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Infant and Children's Remedies

Posted by Humble (L.a., Ca.) on 11/19/2013

Can a newborn take magnesium chloride and iodine for candida fungi, and what are the pros and cons? thank u much.

Chamomile Tea
Posted by Jess (Nh) on 11/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I started giving my son chamomile tea at night (he was about 14 months when we started, now he's almost 2) before bed for teething as well as chamomilla as a homeopathic treatment. He seemed to be soothed and we began to do this almost nightly.

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 10/26/2013

Dear Ozi,

Thanks so much for update. I am glad to hear about your son's improvement!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Ozi (Dallas, Texas) on 10/26/2013

Hi Everyone. I have a great update. Before I began treating Vic, his neck was covered by his "jaw". This has disappeared and I now know that he was swollen. His neck is now visible without me having to lift his skin. Through our this body, he has lost water weight.

Overall, he now appears to be underweight. I read in earthclinic, Ted's remedies for unerweight babies. I have begun his full spectrum vitamins (I take them because I am uneasy about giving dosing for Vic...and he will get it through breastfeeding). I have begun taking dessicated liver tablets.

My energy level has improved along with my concentration. I am less foggy-brained.

I am not worried about his weight. Now that he has lost the water weight, I expect his body will begin to absorb more protein.

I have begun brewing kombucha again. I take it straight and I have a dropper bottle of 50/50 (mixed with bmilk) that I give to him 3* a day. I replaced the apple cider vinegar with this.

He is more energetic and inquisitive.

He has had his first brownish bowel movement in months. I am still giving him kelp and have added fermented cod liver oil which may be helping with nutrient absorbtion.

His skin has healed in serveral areas. The areas with the thickest patches of skin is reducing and is less red.

His eyes are less watery, more clear.

I have noticed this healing pattern. 2 steps forward and 1 "step back". His skin would lessen in redness and bumps would decrease in size. Then after a couple of days, the redness would increase and bumps would enlarge. However, the number of bumps never increase. After these "flare ups", the redness and number of bumps decrease in number. So, I have begun to anticipate the "flare ups" as heading in the direction of healing. When this first occured, I dreaded it. He would look awful, be extremely irritated, clawing at his skin...I doubted myself.

Overall, I will continue the remedies, I am seeing great results.

Skin Allergies
Posted by Andrea C (Wales) on 10/04/2013

I know this is an old post, but I have had this problem for years, I finally traced it down to Chlorine in the water supply. I put a shower filter on my shower head, and fill the bath with the shower head as well. End of problem. Love Andrea C xxxxxxx

Posted by Mike (Denver, Colorado) on 10/03/2013

Ozi: Flora Udo's choice infant probiotics, evening primrose oil, Bach Rescue Cream, wyoming clay and colostrum. You can mix the wyoming clay together with the colostrum powder and add water to make like a mud bath. You can also take them internally. Amazon has almost 300 favorable reviews on homemade water kefir. Google how to make water kefir in 2 minutes or less video.

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 10/03/2013

Dear Ozi,

Thanks for updating us and giving more information!

Vic is blessed to have a mom so dedicated to his health and healing.

You mentioned excercise to speed up your own cleansing. I have always been told while breastfeeding to be careful about detoxing because toxins will come out in breastmilk. So, I don't think it means you can't exercise, just be cautious about speeding things up.

It may be noteworthy that he doesn't sweat. I am assuming his brother does? Sweating is a way that we get toxins out. The internal ACV may help with that.

If his stools are greener than his brother's, it may well be food intolerance. (Then again, it may be the spirulina. ) While you are eliminating things, I have noticed that it can take a couple of weeks of being off foods before a difference is noticed.

Well, please keep us posted and keep up the good work! :)

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, SC) on 10/03/2013

Hello Ozi; in re Vic's infection;

Don't confuse symptom with cause.

You can treat symptoms and that is all fine but the cause is, after what you have described, a yeast infection; perhaps candidia brought about by over colonization from the glucose drip he received.

If he was on antibiotics that also could have added to the over colonization.

