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Sleep

Posted by Riana (Bellville, South Africa) on 10/06/2012

Hi there, seems my beautiful toddler of 2 years and 2 months sleep patterns is disturbed, for since about age of 2 she want to play till about 23h00 or later at night, before she gets tired and want to sleep. She is usually a well behaved little child, and will play on her own, eats well, and is very clever, funny and cute. She do not sleep a lot during the day either, sometimes an hour, 12h00 to 13h00.. I tried all the remedies and advice given so far, but no luck yet. Is it just a "stage" that will pass, or do you have any advice for me to assist her to fix the sleeping pattern? thank you, Riana

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
10/06/2012

Hi Riana, Yes, the "2 year" can be difficult regarding sleep patterns. It can make it trying on the parents! I had 5 of my own kids so I know how exhausted you already are and then this occurs at the end of your long day!

First, you have to make a set bedtime and stick by that to help them regulate themselves. They are, after all, only 2 and don't know how to do this. Then, you have to take them into their bed. Reading a book to them helps keep them there. Also, you're there with them which is comforting. As they listen to the story they generally ease into sleep. Best of luck to you, Lisa


Slow Speech Development

Posted by Itoro 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?

Replied by Muslim
Oslo
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.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
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~


Spastic Muscles

Posted by Ally (Pretoria, Gauteng South Africa) on 07/27/2009

Todler with Spastic Muscles: My son is 16 months, he can barely sit for more than 2 minutes and cannot walk yet, his muscles are very tense, we are working on Physio to ease the tension but does not seem to be working, is there a remedy i can use as a muscle relexant, i know of medication that can be used but it is not natural? any ideas?


Staph Infection

Posted by Joe (Turlock, Ca) on 05/30/2011

My son has had staph for awhile now we've taken him to the Dr. so many times and still hasnt gone away, we are desperately reaching out for a cure please help us.

Replied by Linne
Anchorage, Ak
06/22/2011

For sure you need very very high doses of vitamin c ---go to doctoryourself.com - he has lots of info on this.


Stomach Virus

Posted by Lekachka (Newcastle, Wa, Usa) on 05/13/2010

I have been fan of your website for a few months and I am grateful that I ran into it few months ago. However, my daughter, she's 2 years old and she has been sick with stomach flu/virus for almost a week and she's still has diarrhea, upset stomach, and severe stomach pains. I was searching on finding some kind of remedy for her stomach pain/diarrhea; however, I couldn't find anything helpful.

Could you please direct me to the special section that talks about stomach virus/flu? or if there's a special section where I can ask a health specialist? Thank you so much for the help,
Enlik


Strep Throat

Posted by Marcey (Jacksonville, Florida) on 10/23/2010

I have done the strep throat remedies suggested on this site successfully for my 4 year old, but because she keeps sucking her thumbs she gets reinfected with strep (or it's latent... )I've gone to the doctors who prescribes medicine but I don't know how I can get her to stop sucking her thumb w/o taping them up. Any suggestions... Am I harming her by only doing the home remedies? I don't want her to come down with rheumatic fever, and is there a remedy for that?

Thank you for any direction you can give me...

Replied by Kavitha
Selangor, Malaysia
10/24/2010

Is she allergic to propolis? I find it extremely helpful for my kids who r 2 and 4 when they have mouth ulcers and sore throat. Its in the form of drops.. But its extremely bitter. U can dilute in juice and let them drink it. Just 2 drops 2 or 3 times a day. Its also very helpful for adults who have tickly throat and loss of voice. The propolis drops have antibacterial and anti viral properties.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
10/25/2010

U know there are some really good brands out there that make herbs for kids, black cherry bark, and echinacea, etc. Im planning on getting that for my daughter.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
04/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I mix a few teaspoons of Clover Honey with a few dropperfuls of Colloidal Silver shake it up, and (store it in a Dropper bottle) and give that to my 4 year old daughter when she is sick or under the weather. I know many people are a bit hesitant about Colloidal Silver, but Ive taken alot of it daily before and I didnt turn into a smurf, lol!! It seems to help her get thru the flu season.

ALONG WITH THAT, and I know I cant say brand names or names of specific companies on this website, but I order this stuff called "Herbs for Kids", Sweet Echinacea, they make several homeopathic childrens syrups, but that one does not taste bad, as my daughter is very finicky about that, and it works!! My mother and I went to the hospital one year, cuz we were sick as dogs, and my daughter did not contract the illness at all. I order from a discount vitamin website (a very well known one actually, just google "discount Vitamins"), with customer reviews, so you know exactly what your buying. They carry all manner of herbal products for children on there, its wonderful.

