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Welcome to the newest section on Earth Clinic. Please consider sharing your remedy success stories with our readers. We hope to build up another section on the website, brimming with remedies to cure the common ailments that infants and children suffer from, like fever, acid reflux, allergies, colds & flu, and much more. We'd also like to broach the sensitive subject of immunizations...

Your feedback on children's health and natural home remedies to support it is greatly appreciated!

Appetite Loss

Posted by Deena (Melbourne, Australia) on 10/17/2012

Hi everyone. My four year old boy has such a poor appetite and not gaining any weight and look tired all the time. He is just 13kg and he will turning five next month. I took him to to many doctors and they all say he is fine and he was a small baby to start with and will be like that. But being his mother my instinct says if somehow I can increase his appetite he will put on some weight and increase height. I have tried giving him iron supplements that did help him a while and then it just stop working.

After trying everything and feel helpless and probably crying everyday and stressing about his health non stop and so here I am asking for some home remedy instead. Every meals times are do stressful and torture for him and myself.

Please help me and I want my child to be happy and enjoy food than hating food. Am begging for help!!!

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2073 posts

Deena, at age 4 and a problem w/ appetite and no help from doctors, the likelihood of Parasite infestation is very high, especially if you also have pets like cats or dogs. Check for loose stools or diarrhea and/or anal itching. Look for worms in the toilet or potty. If these symptoms are confirmed, purchase some Mebendazole at the pharmacy or purchase an herbal anti-parasite complex at the health food store (use as directed on labels). All pets must be wormed.

Give the food Pineapple to encourage appetite, or Pineapple juice if it doesn't have too much added sugar.

Replied by Waycool
(Modesto, Ca/ Usa)

Deena-- My son and I began vegetable juicing (even beets! ) together at about this age. It was fun! We made good juice, and enjoyed making faces together if it was not so good tasting. Better add pineapple or apple or it will be bad! And never add garlic. Blech!!

I would do your best to get some Vit C in him, as this could really help, and you would know if it worked very quickly. Scurvy has loss of appetite, lethargy and depression as it's earliest symptoms. Failure to thrive can be from the same cause.

Did you know that raw milk is as good a source of Vit. C as an orange? Pasteurizing alters almost everything good about milk into something bad, like it sucks calcium out of your bones. Can you get him some real milk?

So much can be addressed by diet. Try letting him choose between two or three healthy choices, or even offer a trade if he eats something healthy first. Make it a fun time to share, and less about the food needing to be eaten. Hope that helps.--T.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Deena, kids will survive no matter what, G-d willing, so take the pressure off of yourself, and mainly off of him. You might have to go to the opposite extreme for a lil' while to balance out your attitude. If you are worring about his height, it is useless worry (and may I say selfish worry - WE want them to be tall.... ), he will grow as tall as he will grow.

Next: kids eat when they are hungry. Your job is to offer the food, then bite your tongue and look the other way. Whatever he won't eat in one meal, he will usually make up his needs in another meal. Meaning that within a week's time, he will probably be getting all the nourishment he needs.

One more thing: have him help you (if you can do it pleasantly! ) in the kitchen here and there. Simple things that might be fun for him, or even only watching you once in a while.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi Deena, It is, I think, normal for us as new moms to be concerned about our child's growth. As a matter of fact, all my sons were very small through their childhoods. I would even have rather insensitive comments made to me by other moms about how small my boys were. It upset me with my first son but, he was also my first child so, I was sensitive due to that. My second son was even smaller but by then I was stronger regarding comments. And my third, well, let them say what they will...

My first son had a huge appetite! Didn't seem to make him grow any faster! Second and third sons, hardly any appetite at all! What Mmsg says, they grow anyway is so true. I was not the type to run my kids to the Dr. at all so, didn't care about the growth charts, curves, etc. At any rate, each one of them hit their own stride. The two oldest not until after 18 and my youngest shot up this year and is now 16. Over the spring/ summer he grew 6 inches! And he still doesn't have a great appetite, always very picky and hates vegetables which I practically live on!

Sometimes, none of it makes sense. So, I would say, offer him good wholesome food, don't make too big of a thing of it, relax and enjoy your life with him, he'll grow in your love and remember it all goes by in a blink of an eye! Most importantly, enjoy sharing time and food with him and remember it's all going to be fine! Hope this eases your concerns. Lisa

Replied by Waypossible
(Modesto, Ca/ Usa)

Hi again Deena! Though you said nothing to indicate a problem at the kitchen table, I thought I would share this experience, anyway. My son's step-father was a bit of a rule-master, which came out a lot at the dinner table. Lots of judgment about eating.... He was passing on what he had lived... So, we started eating together, just my son and I, earlier in the afternoon. We stood in the kitchen the whole time, and it became a time of getting some good strokes and positive attention and making gags together. Like, a safe time to stick carrots up your nose... I once went to a psychic, and she said a strange thing: 'Give yourself permission to not sit at a table to eat. ' I had also been given the third degree at tabletime, as though a time to attack a captive audience. Just something to consider. --T.

Replied by Aldina
(Saint Louis)

Hello I read about earth clinic online. I have a 8month old son and weighs 12 something pounds, very little, the drs are conncerned about him not eating enough. We had all blood work and test done eveything came ok he just eats how much he wants. I need help and I am worried please.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Aldina,

Hi there! Is your baby breastfed or bottle fed? Does he still nurse or take a bottle during the night?

What was his birthweight? Was he born near his due date?

Is he taking solid food? What kinds?

Is he crawling and sitting up?

I am asking these questions, hoping to get a better picture of things and hopefully will have some ideas to help and encourage.