Yeast thrives on acidic conditions and sugar (glucose) might have been the trigger that produced the infecfion. The web site "Know the Cause" focuses on fungus as an often over looked cause for human disease. Under a sub heading in the Know the Cause web site there is a discussion of various fungal infections by Luke Curtis, MD and one title of an article in that web site is "Probiotic bacteria protects against candida overgrowth in young and old" and then links to a study by Dr Suresh Kumar in a PICU where probiotics are used to get the babies' candida under control. I'd highly recommend you study that site and consider using probiotics in Vic's diet asap.

The reason Boron may be helping is that it might be bringing the acidic condition that the sugar created, under control and back to alkaline. To that end you could consider a little baking soda (lots about that on Earth Clinic) in helping destroy the overgrowth.

Candida over growths can be quite dangerous in babies and can cause a proclivity to allergies and asthma as the child grows.

Get to the cause. Think fungal infection on this one.

Best to you and Vic.

Posted by Ozi (Dallas, Texas) on 10/02/2013

I also forgot to mention that I have been giving him about 1/8 teaspoon of spirulina (no cellulose and full of minerals) mixed in breastmilk. When I find a trust worthy seller of organic kelp, I will switch to kelp. I have used kefir grains many years ago and cannot attest to its immune system properties. However, overall, I was fit as a fiddle. So, I will look for milk locally. I intend to make breastmilk kefir with it. I've read gotu kola is great for the skin and may add it to his external treatment.


Posted by Ozi (Dallas, Texas) on 10/02/2013

I am sorry for a somewhat late response. I want to continue posting so that I can be of help to parents going through this. I hope we can all teach each other and cure ourselves. Thanks to those who have responded. I feel more motivated to deal with this head on.

On Vic's skin, I have been spraying 50/50 ACV (orgainic with mother) for 2 days. I see increase in size of bumbs on Vic's skin. I may not continue this if I don't see drastic improvement in 7 days because it smarts and he cries out in pain.

I will continue the borax/hydrogen peroxide topical treatment. No noticable pain and I believe it is the primary cause of regrowth of hair on his scalp.

I will continue the borax internally for myself and VIc and I see the gassiness in both of us as a sign of detox.

I started giving him a drop of 50/50 ACV with every feeding (mixed in breastmilk not water). I have begun taking that internally today.

Vic's skin has been emitting a dull odor. At first, I thought it was because of the borax. But I have been using it topically (Every treatment I use on them, I use on myself to test for side affects. Baby can't tell me whats up). Perhaps it IS yeast. I have begun sunbathing him in the evening sun for the last 2 days.

I have been reading about triggers and have removed eggs, milk and cheese today. That simple. I will not let my mouth kill me nor my children. I am a vegetarian but I do not buy organic. I will begin doing so.

I bath him in borax water only and follow with neem oil. Nothing more that what I have typed.

Vic's stool is normal but slightly green all the time. I have been consuming loads of greens since I learned I was pregnant with twins so I've always atttibuted it to my diet. His brother, however, has green stools infrequently.

Goals; remain vigilant, increase greens and begin exercises to speed up my cleansing.

!!!!!! Almost forgot. I have noticed that Vic does not perspire. I suspect this is because of the infection. I plan to investigate after this primary issue is taken care off.

Kissess. I love you all,


Posted by Art (California) on 10/01/2013


I forgot to mention the melanin loss may be the bodies desperate attempt to create vitamin D as melanin is a natural inhibitor of vitamin D production in the skin when exposed to uv rays (sun). A good tan will significantly lower the bodies production of vitamin D whereas no tan will significantly enhance the bofies ability to produce more vitamin D when exposed to the sun.


Posted by Art (California) on 10/01/2013

In reply to Ozi from Dallas,

You have gotten some good responses from some knowledgeable posters here and here is another idea to consider.

Current studies are showing that a mother who is insufficient or deficient in vitamin D during and after pregnancy has an increased risk of their baby getting eczema and allergies among other health issues.

Studies also show that more vitamin d is required during pregnancy in order to achieve vitamin d sufficiency for the mother and the baby.

