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Chronic Cold Remedies
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Posted by Norm (Asheville, Nc) on 12/23/2013

Dear Mama to Many, what is your recommendation to help with kids ages 4 - 6 years old who are having difficulty getting over colds and who get colds a lot? Thanks.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
Most common colds (70% or more) are caused by rhino virus. Zinc stops the production of the rhino virus in its tracks. Zinc gluconate or picolate would be good choice.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Dear Norm,

We have done lots of different things over the years. I will go ahead and share what we are doing now, and may post again as I recall other things that have seemed to help in the past.

We have had amazing results using Astragalus Root. I put my 5 year old son on it over the summer. He was getting countless tick bites and I was concerned about him getting Lyme Disease. I had him taking 2 capsules (about 1/2 teaspoon) daily. He has been doing this for many months. Astragalus Root is used to boost immunity. It is a mild herb and used for food in other cultures. This son has not had any sickness at all this fall. He has certainly been exposed to a lot of sickness this fall, but has stayed well, praise the Lord. We even had a cold go through the family in October. His 8 siblings all got it and he did not. So, I am pretty excited about Astragalus Root! If you children are not yet able to swallow pills, Astragalus Root is quite mild and 1/2 teaspoon can be stirred into applesauce or a smoothie. You may also be able to get or make astragalus root tincture. It can be used during acute illness but is better used as a preventative.

Currently in our community, a terrible respiratory virus and the flu are going most of my family are taking Astragalus Root and some other things.

Some other things that we are currently using to prevent sickness in our family (children and adults) are vitamins C and D. Prioris mentioned zinc, which I have heard is good.

I also made Elderberry syrup a few weeks ago, which is tasty and easy to get everyone to take. Here is a link to a recipe:

Adults in my house are taking 1 Tablespoon per day and children are taking 1 teaspoon a day. When we have been around sick people, we are taking it 2-3 times a day. I was feeling a cold coming on a couple of days ago and starting to take 1-2 Tablespoons every time I thought of it and it seemed to nip it in the bud...I did also use Colloidal Silver several times a day.

Colloidal Silver is something I have been trying to prevent colds since Dave wrote about it. I am using a 10ppm strength. I have it in a dropper bottle. I put 1 dropperful in each ear and nostril several times a day when feeling something coming on. With children, I have tried to do this once or twice a day. They are not very fond of it. For small children I am just using a few drops per ear and nostril. You can do this daily to prevent and more often when sickness occurs.

I think a good diet is helpful to keep the body ready to fight colds. Avoiding processed food and processed sugar as much as possible is good. So is avoiding MSG, soda, etc. When children have colds, we avoid dairy, especially milk and ice cream. (We actually rarely consume them anyway, unless we have access to raw milk.) Human milk is fine when children have colds, by the way, , though you are not talking about nursing little ones. (I have had doctors say to wean children when they have congestion, but human milk is not a dairy product and I reject that advice.) We do try to eat fresh fruit (mostly apples) daily. That saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away can't be for nothing! )

But even children on excellent diets who get plenty of rest etc. do get sick sometimes.

If you have little ones that are struggling to get over colds, the above things should be very helpful. I also try to get herbal teas into them. Some will drink vinegar tea. (For a child, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1 - 2 teaspoons honey in a small mug with hot water.) This is excellent if they will drink it. If they like cold, herbal tea, sweetened with honey can be made into popsicles.

Garlic Salve can be made to help with chest colds. It is super. It should be used often. It doesn't smell great, but it sure does help. Here is a recipe:

Well, I hope something here will be helpful. If I remember anything else, I will try and post it later! Have a great day!