Have a great day! Hope to hear from you soon.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Aldina
(Saint Louis)

Mama to Many, my son was born 6 pounds 3 oz he was always a bottle fed baby I couldnt breast feeds he only takes 3 oz every 4 hours sometimes 4 oz. Yes, he will eat some solids to 3 or 4 oz of a gerber jars his fav his sweet patotes I try to switch to so many formuals but no luck his weight gain has been so slow and he is so so tiny. He is not sitting all by him self yet and no he is not crawling. He plays in his jumper and active he is been teething no teeth yet. We been at the hospital for 7 days to do all kind of test blood work and all of them are ok. They put him on a feeding tube but he throws up any extra food given thru the tube and plus he pulls the tube out :( I really dont know what to do or what it can be

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Aldina, 1. try feeding him tiny bits but more often.

2. RELAX! When we were dealing with a similar situation, we were told by a wise woman: as long as you see progress, even if it's slow, he will be fine. As a matter of fact, in our situation, the "baby" in question is now a big, husky father!!!

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Aldina,

Well, it seems good that nothing has shown up. Hopefully that means it is just that you have a petite baby, at least for now. My firstborn was 6 lbs 5 ounces at birth and 18 pounds at a year. He only gained 4 pounds during his second year, and if I recall correctly, he went 9 months in his second year with no weight gain. Like Mmsg, my little one turned out to be taller than average after all. Not that the height really matters if he is healthy.

I wonder if you could try 2 ounces of formula every 2 hours instead of 3-4 ounces every 4 hours? I would try and get a feeding in at bedtime and first thing in the morning to maximize the number of feedings in a day. If he still takes a bottle in the night, that is great. Try to keep feedings a pleasant as possible...if he likes it, you can still rock him to give him a bottle and it might maximize his intake.

Mashed avacados are a great baby food that are high in fat and calories.

You could also add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil to his baby food, to increase calories.

Egg yolks are another high nutrient and calorie food for babies. (I believe no egg white for the first year.) You can cook the egg white and mash it and add it to other foods. (Don't give cooked egg yolk straight as it can be a choking hazard.

I tend to wait a while to give my children dairy products, but if your baby is able to have them, cheese and full fat yogurt would be good. Just be sure they are not constipating him.

Avoid juices unless they are fresh juiced. Juice for babies tends to fill them so they take in less fat and protein.

It is great that he is playing and active. Try to get him out in some sunshine each day the weather is nice. Playing outside and sunshine seem to increase appetites in my children.

Keep us posted on how he is doing! I know you are doing your best for him and he is blessed to have such a caring mama.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Aldina,

I wanted to pass along a recipe from Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions.

She recommends egg yolks for babys 4 months old and over.

Here is what she says to do:

1 organic or pasture fed hen egg

pinch sea salt

Boil egg for 3 1/2 minutes. Place in a bowl and peel off shell. Remove egg white and discard. Yolk should be soft and warm, not hot, with its enzyme content intact. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

I have never tried this or even heard of this, but recently was at a friend's house and there she was cooking an egg yolk for her 6 month old.

Anyway, egg yolk is a good source of nutrients and fat.

~Mama to Many~

Appetite Loss
Posted by Mothusi (Randburg, Gauteng) on 09/07/2012

My nine month son has suffered from diarrhea, cough and vomiting but now he is stopped since I change formula( recommendent by Dietian). He does not have appetite and he weight 6.3kg. How can I give him to like food?

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Posted by Lynsey (Atsugi Ja) on 01/01/2014

What age is ok to give apple cider vinegar? My EBF [exclusively breast fed] 6 month old son has had a runny nose with chest congestion and a cough for over a month now and I'm wondering what is safe. It doesn't seem serious but he's had it so long now.

Replied by Taram7
(Cincinnati, Oh)

Try Hydrogen Peroxide in baby's ears... do each ear twice. 60 seconds each time... it will be a little uncomfortable... but try warming in a shallow pan of water to make it room temp for baby first. Do it in each ear twice. Pour a few drops in and let soak for 1-2 minutes (easier said that done) then drain... try this 2-3 times a day. My son was EBF until 14 months and I used this with him all the time- we never had issues longer than one hour after use. I am not sure how this works, but it always does. Also helps with other illnesses (our whole body is connected).

But I am sure that ACV would not be harmful as its a food, but I am not a doctor. Just a mother :) Also Chiropractors are great, if you have ever taken your little one to one. They can adjust their ears and prevents lots of illnesses as mine told me many illnesses are connected to our ears.

Replied by Ed2010

Hi Lynsey from Atsugi Ja. No, don't give ACV to 6 month olds. See if you are giving any other supplemental milk products that can cause congestion. Also, you can try changing the diaper brand. Wetness in the diaper can also cause mucus and congestion. Good health

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Linsey, we always used lemon. As much as you can take (do NOT overdo anything), with or without tea and honey. He will get it in the milk. In really bad cases, we give a little bit on a spoon to the baby himself, and surprisingly they like it when they need it (when they don't, they loudly complain :)).

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tennessee, Usa)

Dear Lynsey,

My children have had some of my Apple Cider Vinegar drink perhaps as young as 9 months old, but only sips here and there just because they wanted to try what mama was drinking. I don't know that I would give it to a 6 month old...thought it would be safer than most over the counter meds.

For chest congestion, you could try garlic salve. We have found it to work very well. Here is a link to the recipe. I would use 6 cloves garlic and not 8 for a 6 month old. And using this may clear up all of the congestion. Your baby will smell like gourmet pizza!