Vitamin D allows the body to produce more of its natural antimicrobial peptide or natural antibiotic, cathelicidin, on demand. If cathelicidin is readilly available on demand, your baby may not need external pathogen fighters and the immune system may be able to do what it was intended to do naturally by itself. Even if you supplemented/supplement with vitamin d, it may not be enough and it might be worth having a vitamin D test for you and your babies (25 OH d serum test). Some people simply require much more vitamin D than others in order to get their 25 OH d serum level into the optimal range!

Remember vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency has many negative health ramifications for infants as well as adults! We are currently coming into the time of year when are bodies can not make vitamin D from sun exposure, so this point becomes even more critical for your babies as well as yourself.

Best wishes!


Posted by Andrea C (Wales) on 10/01/2013

Hi I am not being rude here, but I would never give Activated charcoal to a baby, it can seriously block the colon up and cause serious problems. Here in UK a long use remedy for the gas in babies is, get a warm cinder off the fire, put it in water, let it hiss and cool so its lukewarm, and put it in to a bottle or a sippy cup, and let the child drink it. It works every time, and also cures colic and a gripey stomach in children, it's good for adults too. Love Andrea C xxxxxx

Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 10/01/2013

Ozi: 1. Check for allergies. I know of a baby even younger who had all that because of an egg allergy!! When her mother cut out eggs, it healed.

2. try coconut oil.

Posted by Mike (Denver, Colorado) on 09/30/2013

Ozi: You can easily and rapidly cure your precious baby. Get some water kefir grains on amazon for $10 and some organic whole dried cane juice and some hawaiin spirulina. Put 60g of sugar and the grains in 1 quart of water. Do not puse any metal. Let them ferment at room temp away from direct sunlight for 12 to 24 hours. Taste them periodically. They should be sour but not too tart. When bubbles rise to the surface they are brewing. Then put 10g of spirulina in there. Take some yourself and give some to your baby. Use the grains to start the next batch. Put the rest in the fridge. Take 4 times a day. This is the most potent remedy in the entire world. While you are waiting for the package to arrive make green smoothies from organic baby leaves. Strain and remove the cellulose. Give some to your baby and take some yourself. Do the same with organic berries. Google raw food and raw superfood videos for some good ideas.

Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 09/30/2013

Hello Ozi:

From your description, he has a yeast infection.

Nystatin is good to kill a yeast infection.

Look under the site on EC (yeast infection under ailments) and see if you don't have numerous ideas for killing yeast. Echinacea the herb can kill a yeast infection too. Yeast will inhibit the immune system so many of the symptoms look like the immune system is compromised.

Yeast gives off an bad odor so if you smell a very pungent odor, such may indicate it is indeed a yeast infection. Of course, it could be a bacterial or viral infection. But that glucose is the big clue. That is so yeast causing.

The glucose IV could have triggered the yeast infection. You are using some things on him that logically should have helped and it is working. Great job.

Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 09/30/2013

Hi Vic,

So sorry your little guy is suffering so. But you are wisely taking charge of his health and already making progress. I have a number of thoughts of things your could try. I hope it isn't too overwhelming, but a complex problem sometimes requires complex solutions, and we are talking about a baby, so treatment needs to be as gentle as possible.

First of all, you say the baby is gassy. How are his stools? Loose? Constipated? Normal? If he is not constipated, you can give him a little bit of activated charcoal. You would mix 1/8 t. In a little water and give it to him a little bit at a time in a syringe. Charcoal is detoxifying and good for gas.

You mention the glucose he was given in his first days. If his gut is off, you can give him some pro-biotics. You may be able to find something for babies, otherwise, some moms just use capsules and open them up and put some on their fingertip and give to the baby. This helps some babies with gas.

If your baby is sensitive to chemicals and materials, you may need to be using all cotton and natural cleaning products. My first child could not use disposable diapers or wipes. I used cloth on him and washed them with homemade soap make out of Ivory soap, borax, and washing soda. It made for very soft diapers! :) If you are not already, use very gentle stuff, and unscented to wash his clothes and bedding. All cotton is best.

Some babies rashes clear up very well if mom gives up certain foods. Dairy products bothered many of my babies. It made them fussy and rashy. These days it seems that wheat and dairy are common offenders.

I am so glad he is breastfed! That will make things easier. Please do wait to start solids until you have a handle on his health. If you are vaccinating, wait until this is under control before having any more. It is possible that this is vaccine related if he has had some.