Replied by London
Sandusky, Ohio
05/01/2012

Update:: Please dont store the honey colloidal silver mixture in dropper bottle, it XPIRES after 3 days and can blow up and go rancid. The dropper rubber plastic thing was expanding, I had to throw away.

Now I use a plastic medicine cup, and mix it in there or use a honey based herbal childrens syrup, and mix it with that in the cup and give it to her. Homeopathic remedies which can be bought at health food stores or ordered online are great.


Swimmer's Itch

Posted by Cheryl (Helendale, California) on 07/16/2009

I need help and I dont know if this is where I would submit it. My grandaughter is 4 and has had a few bouts with swimmers itch but this last one she has really gotten sick. High fever 103.9 and voimiting. Have you ever heard of having this bad of a reaction to swimmers itch? Maybe there is some other parasite in the lake water. I am very concerned and need to know what to do for her. She has been to the doctor but they are not taking this swimmers ithc thing seriously. She has sevaral bites on her body and this is the 2nd time she has gotton sick from it. The first time I thought was just a fluke but now I am think that there is something in that water. If you are able to please help, Thanks


Teeth

Posted by Aamir (Hyderabad, Sindh/pakistan) on 09/27/2012

My son is 6 years old now but from the early age his front four teeth was broken and turned some black. Now front four teeth are not present their gums are seeing black and there is problem in eating. So please suggest remedies that front teeth started to come out.


Teething Rash

Posted by Rondamommie (Kansas City, Mo, USA) on 04/20/2010

Question: Teething Rash of 5 year-old. My daughter just turned 5 and is having 2 permanent teeth push through, one on her right bottom front and one is a molar on the right side as well.

She has a rash under her bottom lip, in the corners of her mouth and on her chin, sometimes it burns on her skin at the rash site. Does any parent have experience with this happening with their young child?... And how would anyone recommend treating the rash and minimizing the burning sensation that it is causing?

Thank you very much!, Ronda

Replied by Wahida
Wokingham, Berkshire UK
05/17/2010

Hi, I have found that if you always have a layer of vaseline around the mouth area the drooling etc from teething would not affect the skin. Especially at night it will help heal it if you put a thick layer of it around the chin and on lips mouth etc do it when the child is asleep it will be easier. During the day keep topping it up. Hope it helps.


Toddler Whining

Posted by Elaine (Edmond,oklahoma) on 05/21/2014

My 15 month old grandson is miserable. He's not in any pain he just cries/whines a lot. He had a rough start in life. Premature, had NEC and had to have some of his intestine removed. Need I say he's had a lot of antibiotics. Not to mention he's had some ear infections. Anyone have any ideas?

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
05/22/2014

Elaine,

Re infant who has had lots of antibiotics;

The discomfort he's experiencing could be from a fungal infection/or candida. Antibiotics in quantity will nearly always guarantee fungi.

Consider nystatin. That is a prescription drug so your MD must prescribe. If me, I'd also try Colloidal Silver. Read up on it's benefits. CS can kill fungi; I have so experienced. CS is positively charged as is beneficial bacteria which is why (one pro explained to me) ... which is why CS does no damage to the beneficial bacteria. But CS is draws to fungi and bad bacteria (negatively charged).

How much for a child? Don't know. But a full dose for me would be two tablespoons three times daily. If my child responded well in a few days using a dropper to administer, then I'd keep it up to see if in a week he was better. CS would have to be administered for months to finally kill a system wide infection.

Also child might have developed a reaction to hard to digest carbs, such as wheat based; and remember, sugar based foods (fruit juices) definitely feed the fungus. So he needs to be off such sugars... so no "sippy cups" filled with juices.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
05/22/2014

Dear Elaine,

Your grandson has had a bit of a rough start! Dave has good advice regarding the fungal possibility and solutions for it.

Some additional thoughts on dealing with whiny behaviour:

Daily outdoor play and sunshine daily are good for the mood and attitude, even toddlers.

A lot of screen time (tv and computer) can make little ones cranky. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under two.

One of my toddler mottos is: Feed them when they are hungry, put them to bed when they are tired. Being tired or hungry increases whining in mine and most.

