Parents often ask me for a concise, simple list of natural remedies they should have on hand for their kids' minor ailments. Here's my basic home remedy recommendations list. Use it to stock your holistic home remedy kit. If your child is prone to specific conditions such as asthma, digestive weakness, or other intermittent, chronic issues, speak to your healthcare provider for an expanded list: Your Holistic Home Remedy … [Read more...] about How to Stock Your Holistic Home Remedy Kit
Baby's First Foods Guidelines: Unless advised by a knowledgeable practitioner that you trust, avoid solids until 5-6 months. Start with egg yolk, mashed banana or avocado, not rice cereal! Avoid jarred baby foods; homemade is easy and healthier No raw honey, strawberries, egg whites, grains or other potential allergens until 12 months If mom or dad have specific food allergies, avoid those foods until … [Read more...] about Your Baby’s First Foods – Understanding the Basics
Though often frightening for parents, a fever is one of your child's best defenses against infection. The spikes on the thermometer associated with fevers in children signal that the immune system is working to evict the bad guys. The idea is to let the body do what it's naturally designed to do while making your child as comfortable as possible... Here are a few things to do for fevers in children... Keep your kid comfy … [Read more...] about A Parents’ Guide to Fevers in Children
Swelling hands and feet? Rings and shoes barely fit? Feeling puffy all over? Edema is common during pregnancy and results when fluids accumulate in the body's tissues. You might find swelling is worse in the evenings or at night. Although minor swelling during pregnancy is considered normal, it's usually uncomfortable. You can prevent and alleviate edema with Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, including acupuncture, … [Read more...] about Natural Solutions for Edema in Pregnancy
Oweee! Junior's tugging on his ear while mastering some amazing high-pitched shrills... No one can sleep, and frustration and exhaustion wrestle with throbbing pain for the top bill in the earache show. Can natural remedies for ear infections really help? While there's no denying that ear infections can be particularly challenging for both kids and parents, most of these infections are not dangerous, and usually resolve on … [Read more...] about Natural Remedies for Ear Infections – Alternatives to Antibiotics
"It's just colic." Anyone who's uttered these words clearly has not experienced the exquisite wails of a baby who seems inconsolable for days on end. Usually from a medical perspective, there's nothing going on other than a screaming baby that may or may not have an upset tummy and doesn't want to be put down. The extreme fussiness lasts for a few months, tops, and it may get better if you eliminate nearly every tasty food … [Read more...] about Natural Remedies for Colic and Reflux
If you're wondering whether or not you should have your child vaccinated against chickenpox (varicella virus), you're not alone. Many parents today are opting to either skip the vaccine and let nature take its course, or expose their children to chickenpox intentionally, so they develop immunity naturally. Chickenpox vaccination: the cons What do some parents have against the chickenpox vaccine? They consider it an … [Read more...] about Chickenpox Vaccination – How Can You Decide?
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Feel those warm October winds? Welcome to Late Summer, the time of year in Chinese Medicine associated with the earth element, harvest, the digestive system. Kids are back to school and gearing up for Halloween and other fall festivities. This season is a great time to focus on your child's diet. It may be a surprise to learn that the gut is a key player in immunity. Special cells of the digestive system respond to the … [Read more...] about Back to School Tummy Health for Kids
Among new parents, baby poo is a hot topic. Though you may speed through diaper changes with eyes and nose averted, even working at top speed, it's hard not to notice how much baby poo varies with each diaper you change.
Babies' developing digestive systems are very sensitive. This means that any changes to your baby's diet affect baby poo. If baby's breastfeeding and you start using breast milk substitutes, expect to see … [Read more...] about Baby Poo Guide
Understanding What’s In Your Baby’s Diaper
Apparently I have a lot to say about attachment parenting. Be sure to read: Co-Sleeping vs. Baby Sleep Training: The Great Debate, Why I Ditched Attachment Parenting, and Baby Sleep Training: Transform Your Fears. The very phrase "attachment parenting"reminds me of being nine months pregnant, perplexed, and pouring over my thick, purple-and-white Dr. Sears book. I was trying to understand what I was going to do with the … [Read more...] about Attachment Parenting – The Basics
Ah, springtime! Chirping birds, vibrant wildflowers, and long sunny days. Unfortunately, this change of season also stirs up pollen causing sneezing, sniffles, wheezing, and other symptoms of allergies and asthma. For many kids this means sitting inside on beautiful days, ingesting heaps of medication, and missing out on lots of fun. While allergies may be triggered by external forces of nature, the root causes are actually … [Read more...] about Natural Remedies for Allergies and Asthma