Topically, I would try extra virgin, organic, cold pressed coconut oil on the skin. It is very gentle and healing. It is antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. It is also gentle. You can use this on his rashes as often as desired.

Tea tree and lavender essential oil can be added to the coconut oil. They are anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. I would add 5 drops of each to 2 Tablespoons of essential oil and test one spot to make sure it isn't too strong.

The swollen lymph gland makes me think you are dealing with some type of lingering infection. You can make a garlic oil to rub on the bottom of his feet a couple of times a day. It will take some time to make it. Peel and crust 10 cloves of garlic. Put them in 1/4 cup of coconut oil. Let this sit for 10 days. Strain out the garlic. Rub the oil on the bottom of the feet twice a day, or more. It will soak into the body. If it is too strong, dilute it more with more coconut oil.

Finally, there are some herbs that may be very helpful. Comfrey, Chamomile, and Plantian are all very healing to the skin and chamomile is excellent for a variety of rashes. Comfrey and Plantain may only be available mail order. I buy them each by the pound and use them all the time. Chamomile you can get almost anywhere. Chamomile can be made into a tea and you can give him 1 T. A few times a day for his gas. You can also make a strong chamomile tea to bathe him in. I have seen this work very well on pimpley rashes. Comfrey and Platain can also be made into a strong tea to bath him in. You can also steep these herbs in coconut oil for 2 weeks and strain it out to make a very nice healing oil. Plantain helps with pain and itching. Comfrey helps with cell-regeneration.

Any or all of these can be done together. These are all things I have done in some way or another for my own children. I would add one at a time to make sure there is no reaction. Please do keep us posted on you baby's progress. I am praying for your wisdom and his healing.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Ozi (Dallas, Texas) on 09/30/2013

This message is for Ted. I have a 4 month old who has been diagnosed with eczema. When he was born he was given glucose intravenously for 4 days. I suspect this is where the problem began. I suspect this opened his system to infection/infestation. I have been to dermatologists who have refused to do proper diagnosis through lab and or microscopic viewing of his skin. They were quick, however, to prescribe hydrocortisone, which I refuse to give. Here are his symptoms

Redness of scalp, neck, cheeks, skin folds, and anal area. Thick patches of skin where red. His has lost melanin all over his body. Round rashing, weeping patches. On scalp, his hair fell out around his face. He has swollen lymph behind his left ear for a month now. He itches terribly (worse at night) so I have mittens on his hands to prevent injury.

I suspect this is demodex but feel uneasy because I have not truely found out. So, I happened on this site and have been treating him with borax and H2O2 externally and borax internally. Vic is breastfed so I am taking the borax internally as well. (aside, his is a twin and his brother began to show redness but when I began dosing, his went away). We are now 2 weeks in. I have seen improvement on his scalp. Hair is growing back on his scalp. In other areas, the problem persists (redness, swelling) although, many red patches are now brownish. Since I began this, his rashes are like tiny craters in his skin and is weeping more. Is this a positive sign? He is very gassy also. His scalp and cheeks have many tiny translucent bumps filled with white "stuff".

I need help here. Please.

EC: Hi Ozi,

Ted is unavailable to answer questions at the moment, but perhaps another of EC's wonderful contributors will respond.

Picky Eater Toddlers
Posted by Trudy (Al) on 08/19/2013

I agree with all the other suggestions, so have just one more: when my grand-daughter was a toddler, she ate no vegetables at all, only meat and potatoes. We just put her food on her plate and she chose what to eat. As the adults were eating, we would occasionally comment how, when I was little and didn't like a vegetable, I would put a piece of it on a spoon with a food I did like and, wow! You couldn't even taste the disliked food. They hear everything, and soon enough we heard from her 'you can't even taste the pea! ' Now, at age 7, she eats everything. Will try any food on the table--she knows she doesn't 'have' to eat it, so is willing to try.

Picky Eater Toddlers
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, USA) on 08/18/2013

Vikram, I am seeing lots of great advice for you here. I also agree that forcing her to eat is only going to worsen the problem. Two year olds can be pretty contrary.

