As you might know from reading this blog, my husband and I are in the process of adopting. It is a very exciting (and not a little scary) time for us, and this blog is a little later than usual because we have just had another visit from the Social Worker. These visits are regular and varied, and inevitably get me thinking about how my life is going to change when we finally become Mummy and Daddy, and child or children.
One thing that will not change is my wish to use natural products rather than chemically produced ones, particularly if the little person or people are feeling off colour. So, off I trotted over the world wide web and did some research.
For a sore throat, which are so prevalent around this time of year, honey and lemon juice is ideal. Lemon will dry up the congestion and the honey provides a soothing coating to the throat. If you take a tablespoon of each and put it into a microwave safe bowl, put the bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds until it is warm. The dosage is 1 teaspoon at a time, and please be aware that honey is not safe for children under 1. This is due to the fact that honey sometime harbours botulism and the infant immune system can’t fight it as well as older people.
Another issue which has been plaguing my mind is what if we are lucky enough to be matched with a baby and they suffer with colic? Apparently, Chamomile tea relaxes the intestinal muscles and so is a great remedy for a colicky child. If you steep tea for 4 to 5 minutes and then put 1-2 ounces in a bottle, with water and it can certainly help matters. But, you must be careful not to give more than 4 ounces in one day.
Every parent must dread the onslaught of teething. From my reading of the subject, it would appear that grabbing something chewable and cold is a great relief. Some options would be a frozen baby bottle (filled with water and stored in the freezer teat side down so the water fills the teat and is hard for them to gum on), a cold banana, a cold teaspoon from the fridge, wet towels, ice in blankets or even a peeled carrot. I suspect infant paracetamol or ibuprofen is also a must when the pain gets too much for the little ones.
As we are likely to be dealing with a child who suffers from some form of anxiety due to their early life experiences, one really great solution is blowing bubbles from a bubble wand. Now, I love bubbles, and so do my cats and dog, so I really hope this one works because I can see us doing it A LOT! Just for the fun of it!! Apparently the reason it helps anxiety is that breathing slowly and deeply while creating the bubbles allows the child to relax. Fabulous!!
Travel sickness is common in small children, so for those aged 2 and over, making a ginger tea is great for suppressing nausea. A teaspoon of shredded ginger in 4 ounces of boiling water, allowed to steep for 4 to 5 minutes, can then be drunk 30 minutes before getting into the car. It might help with the nausea, but it will also guarantee a need for a potty break along the way, so be aware of that possibility!
Active children are likely to get bitten by bugs at some point, and those nasty raised bumps can be itchy and annoying and miserable to deal with. How about using baking soda? If you take a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and make a paste with just enough water, the alkaline mix will counteract the acidic swelling.
Another great remedy for mild swellings (eg bumps and bruises) is also used in high end spas. Cucumber slices, put on the affected area will reduce the minor swelling. It works on eyes, and it works on minor bruises. Plus the smell is very refreshing.
This is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, but it was really useful for me to research these possible remedies. What remedies have you used in your family based on folklore or herbal knowledge?