~Mama to Many

Replied by Tina
Cambridge, Ma
Mama to Many: I have many friends with young children and will pass this information on them. Thank you thank you!
Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa
Regarding zinc, they should take 50 to 100 mg 2 or 3 times a day until cold is gone. If someone feels cold coming on, take 100 mg a day until it subsides. 50g a day is good for maintenance dose. You play it by ear.
Replied by Jillery
North America
50 mgs not 50 GRAMS, correct?
Replied by Prioris
oops ... yeah, 50 mgs
Replied by Norm
Asheville, Nc
[YEA]   To Mama to Many: Many thanks for your very generous advice on how to prevent chronic colds for my grandkids! I was astounded at your detailed and loving advice and health wisdom, and I hope that 2014 is a wonderful year for your whole family. Sincerely, Norm

Clogged Tear Duct
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Posted by Phil (Dearing, Ga) on 03/05/2010

I have just found out today, that a 6 MOUNTH OLD BABY GIRL will have to have surgery for a CLOGGED TEAR DUCT in April. Doctor said infection could spread or blindness could occur if surgery was not preformed. I believe the baby's weight to 12 to 15 pounds.There is no other name that has been given by the doctor. ( He just says clogged tear duct )

So I am believing this to be some kind of infections, since the doctor said it can spread...

Ted or anyone have any natural remedies for this???

I believe the mother has massaged the eye and put warm cloths on it. None of this has helped.

Replied by Cb
Blaricum, Netherlands
Hi, You can try to put Castor oil on the eyes, another remedy is green teabags on the eye (probably green tea on a cloth will be ok). Regards, CB
Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi
My son had clogged tear ducts when he was a baby. I had to massage the side of his nose by his eyes and mucus would come out. Then I would have to put an ointment in them. The Dr. said he would wait until he was five months old but if it hadn't opened up by then he would have to open them up (lance them open somehow). I found an herbal recipe, mixed it up and put it in one eye. The following day I was so worried because his eye (underneath) was all red and it was even red down into his cheek. The following day, it was as clear as a bell and so I did the other eye and the same thing happened. After that, they were fine. The next trip to the Dr.s office, he was happy that they had finally cleared up. I didn't tell him what I did. I will look up the recipe and post it as soon as I find it.
Replied by Rosie
La, Ca
I know someone who had to get a this surgery a couple of times, and the third time it happened someone told her to massage her tear ducts. Her tear ducts no longer get clogged. Simply put your thumb and index finder on either side of your nose and gently massage the tear ducts (press/release, circles). You will easily feel them. Try it on yourself before deciding to try it on the baby.
Replied by Tricia
It's always worrying when a small child has anything wrong. I had this done as an adult many years ago. I don't mean to be dismissive but the GP probobly shouldn't have called it surgery. That makes the procedure sound much worse than it actually is. The Doc will put eyedrops in to deaden and and dilate the tear vessels. A baby may need more anaesthesia to stop them from wriggling and moving. Then a saline solutuion is washed through using a syringe. Took less than 5 min. Afterwards I drove home (Bout a 100 mile) without any problems.

I had the clogged tear duct for close on a year after having an operation near my eye without any infection setting in. My doc kept saying that infection shouldn't be a problem as the eye is self cleaning. My main problem was that because the natural liquid in the eye couldn't flow the the tear duct, one eye kept "crying".

However if there is mucous building up that can become infected and if massage doesn't work - this is not a procedure that anyone should be afraid of. I didn't even have a bandage.