You could also try taking milk out of your diet, if you consume it, and see if that helps him. I found that consuming dairy products while breastfeeding did not agree with most of my children. (I usually did not have access to raw dairy, so that might have been different.)

Let us know how he is doing!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Kuldeep Kaur
(Los Angeles, CA)

For the six month old baby who has runny nose. Taker one clove of garlic, use only quarter of it, mash little. Put it in the milk bottle, give the milk after one hour, within a day the baby will be fine. Give next day also. That's it your baby is fine.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Vid (Ashburn, Va, Usa) on 05/11/2012

Dear Ted, I have been reading a lot and I must say that I am unsure about the dosages to give to my children. My daughter is seen by ped endo for possible early puberty. She is a Leukemia ALL survivor, was diagnosed at age 2.75 years and went through treatment and in remission for 5 years. She is in excellent health and doing good at School. However she started developing breasts early and that is the reason we saw the endo. They did ultrasound and some blood work, the results of ultrasound reveal a small cyst and the doctor reassured that it might go away and nothing to be concerned. While we are waiting for the blood results, I thought it would be a good idea to try ACV. Could you please suggest the dosage for a 7.5 year old girl child. My almost 10 year old son suffers from eczema especially around stomach, shoulder and groin area. Kindly share us the children dosage.

Thank you, Vid

Replied by Nycbgirl
(Las Vegas, Nv)

First of all I am not Ted.... but I used the ACV on my niece since the age of 7-8 I used to make a hot cup of tea, whatever I had and added 1 teaspoon of ACV and honey to taste she'd drink it and feel better if she had a tummy issue.

Replied by Vid
(Ashburn, Va)

Thank you-started this morning ACV dosage!

Replied by Jackie
(Brookfield, Ohio)

Vid from Ashburn, That breaks my heart! Children that young should not have to deal with anything except playing & learning. Anyway, have you ever read about excitotoxins? I believe this is a big reason why things like this are happening to our children. You should try & keep her away from any food with this in it & meats with hormones which I'm sure you probably already know. I am currently looking for a better option to store bought formula for my 6 month old.

Some more good links Explore the other links at the top of the web page too!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by San (Pasadena, Ca) on 12/19/2011

Hi, My 3 1/2 year old has seasonal Asthma. I'd like to give her the ACV, but not sure how much is safe for a 34 lbs...firecracker...

thanks, San

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ccnavin72 (Atlanta, Georgia) on 01/03/2011

I have an 8 year old son, and would like to try giving him ACV for his allergies and asthma - but am unsure of how much to give him daily. Can children have the same amount as an adult, or should I give him half? Can ACV cause a reaction with prescription medications?
After 4 years of allergy treatment (2 for asthma) and many medication adjustments later, he still isn't getting much relief. I have read so many good things about ACV, on your site, I think I am going to start giving it to the whole family. Thanks!!

Replied by Stefani29
(Douglasville, Georgia)

my daughter has eczema..... What I find that really works is Austrailian Placenta Cream. Also if it helps my daughter is extremely fair skinned and has very very sensitive skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by El (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 04/18/2010
1 out of 5 stars

ACV for infant eczema: My daughter is now 9 months old. She's had eczema since she was 2 month. I tried almost everything on her, prescribed drugs too. Nothing has worked so far. I read from this website that ACV seems to help a lot of people with eczema, so I tried it on her as well. Apply directly to skin after bath (diluted with 2/3 water), followed by moisturizer and Vaseline. It did help with the itchiness for the first two days. However, starting on the third day, her skin became extremely dry and flaky, so she started scratching again. We did not try anything new in between, so I assumed it must be ACV. I have stopped using ACV on her since, and her skin is getting better (dryness) but still covered with eczema. Am I using it right? If this is working for many others... It really breaks my heart seeing my daughter suffering from it on daily basis. I would try anything given the situation. Please help!

Replied by Selena
(Chula, Ga, Usa)

To El from Toronto. Eczema can be caused be an essential fatty acid deficiency. You can try massaging evening primose oil, borage oil, etc. directly on the areas. Zinc also helps with eczema. If you are breastfeeding you can apply breastmilk to the area as well as adding the zinc and EFA's (Essen. fatty acids) to your diet. Hope this helps.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi El, I just wanted to recommend using Irish moss as it is known to relieve eczema and help soothe it. If you don't know much about it, do a google search to find out more. I'm sure it is heartbreaking for you to see your baby suffer with this. I would ask that you look into her diet as well and see if she is eating foods that may be contributing to this. Remember, alkalinizing foods can help clear it up and also remove dairy and see if that results in a positive effect. You can try eliminating foods and then adding them in to see what could be causing this. Wheat and gluten are other factors that could be wreaking havoc. Look to what is the cause internally as well as relief to the skin itself.

I wish you the best, Lisa

Replied by Amanda
(Hot Springs, Ar, Usa)

my three year old daughter had it very bad (it was all over her face and it would ooze)when she was an infant and what got rid of it was a very high quality essential fatty acid blend, 1 teaspoon daily by mouth; i know i cannot mention the name but it has all unrefined: olive, flaxseed, sesame, and english borage oils. my second daughter also started to get it and i started giving her the same thing and she is also eczema-free. i also only use a homemade oatmeal soap i get online for them.

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi El, I was going over latest posts and as I read yours again, I realize your baby is young enough that you may be only breastfeeding. If that is the case, you might also want to check what you're eating and how it can affect your daughter since what you eat affects your breastmilk. This is in addition to my last post to you if this applies.

Hope you see changes soon!