My oldest son is almost 20. I nursed him until he was two. He ate no solid food until he was 16 months old. Threw up everything I tried to give him. (I wasn't forcing it, even if he put it into his mouth he threw it up. ) I didn't push it and figured he wasn't ready. People wanted me to take him to an eating disorder clinic. No way. Finally, at 16 months he started to eat. I think he may have had some food allergies and it was his bodies way of protecting him from food. He was fine on human milk alone. Everyone said he would be a picky eater. He wasn't. He is a super young man who will eat anything.

My niece was a very picky toddler. But her parents were patient and just offered healthy food. Eventually, she would eat. She is now a healthy eater and a teen.

She will eat when she is hungry, just offer healthy stuff. And don't let her think you are happy when she eats or upselt when she doesn't. Food needs to be a non-issue. I agree that juices are a great healthy food for her (fresh juiced. ) Raw milk, organic bananas... Also, sugar is filling and empty calories, so avoid letting her have these.

Also, most toddlers don't need a whole bunch of food. A banana is a breakfast for a toddler.

Hang in there and try to be patient. It is really hard when you are worried about their health.

Let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Picky Eater Toddlers
Posted by Sandra (Australia ) on 08/18/2013

Give her fresh juices (greens, mixed with carrot, pineapple). Carrot is one of the most nutritious drinks. She will get most of her nutrients from this drink. Research about the benefits of carrot juice. Most of the food we eat today has no nutritional value anyway - we are better off getting nutrients from juices (not processed juices).

Picky Eater Toddlers
Posted by Gab2well (Alabama) on 08/18/2013

Do not give her too much to drink in way of juices or milk that may cause her not to want to eat. Also do not put too much on her plate so she will not be fearful of not being able to eat it all. Also make sure she is not anemic, which can cause a child to have a loss of appetite.

Picky Eater Toddlers
Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 08/18/2013

I would think feeding her forcefully and putting so much emphasis on what or how much she eats is destroying her appetite and giving her negative connotations about food. My sister-in-law ate nothing but red raspberries one summer when she was little, and when my Mother-in-law asked the doctor about her concern for her health, he said let her eat what she wants, and when she gets hungry enough, she will eat on her own. He was right. Unless your daughter has an illness that is keeping her from eating, just put food out that she can eat when she wants during the day. My children often ate their dinner throughout the evening instead of all at once at the evening meal, so I left their food on the table and they have good memories of food and calmness at our dinner table. I know you have your daughter's best interest in mind, but I would back off and let her eat when and what she wants. Her body will tell her what she needs as long as nourishing food is available.

Picky Eater Toddlers
Posted by Vikram (Nashik, India) on 08/17/2013

Please can u suggest me any remedy my 2.5-year-old daughter is fussy about eating. She does not eat anything if we do not feed her forcefully. Awaiting an earliest reply.

Infant GERD Remedies
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, USA) on 08/16/2013

Dear Amy, So sorry for your little girl's suffering!

My babies and toddlers will drink my "vinegar tea. " (I fix it for myself and they just drink it up! )

In a 1/2 gallon jar I mix filtered water almost to the top, plus 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar. 1 dropper of Stevia (15 drops or so) and 15 drops of citrus essential oils. (I like lemon and tangerine or orange. Grapefruit is too strong and I don't like the lime.) I shake it up and try to drink a quart a day to get my 2 T. a day. But your little one would only need to drink one and one third cups a day to get 2 t. a day. (If you served 1/3 cup of it to her 4 times a day, that would do it, plus, it is better to spread it through the day. You could try doing this with 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup vinegar and water to 1/2 gallon instead.

You might see if she would take activated charcoal tablets. They would be good for gas and bloating and also to help clean out her system. I would give her one tablet (not capsule) a day, just not near time of other medication. (2 hour window, as it will adsorb the medication. ) My little ones will just suck on a tablet if I give it to them. Charcoal can be constipating if enough water isn't taken.

Dr. Christopher's Kid E Reg is very gently and tasty. A little bit is very effective for constipation and it is healing to the digestive system. My 2 year old takes it quite readily. (He takes it for constipation and to prevent reoccurance of prolapased rectum.)