Sometimes they get into a whiny habit. When this happens, I will answer a whine with, "Nice voice please." said with a smile in a very pleasant way. I wouldn't make a battle out of it, just nice reminders.

Sometimes children get a little fussier when they are going through changes (learning to walk, talk, etc.) Sometimes it is helpful for a parent to know, "This is going to pass." Teething also makes mine fussy. If the toddler is drooling a lot, this could be it.

Please let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Happymomma
Minnesota
05/23/2014

What has seemed to help my children is Kombucha. Kombucha can be bought in many stores and also can be made at home as well. It is a probiotic and also has enzymes and B vitamins...4 out of 5 of my children really like this...what they like is how they feel after they drink it. They feel good. My young children know that kombucha is great for when they feel sick, but they also like the taste when it is flavored.

We also use colloidal silver often as well. Even if they are fighting off something, colloidal silver seems to help them feel better.


Turmeric

Posted by Kristi (Santa Rosa, Ca) on 06/27/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Re: Giving turmeric to babies or children

Turmeric has completely helped my husband and I deal with boils - after 2 or 3 each we have had no more. We mixed turmeric with warm water and milk to drink, and also applied paste of turmeric and honey.

But when my daughter developed extremely large painful ones, we weren't initially able to get any turmeric inside her. So we tried a few tricks that we don't normally turn to, and she's done better with them. Antibiotics did NOT work -- they cleared the infection while she was taking them, then the boils returned again.

External applications of turmeric are also fine for children, and draw out pus very quickly. We use a mixture of turmeric and honey, with a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oil -- mix well. Note that tea-tree is safe for mucous membranes/genital area; lavender is not recommended on those areas for young kids unless very well diluted.

Here are some suggestions for parents who want to try giving turmeric orally to kids; I hope they can help someone!

1) Curcumin in capsules has a less offensive taste than straight turmeric -- we sometimes use that in our dosing by breaking open the capsules and using half the powder each time.

2) Put some turmeric/curcumin on a spoon with manuka honey (itself great against infections)- follow with milk or another bit of honey.

3) If all else fails, icecream is a good cover-up because it's cold and sweet, although of course the sugar isn't so great

Best to try when your child is hungry! Always start with a sip of water and a spoonful of the sweet stuff to lubricate the mouth and to make the experience appealing! Then turmeric, then honey/icecream again.

Good luck everyone.

EC: Never give honey to babies under a year old.


Posted by Lina (Sydney, Australia) on 11/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

When my son was 2 years old, he had a severe stomach pain. he was crying constantly for 2 hours at that night. eversince, i took him to different doctors in 3 different countries, went through blood test, x-ray and usg. finally the doctor said that it was normal for a child to have stomach pain at least twice a week!!! i couldn't believe what he said. my mum visited us 2 years ago, and started to give him tumeric and honey. you wouldn't believe it. it WORKS!!! never again he has stomach pain.


Posted by Pranathi (Vegas, USA) on 04/09/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to add that turmeric is used in India on infants as well with good results. Babies are regularly bathed with turmeric paste to prevent infections (not on the head though, since it prevents hair growth). The quality of the turmeric must be checked though and the infant's skin watched carefully the first few days after using. A harmless side effect is that it colors the skin/nails for a while. A pinch is also put on the baby's tongue and used to clean it.


Turmeric for Allergies

Posted by Amy (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 10/02/2008

I have been giving my kids 1/4-1/8 tsp Tumeric in honey, once daily, heated for chronic allergies for about a week. Is this an appropriate dosage? I opted to put it in honey instead of milk because that is how they like it best. Does this make a difference? When do most people start seeing an improvement in their allergies?


Turmeric for Boils

Posted by Lori (Orlando, FL) on 02/18/2009

Recently my 2 year old daughter has started developing small boils/abscess that resemble insect bites with a purulent center on her lower abdomen. They dont bust or drain, but they get red and painful to touch. Our diet has changed recently due to moving, unable to cook healthy meals. We drink alkalized water, level 3. I cant seem to get her to drink ACV for obvious reasons. I've been increasing the probiotics in her milk/juice and she takes fish oil gel capsules daily. I don't want to start her on antibiotics. I'm going to start cleaning the bumbs with ACV, maybe a ACV soaked cotton ball and band aid. I know turmeric works well for MRSA/boils but that is impossible to get into a 2 year old. How else can I get her alkaline and fight these boils?