Replied by Piper
Toronto, On Canada
My daughter had this several times. A woman suggested breast milk, which I had and I did put in her eyes and she never had the problem again. She claimed breast milk cured just about everything.
Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
When my first son was a newborn (he's now 25) he had a clogged tear duct and my midwife told me to squirt some breast milk in his eye and gently massage. Worked like a charm. Breast milk is magical!
Replied by Olga
Miami, Florida
My lil one had the same problem, some day would get better, some day he couldn't even open his eyes from the night until I can clean it up with tea. Doctor said if by 1 birthday it wouldn't clear up, than surgery would be needed and that it is very common. We used prescribed antibiotic baby eye drops (prevent infection)Second time around don't think would use them. And as was mentioned before massaging the very corner of the eye (where the duct) but still about every hour eyes needed to be cleaned with chamomile or black tea. About week after his first birthdays everything disappeared. So listen to your gut and Good Luck!
Replied by Rebecca
Clayton, Il
My infant son had a clogged tear duct and his eye was constantly irritated. The pediatrician gave me some drops. I used them, but they didn't clear his eye up. I talked to my grandmother (a mother of 9 children) and she told me to put breast milk in his eye and massage the tear duct. Within a couple of days it was cleared up! The day after I talked to my grandmother, I was discussing my son with my friend from Russia, and she suggested the same thing my grandmother had. It really works!
Replied by Erin
Sandy, Ut
Ditto on the use of breastmilk to clear up the clogged tear ducts or conjunctivitis. I've used it on 3 of my babies and it's worked within a couple days on all three. Just squeeze some into the clogged eye each time you breastfeed. If you don't breastfeed, you can either try to get your hands on some breastmilk and use it, or you can try putting a drop of black tea in each eye, which doesn't sting. My sister-in-law didn't try this and just did the drops the doctor prescribed and her child had the clogged ducts until she was over a year old, and then ended up getting surgery to correct it. It was miserable. You can also try ACV diluted in water, but that stings. Good luck.
Replied by Plexguard
Brooklyn, NY
Janice from Coloma, Mi, My father is going to have surgery soon for his clogged tear duct. Can you please tell me the recipes so I can give it to him before he has surgery.
Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi
I am happy to give you the recipe for the eye wash. I used it myself about a month ago. I thought I had something in my eye. The eye doc said it was a mild bacterial infection and gave me some anti-biotic eye drops. Instead of using the anti-biotics I mixed up some of the eye wash. The recipe calls for a teaspoon of Goldenseal. I used one tea bag of Goldenseal instead. Other than that, I followed the directions and it did the trick. I hope it works for your Dad.

Here is the recipe.

Golden seal is excellent for the eyes. the following is the way the writer uses it for his eyes: steep a small teaspoonful of golden seal and one of boric acid in a pint of boiling water, stir thoroughly, let cool, and pour liquid off. put a tablespoonful of this liquid in a half cup of water. bathe the eyes with this, using an eye cup, or drop it in with an eye dropper. if the eyelids are granulated or there is film over the eyes, add one teaspoonful burnt alum powder. if you use it a little too strong, there is no harm done; it will only smart a little. (pg 246 back to eden)

Coconut Oil
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Posted by Organickat (Cheltenham, Uk) on 01/27/2011

[YEA]  My almost 4 year old daughter has been very sick for two weeks with one of the above, she saw two different GPs who said different things and both prescribed antibiotics which I didn't want to use (and didn't), but surfing the net in desperation for my little girl who was in so much pain I could barely touch her.

I found this website. I gave her a tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil and made a warm drink with Apple Cider Vinegar and she was so much better when she woke up at 6 am. She has had 2 tsp of coconut oil straight out of the jar this morning and her extremely swollen neck is nearly gone completely and all other symptoms have subsided. I must add that over two weeks there were no signs at all of improvement and I am so relieved and stunned and overjoyed. Thank you Earth Clinic and thank you to all who have contributed. I am now giving the same to hubby who has come down with symptoms this morning and PS901E will report back. I have also administered Echinacea, Vitamin C and Manuka honey 20 throughout and hubby is having these too.

Cognitive Brain Development
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Posted by Deeplus2 (Powell River,british Columbia) on 03/12/2015

My 6 yr. old daughter is currently learning to read. She is socially advanced (mature) very artistic and excels in sports. Although she exceeds all expectations in these areas, she can't seem to remember simple words she just read in a sentence previous. Are there any vitamins that would help her memory or ability to focus that I could add to her diet?

Replied by Timh Donate

D: Most Naturalpaths recommend supplementing a broad-spectrum multivitamin/mineral w/ green foods and enzymes, so this is where to start. This keeps the body detoxified and optimized.

Possible disease states to consider could be environmental like heavy metals, parasites, or EMF's. Wireless electronics, especially handheld phones can emit radiation to the brain. Food additives can also compromise health. Homeopathic Detox drops or tabs will help.