Slippery Elm is also very gentle and healing to the digestive tract. You could use the powder and mix it with a little water and honey (1/2 t. a few times a day, or whenever she is uncomfortable would work.) She might not mind the taste, it is very mild. You can also get a tincture of it if that is easier.

Hope you find relief for her soon! Let us know how it goes.

~Mama to Many~

Infant GERD Remedies
Posted by Ed2010 (Canada) on 08/16/2013

Don't Worry. Take Home Made Milk Kefir, Excellent for digestion, gas, bloating, constipation, immunity increaser, rich in Vitamin B complex necessary increase the haemaglobin, Also all the protiens are predigested so it is very easy for digestion.

When my baby girl was 8 months, I just applied milk kefir for diaper rash and it cures it overnight. Started to give her milk kefir from 18 months, 2 - 3 tablespoons a day. Now she is 3. Drinks a glass of milk kefir with love. She does not like store bought yoghurt. Don't give any store bought juices as it is only sugar water.

You can see lots of videos in you tube for how to make Milk Kefir. Good Health

Infant GERD Remedies
Posted by Amy (Mayflower, Ar) on 08/15/2013

My child has been on Prevacid since month 1..... She's 2 years old now and I can't wean her due to the horrible rebound acid. She needs off this medicine to develop correctly. Any ideas how I could get a 2 year old to drink ACV and/or baking soda? She's supposed to get diagnosed next month and I'd love to cancel that appointment because I'm sure they'll simply say she obviously still needs the Prevacid. Can you give me a recipe to try? The Prevacid does help for a little bit but she has breakthrough acid, constipation/bloating, indigestion and calcium leaching. Please help!

Slow Speech Development
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 07/27/2013

Dear Itoro, Reading and talking and interacting with your child are the best things you can do to help his speech. It is important to be reading to your chid every day. Dr. Seuss books are a favorite of mine to read to little ones. Let your child be with you when you cook or clean and talk about what your are doing and just have fun being together. Even teach him to help. A toddler loves to have a spray bottle (we just put water and maybe a few drops of a good smelling essential oil in a spray bottle) to "help" mama clean. (And I only put vinegar and essential oils in my cleaning bottles so I don't have to worry about the chemicals around my little ones, or even me.)

Avoid TV and computer use for your child. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that Television is actually harmful to babies and toddlers and recommends that there be no TV for children before age 2. Before I had children I taught 1st grade. I have 9 children of my own. I can tell you that reading to your children and being with them and enjoying them is the best thing for their language development.

You can get books from the library about things to do with your toddler, games to play, etc.

Listening to classical music is also excellent brain food. Singing children's songs, lullabies, and nursery rhymes are great also. It will give him something fun to imitate.

Finally, I would consider some getting some professional advice. Your child has some developmental delays. I am not one to run to a doctor for everything, but if you had a health professional you trust, it might be wise to get some counsel. For example, a child with hearing impairment will have trouble learning to talk. The earlier something like this is detected, the better off the child will be.

God bless you and your little one!

~Mama to Many~

Slow Speech Development
Posted by Muslim (Oslo) on 07/27/2013

Your son can be a victim of vaccines or be malnutritioned. You have to eat more variable sorts of vegetables and fruits and brestfeed your kid to the age of two. When he is older than two. Start making only natural unprossesed food to him. Remember to give hime some natural source of iodine and iron both will increase his inteligence and development. Trust me these two minerals have alot to say in a health of a person especially the brain part. This can take a while depending on how much good you do it and or not how bad the malnutrition is. Remember keep him of foods in the market which is polluted which syntethic chemicals and vaccines at the docktors office. Have a good and healthy life forward may good protect you and your child from any disease.

Slow Speech Development
Posted by Itoro (USA) on 07/26/2013

My 20months old son started crawling 3 weeks ago. Though he can pull up and walk with support. He cannot stand without support and only makes vowel sounds like aahhh, ohhh, de without talking and he does not babble like other kids. what can I do to get him talking?

Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 07/08/2013

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.

Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 07/08/2013

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~

Posted by Mt (Ottawa, On, Canada) on 07/07/2013

Try calendula salve (calendula with extra virgin olive oil).

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.

Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, Usa) on 06/15/2013

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~

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.

