Over the years my homeopathic remedy cabinet has grown. Each time a new illness pops up I learn how to treat with homeopathy. Very quickly it became my go to way to treat anything. I think that very rarely do people need antibiotics, I am talking a handful of times in your lifetime, not a handful of times per year. Antibiotics do so much damage to your body, even if they do make you feel better temporarily. You want your body to learn how to heal itself. And if you are constantly are popping pain meds and antibiotics your body will greatly reduce and even loose it’s ability to fight illness. Your body is amazing and has the ability to heal itself from anything. As Hippocrates says, give me a medicine that creates a fever, and I can cure any disease.
With back to school time around the corner, and all the lovely back to school germs and virus sharing that comes along with it. I thought I would give you a bit of a round up of all my natural remedy posts and some more information to help you integrate this in your lifestyle and home.
The most common childhood illness are fever, stuffy nose and ear infections. Which by the way if your child has chronic ear infections it probably from cervical vertebrae being out of alignment and a severe imbalance in the gut flora of your child’s digestive system (read this post of mine about probiotics and/or the GAPS Diet book to learn more about the gut flora imbalance).
When Penelope gets sick, which is honestly, super, super rare, despite her Sensory Processing Disorder issues, her immune system has always been amazing. I attribute that to a good diet, and no vaccinations. But here is what I do when she does get sick:
*Let the fever do it’s thing. I will let it get to 103-105 before I start treating it with natural remedies. Peppermint oil rubbed on the feet and a tepid bath are my go to ways to bring a fever down a couple of points. If that doesn’t work (it always has) I have Children’s Pain Reliver liquid spray from King Bio Homeopathic. I do also have dye-free Tylenol on hand for emergencies.
*Up supplements. Penelope always takes a multivitamin, probiotics, and cod liver oil. When is under the weather I up her cod liver oil, vitamin C and vitamin D and give her some echinacea. You can read this post to learn more about the supplements I like for both her and I.
*Clear the bowels. You and your kid should be pooping two to three times a day, even babies – I don’t know how and why the misinformation spread that it is ok for a baby to go a week without pooping if they are breastfed – that is never ok! When you are detoxing or sick, you want to get it out of your body, and biggest way your body get rid of waste is by pooping, so make sure your child is not constipated. I like these gentle laxatives and digestive enzymes for kids and this tea and supplement for me when I need to move it, move it! And get a Squatty Potty, it will help you get all your poop out each time you go to the bathroom and not leave any to rot in your colon-and you’ll have a flatter stomach to boot.
*GOOT! Oh, how I love me some GOOT. Miracle of miracles, that stuff is amazing. Fevers, ear infections, stuffy nose, sinus infection, you name it. Put some GOOT on it. It’s the natural and healthy version of windex in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
*Alternative Wellness. Get thy self and your baby to a chiropractor, acupuncture Dr and/or a homeopath. As you start relying on these practitioners for your health needs and as you increase your intuition about what your body needs and what your child needs you will be able to feel in your body what is out of balance and which one you need to go to for each little illness.
Pink eye can also go around quickly during back to school time, so you might also want to book mark my natural remedy for pink eye and styes. And if you catch what your kid brings home from school and are super stuffed up with a head cold check out my post about the Netti Pot and other cold remedies. Cupping therapy is also fantastic tool for both parent and child when you have a stuffy nose and fever. And remember when it’s cooler weather, wearing a scarf is a great preventative from catching a cold.
I also really like Hyland’s Kid Kit. It includes:
Aconitum Napellus 30X: Initial stages of fevers and inflammations brought about by exposure to dry cold, with anxiety, restlessness and thirst. Discontinue when perspiration sets in.
Arnica Montana 30X: Muscular soreness due to overexertion. The first remedy for swelling, bruising and shock. An athlete’s necessity.
Belladonna 30X: Sudden onset of violent symptoms characterized by flushing heat, and throbbing pain. Patient may have sore throat, cough, aches and fever.
Chamomilla 30X: Hypersensitivity to pain, rheumatic discomfort, sleeplessness and nervous excitability. Relieves colic and teething distress in children.
Ferrum Phos 30X: Ferrum Phos helps the lungs to distribute oxygen throughout the body. It helps carry the oxygen in the circulatory system and is useful for inflammations (sore throat, stuffy nose), nosebleeds or muscular strains. For first aid, fevers and first stage of inflammations, Ferrum Phos is your remedy.
Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum 30X: Helps to localize inflammation, as in bringing a boil to a head. Also of value in treating croup, certain head colds, sore throats and laryngitis.
And then once you are feeling better, stay healthy and increase of vitality of your immune system with these ten healthy habits that I do.
Hope everyone has a healthy start to the Back To School season!