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Natural Home Remedies for Baby

Updated on March 3, 2010
A healthy baby is a happy baby
A healthy baby is a happy baby
A cool steam humidifier
A cool steam humidifier
Feed baby lots of fruits and veggies!
Feed baby lots of fruits and veggies!

Many parents worry - or at the very least, wonder - about the safety of giving our baby medication. Sometimes, as parents, we get caught up in all the chatter about the "must-have" supplies we need to care for our little one. Let's not forget, though, the tried and true methods used by our mothers and grandmothers to treat ailments our little ones may encounter. This article will look at some of the most common issues for baby - and how to treat them naturally.

Colds

Babies will inevitably get one or a few colds. With concerns out there about the safety of giving decongestants, antihistamines, or other drugs to children under the age of 2, what are some natural ways to treat baby's cold?

Steam is important to thin the mucus and relieve congestion. Sit with baby in the bathroom with the shower running for 10-15 minutes. Avoid milk while baby has a cold, as it tends to thicken the mucus. Give baby plenty of fluids and use a cool mist humidifier.

Try this: Mix some camphor and lavender oil together with warm olive oil and rub on baby's chest to help relieve chest congestion.

Constipation

Prunes, prunes, prunes! Prunes are the best natural remedy for baby's constipation. The problem is that little ones don't always like the taste (do many older ones?), so try giving baby prune juice instead of whole prunes. Actually, any fruit juice, like grape juice or apple juice, will help prevent and relieve constipation. You can even mix pureed prunes together with applesauce if baby is particularly hesitant to eat them.

Fiber is also very important in the prevention of constipation. Make sure to feed baby plenty of fruits and vegetables - homemade if possible to maximize the amount of nutrients. Foods that are naturally high in fiber include: apricots, peaches, plums, and spinach.

Try this: Mix 1 or 2 drops of chamomile oil with baby oil and rub on baby's tummy to help ease constipation.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a natural condition that many babies encounter. It is caused by overactive oil glands on the face and scalp and is characterized by redness and scales - a sort of infant dandruff. It's something that some parents just have to deal with for a while, but there are some ways to make it easier. Avoid expensive creams that claim to relieve cradle cap when you can use a simple treatment that is natural and a fraction of the cost.

Wash baby's hair more often, adding olive oil. Rub the oil into baby's head, using a soft brush to wipe the flakes away. Try an oil treatment first, but if the condition continues and worsens, your doctor may prescribe a cream.

*Please note that this article contains mere suggestions and should not replace proper medical care with a doctor. Consult your pediatrician if you are concerned about any of the conditions I've discussed.

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Thanks to photographers Clare Bloomfield & Suat Eman:

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