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Natural Remedies for your Sick Infant

If your toddler or baby has caught a bug, you’re probably experiencing a horrible helpless feeling. It’s upsetting seeing your little one succumb to illness of any kind, and it can also be stressful determining how to administer any sort of treatment that is completely natural and non-invasive. Further, you don’t just want to soothe your baby; you want to treat the illness. Fortunately there are a number of tricks and treatments that have proven effective at not only helping your child feel better, but also strengthening immunity to avoid future illnesses.

Here are some of the best natural medicines for treating your baby’s symptoms.

Steam: Warm, moist air can help to treat coughing, so consider putting a humidifier in your baby’s nursery. This will also soothe your baby’s throat and nose if they are dry and irritated.

Bath: A warm bath is an effective and gentle way to clear your baby’s chest and sinuses of congestion. Consider adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the tub, or rubbing the oil gently onto your baby’s back.

Postural drainage: If your baby has a runny nose, it’s a good idea to drain it. This will quickly help clear some of the mucous and make breathing easier. You can use a natural saline rinse, or try postural drainage. Hold your baby on your lap face up, with your hand held firmly under the neck. Angle your baby’s head down so that it is slightly lower than the chest. Tap your fingers firmly in the middle of the chest; this will gently loosen the mucous lining your baby’s lungs.

Preventative Measures

There are also a number of steps you can take to improve your child’s immunity and overall health, to prevent future illness. These include:

> Breastfeeding for as long as possible. Breast milk contains important nutrients and antibodies to keep your baby healthy.

> Washing your toddler’s hands for him or her. When children are too young to do it properly, wash their hands for them with plenty of soap and warm water.

> Strictly avoiding contact with anyone who is unwell- this includes you. If a family member is sick, keep them away from the baby not just until they feel better, but until they are completely well.

> Introducing solid foods that are rich in nutrition. Make sure that your baby gets the requisite amounts iron, vitamin C and other nutrients to promote health. To read more about introducing your baby to solids, read our blog post on the subject here.

If you are concerned about your baby’s health, or observing symptoms that make you anxious or confused, don’t hesitate to seek peace of mind by speaking with a health practitioner. It’s time to go to the doctor if:

> Your baby has a fever, especially under 3 months of age.
> Your baby is coughing up mucous that isn’t clear or white.
> Your baby is vomiting consistently.
> You notice a rash anywhere on the body or face accompanying your baby’s illness.
> Your baby or toddler is showing signs of pain.

Lastly, always make sure that you and your baby are always clothed appropriately for the wind, snow, rain, or whatever else Mother Nature is throwing our way. For more on this topic, check out our post “Dressing an Infant for Winter Weather.”

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Child CPR Workshop: January 26

If you had only 60 seconds to save a child’s life, could you?

A non-breathing or choking person can die in one minute. That’s about the time it will take you to read this blog post.

Please arm yourself with the necessary training to protect your loved ones and little ones. We’re hosting another Child CPR workshop on Saturday January 26 at Thrive Health. We’d love to see you there!

Child CPR Workshop
Saturday January 26, 2013
10:00am – 1:00pm
Thrive Natural Family Health
110 Eglinton Ave. E, Suite 502
Toronto ON

In this invaluable and interactive workshop with 2HEALTH First Aid you’ll learn:

> Why you need to rescue in 60 seconds or less
> When to call 911/EMS
> Why CPR is needed and how to do it
> How to rescue a choking baby or child
> Day-to-day injury prevention

The session will also include plenty of hands-on practice on both your partner and mannequins. We’ll discuss First Aid Kit must-haves and go through detailed examples of first aid situations and how to deal with them.

It’s not our goal to scare you- it’s our goal to help you feel empowered knowing that you’ve done everything you can to learn potentially life-saving skills. Thrive Health and 2HEALTH First Aid are here to help, to teach, and to field any questions you can think of. We want you to feel confident in your new-found knowledge when you leave this course.
We still have room available and would love to see you there!
Please call us to register at  (647) 352-7911.

 

 

 

Thrive Natural Family Health
110 Eglinton Ave. E, Suite 502
Toronto ON

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