Posted by Mama To Many (Middle, Tennessee, USA) on 06/13/2013

My last two older babies/toddlers have loved my vinegar drinks. :) I consider apple cider vinegar to be very safe for babies. And if you child has allergies, it is much safer than any chemical you could buy to treat him. You can also very safely use Nettle Tea with your little one. I have found it very helpful for my children, even young ones. Pour 6 oz. boiling water over 1 heaping teaspoon of dry nettle leaf. Steep (keep it off the heat) for 15 minutes. Strain out leaves. Sweeten if you like. (No honey for babies under 1 year. ) I once had nettle tea stop a bad case of hives in a child that was about 3 or 4 years old. He could drink 3-4 oz. 2-3 times a day, or even more. It is very safe.

Posted by Courtney (Granite Bay, Ca) on 06/13/2013

I don't see why not. It's no different than having salad dressing.

I would do it more gradually, though--a half teaspoon in juice first, then after a few days, a full teaspoon.

Posted by Steve0 (Dublin, Ireland) on 06/13/2013

Hi Does anyone have any experence giving a one year old ACV for Hayfever? Is it safe to give a tea spoon in a cup of juice. Thanks.

Bed Wetting
Posted by Tamara (Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa) on 04/19/2013

Wow! Thanks Somewhere in Texas for that link to the article about constipation causing bedwetting. It makes so much sense that that would be the cause. Especially when you put together other remedies that people have put forth over the years; avoiding gluten, dairy, or other food allergens, adding minerals and vitamins that help, honey, apple cider vinegar, etc. Constipation is a problem that can cause so many other troubles, including needing an appendectomy! It is such a simple solution, although it may be hard to cure. Thanks for shedding a little light. This is why I love the internet.

Bed Wetting
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/19/2013

I had one child out of three that struggled and my son had one of two that struggled. That son was never a bedwetter. My mom had one of five and my spouses family had one of four kids that wet the bed.

I asked around trying to figure out how to help my bedwetter, read books and tried not to traumatize the child with the issue.

Bed Wetting
Posted by Connie (Slc, Utah, Usa) on 04/19/2013

Hi Harm; Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, may be associated with B12 deficiency.

Here's a link to a study:

Bed Wetting
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West, South Africa) on 04/19/2013

Hi Joy, bedwetting can also be caused due to fear of a parent usually the father, something to think about. I have never come across a case where it was not the case, in one instance it was the mother.

Bed Wetting
Posted by Somewhere In Texas (Austin, Usa) on 04/18/2013

Please read the article on about bedwetting. I encourage you to read the entire article. I was a bedwetter as a child, believe me this is worse for your kid than it could ever be for the adults.

Bed Wetting
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/18/2013

There is a monitor you put in the pants that when it gets wet it sounds an alarm to wake them so they begin to connect with the wetting event as it is happening. Eventually they wake up and make it to the bathroom before the alarm. One of my kids and one grandchild used one.

Seems to run in families if there is one bedwetter, then you can have a child that is a bedwetter.

One alarm was $50 the other was $1000. Shop around.

Also, some food colors can make bladder leaky in adults and children.

Also, tension from personality or stress can cause muscles to fail and bladdr and bowel leaks in adults and children.

Bed Wetting
Posted by Harm (Greenville, Sc) on 04/18/2013

What helps a kid stop wetting the bed?????? Help!!! Single mom of two boys...

Gallstone Remedies for Children
Posted by Amarasiynghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) on 03/28/2013

My grandson who is just only 3 years & 4 months of age, has been detected to have stones in the Gallbladder. Doctors advise to remove the Gallbladder. Could you suggest any alternatives to dissolve them?

Cold Sores in Babies
Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 03/24/2013

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!

Cold Sores in Babies
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!

Sinus Congestion
Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 03/21/2013

Try nettle tea. Pour 2 cups boiling water over 2 T. Dried nettle leaves. Strain after 15 minutes and sweeten with some Stevia. If he could drink this during the day, it may help a lot. My son with severe asthma was able to be off inhalers, steroids and OTC allergy meds by taking nettles in capsules. His little brother, too small to swallow capsules, used nettle tea to cure a case of hives in 20 minutes.