Antioxidant nutrition provides protection to all cells in the body, so supplementing will make for stronger cells and less disease or sensitivity. Extra Selenium & Vit-E plus omega 3 fatty acids like Fish & Krill Oil or plant based like Flax or Chia will help cognition, is a good start. If there is no liver or eggs in the diet 5, 000 iu of Vit A will be necessary, and also usually contains Vit-D which is typically lacking in cold climate regions where there is insufficient sunlight for the body to make it's own D.

SAM-e helps the body & mind in many ways so give her 200mg once daily for starters.

The herb Chinese Skullcap is a powerful neuroprotector due to it's antioxidant affinity for the brain; and is also calming so take preferably before retiring.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Deeplus2,

In addition to Timh's great post of ideas, I will share some thoughts...

Some children are particularly sensitive to food dye and MSG in their foods. Children that react to these things can have trouble with focus.

Chamomile Tea is calming. A quarter cup with breakfast and/or lunch may be helpful. Some parents find the essential oil, Vetiver, to be helpful (used externally) for helping children to focus. Fats are important for the brain. Olive oil and Coconut Oil are my preferred fats.

Is your child's teacher concerned about where your daughter is in learning to read? How is your daughter doing at recognizing sounds (phonics), or is she being taught to memorize words (whole language)?

There is a wide range of normal when it comes to learning to read. Some will learn as early as 4 (rare) and others will learn quite late. I know a man who learned to read when he was 14. He became an an author and speaker! That is certainly an extreme example and I believe he had dyslexia.

Most of my children have learned to read on the early side. However, reading is just now "clicking" for my 9 year old son. But he is years ahead in his math and is very skilled in other areas. Some mild seasonal deafness for several winters in a row made it hard for him to distinguish certain sounds.

A really excellent book to help you help your child with reading is called:

Games for Reading

by Peggy Kaye.

Reading out loud to your child daily is a great help to them also. I especially love Dr. Suess books to read to children. They are high interest, humorous, and use lots of rhyme and rhythm.

A great book to work through with your child is

The Reading Lesson

I have used this to teach several of my children to read. I take it slowly and always stop before frustration sets in. Five minutes a day is plenty. It is important for reading to be a pleasant experience. If a child associates frustration or unpleasantness with reading, it is going to make them less interested in learning it.

A few other things...

Did your child ever crawl? Reading specialist Ruth Beechick found that children that never crawled had trouble learning to read. It seems that some connections are made in the brain during crawling that are needed to learn to read.

Is is possible that your child has any trouble with hearing or vision?

Well, I could write all day on the subject as it is one that is dear to my heart. I have had the privilege of teaching many children to read between my own and the first graders I taught when I was a public school teacher.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Mama t.m., I love this subject as well and have all 3 of Peggy Kaye's books. Excellent!!

I've also heard about crawling being important for reading AND that it's never too late: they are making ADULTS with dyslexia crawl!!!!

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, US
Dear Mmsg,

I have two of her books so far. They are so engaging even my 11 year old daughter likes to read them. She has even made a game from one to play with her little brother. I will have to get another. :)

Fascinating that crawling therapy is used for adults, too. I had only heard of it with children. Glad you shared that.

~Mama to Many~

Cold Sores in Babies
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Posted by She (Richmond, Virginia, United States) on 03/24/2013

Does anyone have any natural remedies for cold sores in a baby's mouth? My grandson has a huge coldsore in his mouth and a rash on the trunk of his body. Went to ER... They said have to do bloodwork to see if it is herpes. Meanwhile, he won't eat or drink. Slept 13 hours straight. His mother is beside herself with worry. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Love this website! Upset grandmother!