Replied by El
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Thank you both for your suggestions. I have tried taking out and adding back foods in her diet. (dairy, fish, egg yolk) The change in her condition is minimal. I missed wheat cereal through the trial, so I will sure give that a try and see if her condition improves. I was told dust mite might also be causing it. So I try my best keeping the house dust free, and now am considering replacing her bedroom carpet to hardwood floor. Thank you again for the tip on primrose oil and Irish moss. I will give them a try and report back! Thanks again. This really means a lot!!

Replied by Connie
(Escondido, California)

I have had eczema all my life (I'm 61) and I've been on the quest of causes and solutions through natural methods and have avoided going through doctors. For soothing baths for your baby try Epsom salt baths and get in the bath with your baby and you'll find it soothing for YOU and your child. Try and spend about 30 minutes every night in the bath and if you like use some Lavendar Essential Oil which helps calm both you and the baby. Eliminate wheat, dairy, soy and sugar. People with eczema need good oils (Lemon flavored cod liver oil is wonderful, Evening Primrose Oil and Borage Oil is good as well. I have eliminated grains and eat a lot of fats vegetables and protein (avocado, butter, and coconut oil). I hope this helps!

Replied by Maya
(Shohola, Pa)

When my son was about 4 months old he had red and dry skin almost everywhere. Then I cooked old fashioned oatmeal, strained and I kept washing him in that (diluted with water). Do not use soap, unless it is necessary. After a week or little longer it disappeared.

Replied by Adad
(Colombo, Sri Lanka)

to El from Toronto, Canada.

Aloe vera gel applied directly on the rash will have immediate effect on your child. U also can use some form of mild eczema cream.
good luck.


Replied by Wendypape
(Blah, Canada)
5 out of 5 stars

I have listened to hundreds of mothers over the last 9 years in regards to their childrens eczema.

it is either milk or gluten. Almost always the dairy but might be a combination. Remove them completely and the eczema will go away.

I was covered in it as a kid at 9. My parents took me to a naturopath (thank God) and then a homeopath... Who 'cured it'... However it would flare up once in awhile as an adult. Until I read about the connection between parasites and eczema (as well as the dairy and wheat). I have been completely free for 12 years but I am dairy, wheat, yeast, corn and gluten free 99% of the time ;-) and all my other ailments including low back pain, chronic migrains, shoulder pain abdominal pain, leg cramps, moodiness, anger, brain fog - is ALL GONE ;-) I see the same symtpoms in my kids. If I did not feed them a healthy diet free of dairy and wheat and do regular parasite cleanses... I am sure they would have eczema! It is not tht hard - there is so much available now for allergy free living and you know, we just go back to the 'basics' of eating like grandma would have... Brown rice, meat, potatoes, veggies, salads, whole cereals like millet, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, fruits, smoothies, almond milk and other nut milks, veggie juices, nothing from a can, leftovers, etc. It is much cheaper in the long run and crockpots are awesome for those with time issues ;-)

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

How do you do the parasite cleanses Wendy?

As far as dairy I can say that I have the opposite experience. I never, ever drink milk, hardly ever eat ice cream or eat cheese but now I decided to buy a yogurt machine and I am enjoying making my own yogurt even if I don't like it unless I mask it with fruit or something. As someone who hardly ever ate any dairy products and always had allergies I suppose eating a few yogurts won't do me any harm!

Two of my daughters used to have eczema though but back then even natural doctors in Holland never advised a different nutrition. They are ok now they are adults! The other one never suffered from it at all!

Replied by Quinn
(New York, Ny, United States)

Please describe a parisite cleanser in detail. I have major issues with a rash called lichen planus and believe it is based on the same... That is diet and parisites. My diet is very clean, mostly low fat raw and void of all meats and dairy. I really need to do a parasite cleanse and trust you may be of some assistance?
Thanks, Quinn

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

I asked the same question about how to get rid of the parasites but no answer yet! I do have some recipes in books I read but I was interested to know what Wendy tried!

As far as a low fat diet I think that you should maybe seek more information because it is not as healthy as people think it is. If you are interested I could recommend a few books.....

Replied by Karen
(Keswick, Ontario)

Hello I have a 2 1/2 year old son and he has had severe eczema since 2 months old. and it ended up being causes by food he was allergic too. It still has never gone away but we can now get it under control. I would stop breastfeeding and get your baby tested for allergies at 1 year old!
good luck! :)

Replied by Mellyg
(S Jordan, Ut)

I have triplets and am always excited to share my eczema story! I had one of my 3 covered in eczema at 4 months. My pediatrician suggested I see a specialist. Well my MD who uses natural medicine suggested probiotics. I used 3 pills a day of a 16 strain probiotic and within a month and a half he was cleared up! I wish my mother had known about that as I suffered greatly from it as a child. Had lots of food allergies. I now take probiotics everyday!

Replied by Woogiewee
(Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia)

Just curious to know if your son received the Hepatitis B vaccine?

Replied by Blomma
(Mae Sot, Tak, Thailand)

I have twin adopted infants, one of them developed severe allergies to soy, cow, goat, rice, almond... I tried every hypoallergenic milk formula available too, but his severe excema persisted. Upon a friends suggestion I gave him probiotics and within a couple of days he was able to tolerate soy formula... He had been on antibiotics as a newborn... I have not introduced him to other milk products yet.

Replied by Lanos
(So California, Usa)

Blomma, Please research very carefully the outcome of feeding an infant or child a soy formula.. From personal experience, I've known a male infant who was fed a soy formula due to allergies and then later in life developed feminine hormones.. And I do not mean he had homosexual tendencies... His orientation was completely male. However he actually became somewhat of an eunich. This is too serious to take lightly. Do some more research.