Another think you can do is mix 1 T. Peppermint essential oil and 1 T. Eucalyptus essential oil and put this is 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil and massage it into the back and chest at betime. (Spot check it first to make sure it isn't too strong. ) This helped my daughter who had asthma a lot!

Vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine, but I find it hard to get a lot into a child who cannot swallow pills.

Blackstrap molasses is very nutritive and if he would take a t. twice a day, it wouldn't hurt and might help.

We use raw goats milk at our house and it doesn't seem to set off any ones allergies here.

Hope you find a good solution for him!

Sinus Congestion
Posted by Monica (Chino, Ca) on 03/20/2013

Thank you, weening him off of milk has been the hardest he LOVES it, starches are limited but I can do it. He does love certain raw vegetables Broccoli being one of them.

Sinus Congestion
Posted by Monica (Chino, Ca) on 03/20/2013

Thank you. No he does not have asthma. His congestion is really bad at night, I'm thinking enlarged adenoids. The next step will be going to the chiropractor hopefully between that & some remedies we can cure it.

Sinus Congestion
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West, South Africa) on 03/19/2013

Hi Monica, Stop giving your son starches in all its varieties, leave out the goats milk as well, eliminate all processed Foods that are filled with chemicals. A 4 yr old may not like it but be creative to coax him to eat proper food.

Sinus Congestion
Posted by Kat (Kansas City, Mo) on 03/18/2013

Mom: Does he have Asthma?? I am 57 yr female & have Asthma. Used to take many pills, now only Proventil inhalation & Advair. (purple disc) When I am sick w/ congestion, I take a inhalation treatment & have been drinking green TEA. I am not a DR but only know what works for me. Hope something helps your son soon.

Sinus Congestion
Posted by Monica (Chino, Ca, United States) on 03/18/2013

I have a 4 yr old son who has sinus congestion & enviromental allergies I can't give him the Tomatoe Tea, I've tried the 1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder & Ginger w/Honey cut it down to 1/8 but still it does not work. I use garlic steam ... nothing. There has got to be something that I can do. I have an air purifier his room which is clean and I changed his diet. Milk is gone though he drinks goat's milk in the morning. I'm going to try taking away bananas as well & try Apple Cider Vinegar in vapor. I don't like to give him meds & surgery is my last resort, going nuts here. Please help. Thank you.

Sinus Infections
Posted by Monica (Chino, Ca) on 03/07/2013

Sinus Infection, etc. I saw the Tomatoe Tea, but am a little iffy to give to my 4yr old son. Is there anything else that I can look into thats o.k for children. Thank you.

Posted by Tamara (Grovetown, Ga, United States) on 02/23/2013

Try a hazel wood necklace. They have been known to help with eczema and reflux. My husband uses one to decrease the amount of acid that his body creates. Good luck.

Chapped Skin Remedies
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 02/23/2013

Coconut oil is anti bacterial and anti viral and anti microbial and on and on. I started using it for my brain internally 3-7 tsp. a day and that is helping, ( no weight gain).

Then I decided to put it on my wrinkles and dry skin. (I have VERY SENSITIVE SKIN) It melts as you put it on and soaks in nicely, can cause a breakout as it heals , but then the skin clears up. I put it on throughout my day and before bed.

Also trying a dab on qtip in my ear to stop constant ear ringing and seems to be helping.

I brush my teeth with it and have less tooth sensitivity.

Chapped Skin Remedies
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 02/21/2013

Joanne, try a bit (really a tiny bit each time) of coconut oil externally. He can have it internally too, masked in any number of foods.

Chapped Skin Remedies
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 02/21/2013 2073 posts

Joanne: I would start by supplementing a Vit-A&D softgel as well as Selenium plus Vit-E (mixed natural tocopherols). You should see some positive results in as little as a few days, and might help correct the chronic "sick" condition you mentioned.

Chapped Skin Remedies
Posted by Joanne (Mesa, Arizona) on 02/20/2013

just wondering what would be the best thing to do for chapped skin on the face. My son has been sick for awhile and his cheeks and upper lip area are very chapped and irritated. I have been putting lotion on it and making sure that he has chapstick on like all the time, but nothing seems to be helping...

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