Replied by Ky Mama
Clinton, Ky
If you combine sage and thyme, red raspberry leaf and plantain leaf (all dried, use whatever you have on hand, even if only the first two) in equal amounts you can then put a small amount into a little piece of paper towel, moisten it and apply to the sore. (This may not be easy to do if the baby is in pain or if the sore is far back in the mouth.) But if you can do this for even a few minutes several times a day, it can help a lot. Or if you can get activated charcoal powder into the sore it can be very helpful. Clove essential oil, diluted 1:1 with coconut or olive oil can be applied topically (a very small amount) to the sore to relieve pain and it is also healing. (This may be the easiest thing to do.) Whichever you try, it can be safely done every couple of hours. For the rash on the body, if it is uncomfortable, a epsom salt bath (follow package directions) may be very helpful. Chamomile tea compresses or plantain tea compresses are very soothing. You would make very strong tea (2 tea bags per cup of water or 2 Tablespoons of loose tea leaves for 2 cups of water - boil the water and pour over the tea, let it steep for 15 minutes. Cool to a comfortable temperature. Soak a cloth in the tea and apply to the rash for 10 minutes or so, several times a day. You could also make the chamomile or plantain tea into popsicles. If he would suck on them it may sooth the mouth sore and would be healing as well. We have used these things for similar problems in our house. So sorry your grandbaby is suffering!

Colds and Flu
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Posted by Atlantis (Spokane, Wa, USA) on 10/18/2009

My son is 13 months old. His mother was diagnosed 4 weeks ago with a sinus infection. She then developed a pretty nasty cough. 3 weeks later, still the same. Then I get sick. I have the same cough, headaches and sinus pain and fever. Mom gets all these symptoms as well, plus sore throat and red spots on the throat, swollen glands. The doctor tells us he thinks we have the flu. The next day our son gets a cough and then a fever.

We are first time parents and I have never been too hip to American medicine. I just found this site today and I am super excited!! I am excited to do the H2O2 remedies and Apple cider vinegar...and prob a bunch of others.

Bottom line is my son has been sleeping and running a high fever.... Doctors pretty much tell us we have to wait it out... I think mom is going to have an anxiety attack worrying about our little boy.

There is a lot of good information on here for flu symptoms but nothing is specific for babies.........

I am in need of some specific things to do for a 13 month old.

Thank you so very much!!!!

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, usa
I know being a first time parent can be an anxious time. You mention that you have never been too hip on American medicine so I'm not sure if you are perhaps, European. If so, you are maybe familiar with Rudolf Steiner who founded anthroposophy. He has many wonderful and gentle treatments for young children (adults, too but you specifically asked for a young child) that I used when my kids were very young. One of the companies is called Weleda so you may even be familiar with it since it is in all health food/natural stores. If you google Steiner medicine or anthroposophical medicine, you will find lots of help. I know it helped ease my anxiety as a young mom.

Speaking of anxiety, you may also want to consider Bach flower remedies. Rescue remedy is a powerful remedy and we always keep it on hand in our home. If you are not familiar with them then google them and learn about them because they are gentle but effective.

Also, if you do like alternative ways you can have a look at Mothering magazine which was started back in the mid 70's. I found it very comforting and helpful throughout my older kids baby/ toddler/ youth years. I learned so much from that magazine and often it was a jumping point to learn more on a subject. It helped me make some big decisions as well that didn't necessarily fit into mainstream American mindset i.e., family bed, vaccinations, homeschool, etc. Of course, back in the early 80's a lot of these ideas were just being pioneered here in the US. Now, at least there are more people open to these ideas. Anyway, I hope this info can help ease the two of you. Lisa

Replied by Atlantis
Spokane, Wa, USA
Hey! Thanks for the response. The info looks great. Steiner looks interesting. I googled him along with anthroposophical medicine. A lot of information but I could not find any remedies for babies.

I do use Bach products and yes, they are incredible! My mom gave me a Bach bottle 7 years ago for anxiety. Its great!

If you know of a site or some actual remedies to do for my son that would be great!

Thank you very much!

EC: Great fever remedies for children here:

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
Guys, for colds and flu, COLOSTRUM. Its a powdered milk supplement, used thruout history for its nourishing benefits and to maintain the healthy function of the immune system. It heals wounds, it cures all manner of bacteria and colds, its just really awesome stuff.

Its one of the only things I can get my five year old to take. I put a teaspoon to a half of a teaspoon in a few inches of milk, stir it really vigourously, because it is powdered, and a bit hard to mix, and she takes it and it tastes great!