Replied by Lanos
(So Calif, Usa)

Blomma.. Sorry forgot to mention The infant I mentioned, was on antibotics at birth also, and developed eczema, and then asthma at a very young age. God bless you.

Replied by Heidi
(Sierra Nevada Foothills, Ca)

To all of you that used probiotics for their children's eczema, you are absolutely correct. However if your child is having an allergic reaction to a food such as soy then that probably means that they should not be eating it or tolerating it. The body is reacting for a reason. Soy formula is bad for babies on many levels. To learn why, you should go to and research soy and why babies should not eat soy.

More importantly regarding your child's allergies and digestion I would recommend watching Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" conference and reading her book. I think that this very good information for all people even if they are healthy.

Good luck to all and if you research this now you will be happy that you did not put it off and it will mean many more healthy years for your family.


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Posted by Nicole (Nahunta, Ga) on 01/25/2010

I was wondering if there were any posts of other parents of toddlers (age 3 or 4) that gave their tricks on how to get a toddler to drink a ACV mixture?? Mine won't drink it, but I did add it to his bath water and put it on his spots.

Replied by Nicole
(Fairmont, Mn)

I always had a hard time getting my six year old to drink ACV. Someone told me to mix it with purple grape juice and apple juice. It does take away alot of the harsh taste. I experiment with the right proportions before giving it to him. Hope this helps.

Replied by Ag
(Toronto, On)

We would "hide" the ACV in my toddler's sippy cup. About a teaspoon of raw organic ACV, 2 tablespoons organic apple juice, and filled up the rest of the way with water. Went down without a problem!

Replied by Erin
(Sandy, Ut)

I put one capful of ACV in a cup of orange juice. My kids drink it right down. Orange juice already has a bit of a bite, so they really don't notice. You can also try mixing the ACV in warm water with a couple tablespoons of honey, but the OJ works best for us.

Replied by Liz
(Nanaimo, Canada)

Hi there! I know fruit juice isn't the greatest, but I use it in moderation.... If you fill a sippy cup 1/4 -1/2 way with some Apple juice and fill the rest with water, add the organgic unpasteurized ACV WITH the MOTHER, and at least 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon... Shake and serve! My little girl loved this, even when she was only about a year and a half. Also, we mix ACV with peanut butter for our dog, and put it on toast.... She loves it.... I imagine this would work for children too! Good luck!

Replied by Lesty
(South Dakota)

My kids love this apple cider vinegar drink - 2 qts of water, 3 tbsp of ACV with "the mother", 1 tsp ginger, and stevia, or whatever sweetener to taste. They think it's juice, we have it almost every day!

Replied by Joyce Pugh
(Milwaukee, Wi)

Fresh apple juice and ACV. A great pair. Dilute the ACV with (a little) spring water. Add to fresh juice.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by DeeAm (Islamabad, Pakistan) on 06/05/2009

Hello! I am a 30 year old mother. My baby is 7 months old and I also feed her. I used to have an amazing skin earlier when i was in my early 20's but now its dull and have black spots. I have tried using different products but nothing works for me. I have visible pores but i try not using soap because i have found that it makes skin more sensitive. i have also gained tremendous weight after i got married. I am Asian.

I would like to know if i can take ACV as i am feeding baby for weight loss as i read on this site...also what is the best quantity of baking soda that i can use on the skin in form of scrub as i have sensitive skin.

Waiting for a reply...

Replied by Ann
(Brooklyn, NY)

Hello DeeAM, In regards to your question about breast feeding and wanting to try ACV with baking soda. My answer to you is that you should not try to diet while breast feeding. You will deprive yourselve of nutrients and also your baby who needs all the nutrients from you. If your are breast feeding every three hours the pounds should fall off naturally. Unless, you have an underlying problem; you should consider checking with your doctor and having your thyroids checked. Also in regards to dark spots on your skin, that's from the pregnancy (hormones) and it will fade slowly. You can use cocoa butter oil or cream all over the body 2x a day. Also use an astringent such as witch hazel or a toner to minimize pore size after cleansing the face. Good luck.

Replied by Monsoon
(Pune, India)

Hi DeeAm, Please do not take the ACV while you are feeding your baby. It has worked wonders for me, but i read somwhere on this site itself that the milk production stopped for a lady who took ACV. Your skin can wait until you need to feed your baby or you can look for other external remedies until you can revert to ACV. ACV is the best for sure but it can wait. Take care

Replied by Laura
(Orlando, FL)

I am nursing my 8 week old baby and taking ACV with no problems. I took it when I nursed my two year old also, and nursed him for 15 months with ease. I don't take it every day, though, and especially not for weight loss (don't try to lose weight while nursing or you may lose vital nutrients for yourself and baby). I use it if I feel a cold coming on or I need an extra energy boost. I put one tablespoon in a mug of hot water and add some local honey to taste (usually about one tablespoon). I usually limit myself to one ACV drink a day. Also, try ___, ____coconut oil on your works wonders for mine!

Replied by Amd
(Rawalpindi, Pakistan)

Hello Everyone! The place i come from has problem with water as it is hard water. My hair and skin are now in terrible condition. I also have a daughter who is 9 months old. I wanted to know if ACV and baking sida can be of some help or is there any other natural product that i can use for myself and later for my daughter too to make our hair and skin better?

I tried taking ACV but it dint suit me. Got yeast infection and i read it online that one of the side effects of Apple cidar vinegar is yeast infection. I am also feeding my daughter so i stopped taking it.