Replied by Ruma
Calcutta, India
02/19/2009

Turmeric is a hard one to like. It is sometimes mixed with liberal amounts of honey just to get kids to swallow the stuff. But, then again, the turmeric we use in India for medicinal purposes is always fresh, never powder, so I am not sure how the powder would mix with the honey. I have seen fresh turmeric in some shops in the US, but I am sure it will be difficult to track down.

Replied by Ian
Franklin, TN
02/18/2009

I also have a 2 year old daughter. To get her to drink ACV, I measure a 1/2 teaspoon into her 8 ounce milk cup at the start of the day (more than that amount is noticed by her). Once all of the milk with ACV is drunk, then I serve her regular whole milk for the rest of the day. This was the only way I could get her to ingest it for her breathing and sinus ailments. When needed, I use the mixture 5 days on and 2 days off.

Replied by Sandra
Taylor, MI
02/19/2009

Hi, you could perhaps try adding a little bit of vinegar to some apple juice to disguise the taste ( I would try adding a little bit of baking soda to some ACV, allowing it to react for about 5 minutes and then adding it to some good quality apple juice, with no high-fructose syrup, etc), also you can add turmeric to your child's diet by using it in the foods you cook, for instance, you can add a little bit of turmeric to sauteed onions and then use the seasoned onions to make a soup or any other dish. Another thing would be adding a little bit of coconut oil to make fruit smoothies (just blend some milk with a banana and the oil), etc.

Replied by Lori
Orlando, FL
02/19/2009

Sandra- Thank you for the tip. I can definately sneak the ACV into some apple juice. I completely forgot about VCO, I can mix that into her yogurt. I started applying ACV to the boils last night. They seemed a bit smaller this morning. Last night I encouraged (more like enforced) her to drink about 2 oz of ACV/baking soda in alkalized water. We shared the glass. I also use turmeric in my cooking, I just dont believe a teaspoon of turmeric in my meals will make a difference. I will remain hopeful and appreciate everyone's input.

Replied by Lori
Orlando, FL
02/19/2009

Ruma- Thank you for your response. I give my daughter a babyspoonful of raw honey about two times a day (breakfast and bedtime). I could try mixing a little turmeric into it, however I'm afraid it might discourage her from taking it the next time. It's already somewhat of a struggle to get her to swallow it as is, she is getting better at it because it is our routine. I will definately give it a try.

Replied by Paa
Fremont, Ca
01/09/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter had a staph infection as well. 2 rounds of antibiotics did not help. We used a cosmetic cream with 90% turmeric in sandalwood oil base (found in the Indian grocery store, or online) applied topically helped a lot, especially if caught early on the life of the boil. I also give turmeric in warm milk, masked with a tsp of molasses.

Replied by Nikki
Olivehurst, Ca, United States
04/08/2011

I have a son that is 7 mo. old I recently took him to the doc for a staph infection on his thigh & he is almost done with his antibiotics. I would much rather treat his staph infections naturally. Is it safe for an infant to drink apple cider vinegar?? What other ways could I treat his staph that arent too difficult??? I have a hard enough time getting him to take his antibiotics.

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
04/08/2011

Nikki as per the attached article:

One of the best things to have in your medicine cabinet is tea tree oil. In medical studies, tea tree oil has proven successful in wiping out staph bacteria quickly. Simply use a cotton ball or swab to apply tea tree oil to a skin infection, and cover with a clean bandage. Repeat two or three times per day until the infection is gone.

Another natural treatment is to make a paste of baking soda and apple cider vinegar, and apply to the infection with a cotton ball or swab. Cover with a clean bandage. Repeat several times a day

Mix 1 tbsp. Of honey with 1 tsp. Tea tree oil, and cover the infection with the sticky paste. Cover with a clean bandage, repeating several times per day.

Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 3 tbsp. Honey and 1 cup hot water. Soak a clean cloth in the solution, and wring out. Use as a hot pack three times per day, using new solution and a clean cloth every time. Be sure and launder these cloths with bleach after use to keep the infection from spreading.

Read more: Natural Cures for a Staph Infection | eHow.com

Also because your baby has had antibiotics you need to buy some probiotics because the antibiotics will kill off the good bacteria in the baby's stomach and you need to repopulate the good bacteria. Doctors don't tell you this.



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