She had a cold and a runny nose and mucusy throat all winter. I must have taken her to the doctor a dozen times, and she missed quite a bit of school this year cuz of it. I was giving her homeopathic cough syrups and tablets specially formulated for kids, which helped, but didnt really nip the problem in the bud. I also gave her cinnamon and honey, which is really good when she is throwing up.

I gave her a teaspoon of colostrum in the morn, and a half teasp at nite, and in about three days, her congestion was gone!! Completely gone! I was shocked and amazed. And she loves the taste, its just like creamy milk. The only drawback, is it is pricey, about $50 for a container, but well well worth it, I love it, I'll never run out.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
I just wanted to add that I recently started to sweeten the colostrum /milk combo with butter flavored or maple flavored pancake syrup or creme brulee coffee creamer, just a little bit to sweeten it, and she Loves it! Before it was a bit of a fight getting her to take it, but since I added a flavor to it, she looks forward to it. And its amazing. Her runny nose started to come back and Ive been giving her a hlf teaspoon to 1 teasppon a day in the moring for the last couple days and its gone!!

Colloidal Silver, Coconut Oil
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Posted by Dina (Toronto, Ontario) on 03/26/2009

[YEA]  Hi, Cradle cap and even baby acne for my son was cured in about a week. I used Colloidal Silver to cure the acne, it's gentle enough to even put in a babies eyes, so this is fine. I even gave him a few drops in his mouth usually every day, he was not sick until 7 months old when a doc told me to stop using it. Anyway, I used a cotton ball to apply the silver (or clean fingers), then put Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on his dry/acne skin. Within a week or so it was gone! My baby had acne even on his earlobes...

Replied by Lana
Anthem, Az, U.s.a.
Coconut oil works wonderfully on dry scalp.
Replied by Faeqa
Amman, Jordan
47 Posts
Hi mothers, my nephew suffered from baby acne and dry scalp, I wipe it with rose oil, it cleared within few days.

Congestion/Cough Remedies
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Posted by Hb (Hampton Roads, Va, Usa) on 01/12/2011

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!

Replied by Aurora
Mason City, Iowa
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

Replied by George
Melbourne, Vic
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.
Replied by Lita209
Sanford, Fl, Usa
I would not give honey to an infant.
Replied by Bailey
Denver, Co
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.

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Posted by Marina (Guelph, On) on 07/08/2014

[YEA]  For constipation in babies:Give an ounce or two of apple juice per day. Works wonders!

Posted by Anna (Sequim, Washington) on 02/19/2014

Aloha! My name is Anna,

I'm having some issues with my son Reece and I was hoping you could help me. I was reading on your page that if you drink too much Diatomaceous Earth (DE) it could possibly cause constipation like "thick mud" stools.

2 days ago my son started acting as if he was having pain, and having a really hard time making a bowel movement. I am breast feeding him full time still and the only other food hes eats is toast in the morning, oatmeal, bananas but about 80% of his diet is breastmilk. He has never had a problem going to the bathroom before and goes at least once a day.

I drink 1 tablespoon of DE 3 times a day... and have been for a while now. about 2 months ago I let my son try some and he loves it. I searched all over the internet and couldn't find anything that said babies should drink it so I continued to let him drink a little bit each day.

Is it possible he has drank too much and now his poop has turned to mud like sludge and wont come out? How much is too much? and would you suggest anything that may help him go to the bathroom?

Sorry I am just very worried about my little man. Thanks so much and I hope to hear from you soon.


Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Dear Anna,

I am sorry about your little guy! I know you are worried.

It seems unlikely that sips of DE would be an issue, especially since he is getting so much breastmilk each day. I think DE causing an issue would be more likely to be if someone wasn't getting enough fluids. I wouldn't have thought twice about letting my children at that age have some. I imagine you are cutting it out of his diet anyway, which I would, too, at least for now.

Here are some things you can try to help get him moving.

If he will drink prune juice, you can give him a couple of ounces of it, a couple of times a day.

If he would take blackstrap molasses, you can give him a teaspoon of it a couple of times a day.