Is there any other way i can take Apple cidar Vinegar once i stop feeding my daughter?

take care

Replied by Wendy
(Orillia, Canada)

First off, I am always shocked when people pass on incredibly bad information that they have no way to verify... "I heard that someones milk dried up when they took ACV"... are you KIDDING ME???? Unless you have information to back up what you are saying or its first hand info, people have no business spreading stuff like this. And for anyone reading stuff on the internet RESEARCH EVERYTHING YOU READ!!!! make an inormed choice. Secondly ACV is VINEGAR people - it's not some magic potion, pink pill, drug or cure all! Dieting??? you call taking ACV DIETING???? so you mean I should throw out all my salad dressings with ACV in them??? use your heads people. It amazes me that people are told not to drink wheatgrass or green smoothies or ACV while pregnant or breastfeeding (all FOOD) and yet antibiotics, flu shots and every other lethal form of pharmaceutical drug is supposedly ok because someones doctor said it was fine. OMG!!! wake up. Should you go out and drink a bottle of ACV? no, should you drink 12 ounces of wheatgrass? no...common sense still has to prevail. Gee not ok to acv, or drink greens because my body 'might detox' but women should just continue eating at McDonalds and taco bell until they are done breastfeeding? Total nonsense.

In regards to the baby with digestion issues, I agree with the other poster. Take out the gluten/wheat. I am a breastfeeding mother of 3 and a total of 7 yrs of breastfeeding. I am now gluten/wheat/dairy/eggs/soy/caffeine and yeast free and my 3rd baby has no colic, no digestion issues, no rashes and is happy ALL the time, never cries etc. UNTIL I experiment and eat a slice of bread, a piece of cheese/dairy etc. My first baby was all of those things until other breastfeeding moms educated me about my diet! My 2nd baby was much better, only fussed once in awhile, slept great, but i hadn't figured it all out yet. We were meant to eat clean diets, not processed crap. Breastfeeding mothers these days are trying to still drink their coffees, lattes and eat processed foods and shockingly the babies have problems. Not rocket science. happy healthy baby = diet adjustment and awareness.

Want to get your figure back while breastfeeding so it falls off without physical effort? Don't eat any junk, no sugar, no bread or dairy or baked goods, only whole foods, juicing, green smoothies, LOTS of foods with nutrients in them, and practice food combining. look it up. no proteins and starches together. ie. brown rice with steamed veggies and a salad, potatoes with steamed veggies and a salad, burger (no bun) with steamed veggies and a salad or green smoothie, steak with veggies and a salad etc. do not put rice and chicken together, no meat and potatoes together. The weight will fall off without excercise because your body will be functioning optimally and digesting properly. I gained between 25-40 lbs with each of my pregnancies. It was gone in 4 months-no effort no magic potions or pills. I am not a special case, there are lots of others. No junk, no crap, no processed foods, no take out, make our own french fries at home if you crave greasy food (cheapy french fry cutter potatoes olive oil in casserole in oven 400 til they are done). If it's important enough you will figure it out...

ps. i take acv everyday while nursing this baby, he's 9 mo) it and i add baking soda too as per Ted. I am breastfeeding exclusively AND i'm 41 ;-)

Replied by Sarah
(Sterling, Il)

I agree with you 100%. I just learned about the importance of diet 3 years ago. I am having a hard time eating healthy and making my kids eat healthy. I have severe RA and I get tired easily. How do you get your kids to eat right? Do you have any recipes that I could have? anything will help. Thanks

Replied by Casey
(Norwalk, Ohio)

I tried taking ACV to improve my joint pain, and was also exclusively nursing my 9 month old son. Nothing else in my diet had changed, and he had never been affected before by anything else I ingested until I started using the ACV. He was fine before I started and after I stopped, but while I was taking it he was very fussy, gassy, and didn't pass bowel movements very well. He also started spitting up and seeming to have a sore stomach almost constantly. Nothing in his diet or mine had changed. I would most certainly NOT take ACV while breastfeeding!

Replied by Wampids
(High Point, Nc, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

Me & lots of other people I know have used ACV for colic in babies and works every time. Thanks

Replied by Plexguard
(Brooklyn, Ny)

Wendy from Orillia, Canada: I was reading about your diet up no wheat and dairy. I told my wife about it and she said she always thought your supposed to have dairy because the baby needs calcium. What do you have to say about that?

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Plexguard, I am of the belief that we should get enough calcium from fresh vegetables and nuts and seeds and fish. I often wonder why we are the only 'animal' on the planet that drinks another animals breast milk. I think we should stop drinking milk when we are weaned. I also believe that if you like dairy then you should have it. Cheers Lily.

Replied by Mel
(Kobe, Hyogo, Japan)

To plexguard - a diet rich in green vegetables will yield more calcium than consuming dairy products. Milk's available calcium is cut in half through the process of pasteurization. Low-fat milk makes calcium unabsorbable because fat is an essential part of the transportation and absorption of calcium. Refined sugar increases the amount of calcium lost through urine. The absorption of calcium in the intestine is diminished in the presence of sugar. Both cow's and mother's milk are high in enzymes. There is an enzyme which separates calcium and phosphorus, allowing the calcium to be readily available to the body. Pasteurizing milk destroys these important enzymes. I would encourage you to do some research about milk and the myths surrounding the dairy industry/ bone density argument etc.

Replied by Doddie
(Lawrenceville, Georgia)

I know all the good foods to eat but as far as putting the meals together like breakfast, lunch and dinner I have a problem of being creative with my meals and making it interesting for my family. I also do not know what spices and herbs to use.

