk kefir and the rash would vanish the next day or two. Don't use doctor recommended steroidal creams on your baby's tender skin.
In fact milk kefir, will cure any type of skin disease when applied externally. It is good for Eczema, fungal infections etc. Hope this helps."
[YEA] 01/05/2012: Spikey58 from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada: "Hi, My husband's grandmother was changing my daughter's diaper yrs ago and she had at that time a severe diaper rash. Told her how I have tried many things but it seem to be getting a lot worse. She took some white flour and browned it up slowly in a pan and told me to sprinkle in on her bottom everytime I changed her diaper and by morning it was damn near gone. I was shocked. Have used this many time for my grandchildren and it works like a charm. Hope someone can find this useful."Replies
01/06/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "Sounds like it draws the yeast away. Great post. I will definitely keep that in mind for my grand babies (when they come in about 10 more years hopefully;)"
[YEA] 02/23/2010: Natalie from Tillamook, Or: "I used coconut oil and garlic capsules (or liquid) to cure my babies diaper rash. After a week of her rash not going away we mixed 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil and opened 3 capsules (or 6 drops) of the garlic and applied twice daily. She is doing much better. I also use the same mixture on any cuts or scrapes she may get."Replies
[YEA] 07/03/2012: Feqa from Amman, Jordan replies: "Hi mothers, I used ACV for my nephew bad diaper rash externaly and when it dry I wipe sesame oil over it at night, the next day it disappear completely."
10/26/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe: "Mama to Many: what was it that you used for your toddler to loosen up his diapers when he was passing "pellets"? I can't find that post."Replies
10/26/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Mmsg,
I used a Dr. Christopher formula, "Kid-E-Reg." It has in it: Fig Syrup, Slippery Elm Bark, Fennel, Licorice, and Anise. I tried to make my own but it didn't turn out as tasty.
Have a great day!
~Mama to Many~"
10/27/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Mama to Many, thank you!"
[YEA] 02/03/2013: Viavapor's Mommy from Bentonville, Arkansas: "Hello everybody, Children's remedies-activated charcoal and turmeric for kids diarrhea - I am so happy to have found the feedback on turmeric and activated charcoal for children's diarrhea. My 17 month old had severe diarrhea from a stomach flu that has been going around our home. He had already had 4 diarrhea diapers before I hopped on earth clinic (wasn't aware they started a children's remedy section) it immediately helped!
i mashed up one banana and mixed it with 1/3 280 mg capsule and est 1/3 tsp of turmeric, I added a little honey too to make sure he would eat it. Normally he feeds himself and gets 1/2 of it on his bib and high chair tray. So instead I approached him in the living room and just kept shoveling in his mouth (he was willing but I didn't want him to sense any after taste) while saying "mmm mmm it's good" Lol! That's stopped diarhea for another 5 hours so I just kept giving him it more frequently afterwards sometimes just a 1/2 banana and would you believe it has kept his diarhea at bay! ?! I was beginning to think I'd have to take him to the E.R. Room or something. Please, please everybody please submit your feedback so we can build up this portion of Earthclinic!!!"
[YEA] 07/23/2012: Kentucky Mama from Clinton, Ky: "My 11 month old baby had diarrhea for several days due to teething. I knew charcoal would help, but he isn't much for cooperating with eating what I don't want him to eat. However, we spend all day keeping him from eating whatever he finds on the floor! I put a charcoal tablet on the floor in front of him. He ate it. I did this a couple of times that day and it really helped his diarrhea. If he took a bottle, I would have mixed 1/2 t. Of charcoal powder in 4 oz of water and given it to him that way. Everyone should keep charcoal on hand for every day things, especially accidental poisoning!"