You can massage castor oil onto his belly a couple of times a day.

You can give him an epsom salt bath. 1 cup epsom salt in the tub. Let him play for at least 20 minutes. This always got one of my toddlers "moving."

All of the above could be done together. Dr. Christopher's Kid e Reg is also excellent for constipation and is very gently. However, you may not be able to get this as easily as the rest of the things I suggested, at least right away.

I hope all is resolved soon. Please let us know how it goes.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Cindy
Northern California
When my grandson had severe chronic constipation I asked my daughter-in-law to try flavored fish oil. She bought some lemon-flavored fish oil at a natural food store and within 24 hours it changed what doctor's remedies had not been able to solve.

Posted by Tina (Flint, Mi, United States) on 08/12/2010

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Rachel (Anna, Tx, USA) on 10/02/2009

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.

Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, USA
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
Replied by Tricia
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.

Replied by Rachel
Anna, Tx, USA
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.
Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Fl
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
Replied by Susan
Ohio, Illinois
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
Replied by Hermes
Princeton, Nj
[YEA]   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.
Replied by Dayna
Newburgh, Ny
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.
Replied by Alt-rocks
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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.
Replied by Cheryl
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)
Replied by Lhope
Lexington, Sc
(1) 1/4 teaspoon magnesium citrate powder in 6 oz of liquid twice daily.... Morning & evening (brand name is Calm by Natural Vitality)(Note: I am not affiliated with any manufacturers of any products. I just want to share what worked for my little one (now age 3 ) who had suffered with constipation since age 2 months when I could no longer breastfeed)

(2) 1 teaspoon Barlean's omega swirl fish oil (lemon flavor is one of the best flavors, in my opinion) at lunchtime

(3) plenty of liquids throughout the day
Replied by Melissa
Stuarts Draft, Va
Gerber Soothe formula or Gerber soothe colic drops work WONDERS for a constipated baby, my son was on them since 2 months old. He hasn't had trouble since.

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Posted by Ashli (Hampstead, NC) on 03/30/2014

My son since 3 months of age has had a horrible cough and runny nose non-stop. They have referred us to a pulmonary specialist and no one can give us an answer as to what is causing it. Do u have an ideas or suggestions? Thank you.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Dear Ashli,

I am sorry to hear about your baby's severe respiratory symptoms! Did this begin with a change in diet, a new pet, an illness? If breastfeeding, have you tried dietary changes? If formula feeding, have you changed formulas?

Perhaps you already are, but I would avoid all dairy products for your child until this issue is resolved. (and for you, if you are still breastfeeding.)

Does your child have any other health problems?

There are a few things I would consider trying if this were my child.

Nettle tea - steep the tea bag or leaves for 15 minutes (off heat) and sweeten (not with honey.) If he could take in a couple of Tablespoons two or three times a day, that may help with this if it is allergy related. Make a new batch every other day.

My new favorite thing for a cough in my family is to use colloidal silver in a nebulizer a few times a day. I have never done it with one that young, but my two year old has done it. You can also put a couple of drops of colloidal silver in the nose a few times a day, though this may sting. I have used 10ppm in the nebulizer and the nose. For good measure, I would put a couple of drops in each ear a couple of times a day, too.

Heritage Essential Oils has a great oil blend called, "Lung Healing." I have used an essential oil nebulizer in a child's room at night for cough and congestion.

I hope you find your solution soon. Please do keep us posted!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Shazi (Ajman, UAE) on 06/15/2013

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.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Middle, Tennessee, Usa
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:

Garlic Salve

  • 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~

Replied by Cindy
Northern California
I am so impressed with the value of using vaporub or a generic equivalent on the soles of the feet to stop a cough. Of course, you would put socks on to keep it from making a mess. It has helped almost everyone that has tried it. Can't hurt even babies since it is not taken internally.

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Posted by Ollie (St.Cruz De Tenerife, Spain) on 07/07/2013

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.

Replied by Mt
Ottawa, On, Canada
Try calendula salve (calendula with extra virgin olive oil).
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Middle, Tennessee, Usa
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~

Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
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.