Replied by Liz
(Boston, Massachusetts)

There are a ton of websites out there with great (and delicious) recipes using healthy ingredients. Google is our friend. :)

Replied by Jay
(Toronto, Ont, Canada)

To Doddie from Lawrenceville, Georgia who wrote: "I know all the good foods to eat but as far as putting the meals together like breakfast, lunch and dinner I have a problem of being creative with my meals and making it interesting for my family. I also do not know what spices and herbs to use."

Doddie, one of the best sites on the web for information on food, food nutients, and ways to chose and prepare things nutritionally into meals is "the world's healthiest foods" at

Replied by Doddie
(Lawrenceville, Georgia, Usa)

Jay, thank you so much! I will check it out. I love this website

Replied by Wendi From Az
(Mesa, Arizona)

Wendy from Orillia,

I would love to see what your means look like! I'm GF, SF, CF Yeast free! I always am scared of the day when my next baby is born and I can't cook.. What are good wholesome freezer meals that don't have junk??

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tahalia (Brooklyn, New York) on 01/04/2009

My 4 yr.old daughter has a yeast infection not on the inside of her vagina but on the outside . She has had it for a month and I've been using nystain and lotrimin antifungal but its still here. Right now I am trying the apple cider vinegar 1 cup and 1/4 of salt in her bath water. I need some help. Someone please respond.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)
509 posts

Hi Tahalia, If it's fungal infection, baking soda solution should kill it and should not harm your 4 year old daughter. Just apply it to the rash about 4 times a day. It might also be wise to cut down on her eating or drinking sweets.

Replied by Maggie
(Miami, Florida)

Re: Fungul Infection on 4-month old baby. Try "Tea Tree & E Antiseptic Creme" to use topically. It's very soothing and antifungul. It helps tremendously. Only found in Health Food Stores. Also try giving her Acidophilus.

Replied by Liz
(Plant City, Fl.)

Hi,Tahalia from Brooklyn try giving her yogurt, any kind. eat it 2 or 3 times and put it on her bottom, that will help her. and put corn stach on her bottom too watch your washing soap, corn starch it the best after the yogurt for 1 or 2days hope it helps her. anything that has salt in it it hurts and burns.

Replied by Michelle
(Tracy, CA)

I delt with thrush and yeast rashes with both of my babies. I found the best thing to use was gentian violet. It was the only remidy that consistantly worked. The prescriptions and OTC's never even put a dent in clearing the problem yet, with gentian violet we saw results immediatly.

Replied by Azg
(Toronto, On)

I breastfed my son until he was 16 months old and we encountered thrush twice. The second time it actually gave him a diaper rash of yeast! My naturopath gave me a special blend of Acidophilus from the refridgerated section. It's a loose powder and I would cover my nipple in it before AND after breastfeeding. Before ensured he would get a dose of it into his mouth and after to ensure he didn't give the yeast back to me, and create a vicious cycle of cross contamination. I also dusted his bum with it at diaper changes. I am not exxagarating when I tell you he was cured of all symptoms of thrush within 2 days.

To encourage both our healing, I let him stay out of a diaper for a good 20 or 30 minutes at each diaper change ( the air helps dry and heal the yeast). I also avoided all processed sugar foods for myself as to starve the yeasties living in my body.

Good luck to you! Most health food stores have naturopaths or naturopathic students on staff. Please take their advice more seriously than any doctor's!!! Don't put scary chemicals/medicines into your tiny babies!

Replied by Wendy
(Orillia, Canada)

might not be yeast. might be diet. my dd vagina gets nasty yeast looking when i or she eats cashews or eggs. my current bab - just got his 2nd rash after i ate a donut and drank a tea (something i havent done in 5 yrs)- his rash lasted almost a week, was bright red, itchy, he scratched etc, looked awful. 1st rash he got was after i ate a gluten free butter tart....same rash took a week to clear up.

from my own experiences i can tell you that after having bread 2 times in the last 5 yrs, my own privates front and back were on fire and even the odd blister...lasted for days. felt like roadrash. very painful. i do not have a yeast infection or candida. colloidal silver is very soothing applied topically.

buy or make your own colloidal silver, i spray it on all parts of the's just silver water. i can't say what machines i use on this forum to make my own but you could always join the colloidal silver yahoo group and ask.

Replied by Diane
(Ajax, Ont Canada)


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Emily (Charlotte, NC) on 11/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I nanny for infant twins who had terrible cradle cap. We began using a cotton ball to apply undiluted organic apple cider vinegar to their heads twice on bath day only, which is twice a week for them. To my knowledge, this was just to control the smell. Within a week or so, the cradle cap had drastically improved and after 2 weeks, was completely gone. We continue the application to ensure that it doesn't come back. I'm a believer and now am looking into remedies for myself!

Replied by Lydia

Thanks Emily. That's what I was wondering. If it helped cradle cap.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Stacie (NY, NY) on 11/17/2008

my 1 year old daughter was diagnosed with perioral dermatitis. she was prescribed metronidazole cream 1%. i have yet to use it because of all the negative, may work while you're using it, but then when you stop the cream the rash comes back. not to mention, it's an antiobiotic cream and i don't want her to absorb that. so, i'm trying other steps first. i've been using vaseline as a barrier and bach's rescue remedy cream. it seems to be maintaining at the same level. not worse, not better. she sucks on her blankie at night and definitely is drooley on herself during the day. i try to blot the wetness and reapply creams all day long. can i use apple cider vinegar on a 1 year old? should i dilute it for her? a friend suggested mixing neosporin and vaseline to see if that had any effect. ever heard of that?

Replied by Steve
(Hernando, MS.)

EC: Warning -- Bleach baths may be too strong for a 1 year old! Check with your doctor first.

Replied by Mona
(Albany, GA)

Staci, I would try dabbing Balmex on your daughter's dermatitis. I read about it in another post and I tried it on my daughter. Works very well.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by C (San Diego, CA) on 11/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

ACV for sore throat in a 3 year old

my 3 year old (who has a cold) woke up in the middle of the night complaining of a sore throat, i immediately gave her apple cider vinegar w/ a little bit of raw honey and a couple pinches of turmeric. i gave her 3-4 teaspoons of this concoction and she said it went away and went back to sleep. when she woke this morning she said her sore throat was still gone!

Replied by Maggie
(Miami, Florida)

RE: Sore throat for children. Try Echinacea first. I think that Apple Cider Vinegar is too acidic for their stomach.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Vitamin C

1 User Review
4 star (1) 

Posted by Scorpioempress (Ridgecrest, Ca) on 06/09/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I knew the ACV and Vit C would work, but I doubted the quickness of the relief. I had to do something though for my daughter. She is 4 years old and was in incredible pain. It took days to realize it was a UTI because she wasn't describing it well and I thought it was heat rash on her butt or a rash from not wiping right. She did have some diaper rash looking redness.

We kept putting desenex on her, then she started to apply it to her urethral opening... Which made me wonder if that was where the pain was or if she, but I still didn't know if maybe it was yeast or bladder and that was only this morning... So it took days to realize what was going on. By the fourth day, today, she was crying and squirming. I questioned her and found that it hurts when she pees... then I knew for sure.

I came here because antibiotics are worse than the illness usually and I knew I could at least get some healing started if I needed to go to a dr.

I gave her 2 tbsps ACV in 12 oz distilled water sweetened with 2 packs of stevia. SHE CRIED AND SCREAMED bout the TASTE!!!! I had to force her sip by sip to drink it! Many tears! LOL... But honestly, 20 minutes later she had stopped crying! She is now laughing and wants her nap! I also gave her 2 Vit C pills because she really only drank half the nasty concoction. I'll write again to update since its really only been 30-40 minutes.

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

A better way to give it to her would have been a syringe (without the needle) and aim it down side/back of her mouth. That way she won't really taste it and it is quick and easy. I do that for my son. I also put a spearmint chlorophyl in the syringe to hide the ACV taste.

Replied by Simi
(Gosford, Australia)

Up until I was 14 y/o I thought it was normal to burn when I pee'd. I had back-to-back UTI's that quite often required antibiotics, and drinking the (horrible tasting) Ural. A dr told me once that I have dormant bacteria in my 'area' that was causing the UTIs, I think it was a staph strain but I'm not 100% sure as it was said a long time ago. This dr also told me to drink lots of cranberry juice because the high levels of vitamin C help to clean out your urinary tract, and since drinking the juice regularly I have been completely burn free!!

Replied by Melissa
(Carson City, Nv)

my oldest daughter had back to back UTI's for a year when she was 3 antibiotices didn't help at first her doctor told me to stop giving her baths and start giving her showers with mild soaps and after her shower let her soak in a baking soda bath for about 30 mins. (you use about a 1/4 cup backing soda to the water) the baking soda helps relive the redness and itching... It helped with in few days and the antibiotice wore able to work... Her doctor told me that when lil girls sit in bath water all the dirt sits on the bottom of the tub and none the else around the vaginal area and cause some of the infection... My daughter is now 9 and hasnt had another UTI since and anytime she says it hurts down there or it red we do the baking soda bath and it clears it up... And you can use a baking soda bath on a child of any age... So I hope this help... If nothing it will help with the burning anad itching

Athlete's Foot

Posted by Reneenbrown (Bend, Or, Us) on 05/15/2010

My 2 year old has had a rash on her feet for over a month now. I think it is athletes foot, but I have never seen it and the pictures on the internet are so extreme it is hard to compare.

It started out with a few bumps where her toes connect to her foot - on top of the foot. It wakes her up in the middle of the night itching - but during the day it doesn't seem to bother her that much. In between her toes also felt leathery. After a few weeks, in between her toes started peeling.

I was started rubbing her feet every night with a mixture of calendula, grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil and other herbs for the skin. After 3 weeks it seemed to have gone away, but only for a few days, then it came back.

Now there are red bumps in the same place as before and little spots all over the top of her foot.

I have been trying an all natural athletes foot cream I purchased from an organic grocery store. I have using it 2 times a day for 10 days with no results.

Her feet don't stink and as far as I can tell, there isn't anything on the bottom of her feet.

Is this athletes foot? If so, is apple cider vinegar safe to use on children? Can I add it to her bath - because trying to get her to sit still and keep her feet in a bowl of vinegar for even 3 minutes is tough!

I am afraid to do anything for too long because of her sensitive skin - I don't want to cause more damage than there is.

Replied by Tricia
(Ireland, Ireland, Ireland)
84 posts

This doesn't sound like athletes foot to me. Athletes foot won't have lumps and bumps. The leathery skin with cracks and itch sounds more like the contact dermatitis that my friend's lad had. Any athletes foot cream should have had some kind of effect if it was that. Try googling contact dermatitis and feet for images to see if thats it. If it is I'll ask my freind what she did for it.

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
117 posts

This problem on the feet can also be fungus,,a fungal problem in the skin can come in many forms and fashions,,,if it is not an infection by bacteria, and not a virus, then it may be fungal and it can be anywhere on or in the body. My daughter gets cracks in the heels of her feet and it is alway fungus, we use a cream from the pharmacy, and soak in 1/3 ACV and 2/3 water for about 4 days, 30 min. 2 times aday, when dry apply the fungal cream.