One of my friends told me the thing she gets asked about the most is natural remedies for kids. It is true that kids come with a host of issues and it’s hard to find resources to treat them naturally. Sit tight and we will go over a few of the most common childhood ailments and how to treat them without common OTC drugs or antibiotics.
Scrapes and bruises:
Apply a few drops of the Suture blend directly onto a bruise to help it heal faster. Scrapes are best healed using Vitamin E oil or Tea Tree Oil (or both). We usually just put the oil on a band-aid and place it over the cut or scrape. Cold compresses are also helpful for both scrapes and bruises to slow inflammation.
Apply 2 drops of Basil essential oil directly onto the sting site. A baking soda paste can also help reduce itching. Mix one tablespoon baking soda to two tablespoons of water and apply directly to the site. You can also use honey under a bandage but I have had the most luck with the baking soda method. If your child is having difficulty breathing please seek medical attention as anaphylaxis can be deadly.
Aloe vera is a wonderful plant to grow for this. Many drugstores also carry aloe gel. Just spread it liberally over the site. Witch hazel is another readily available remedy that helps the skin heal. Try spraying it on with a spray bottle or dabbing with a cotton ball. Treating with Tea Tree oil before placing a bandage can help the skin heal faster as well.
Give bone broth in small doses every hour or so. Don’t overwhelm their system with an entire bowl full at once as this may cause pain and bloating. Probiotics are also good to replenish the good bacteria lost. The best probiotics to use are often found in things like yogurt, kefir, and kombucha . I have also purchased coconut water probiotics that worked well from my local natural foods store.
Staying hydrated plays a part so having them drink more water usually helps. I also like epsom salt baths to increase magnesium and relax muscles. Increasing potassium is also a good idea so things like bananas are great. Heat can also relax the area so if you have a natural rice, corn or wheat bag warm it up and put on the area.
Use elderberry syrup, echinacea tea, onions, and rotate through diffuser blends like Protect and Cleanse. Try to also make sure your child stays hydrated and gets plenty of vitamins, especially vitamins A, C, and D. For more detailed information please refer to my post on Natural Cold & Flu Remedies.
Put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear one at a time while your child is laying down. Have them lay still until the bubbling noise stops then roll to the other side and repeat. Use only 3% strength available at grocery stores. Anything stronger may cause permanent damage. This is hard to do in very small children but try your best. You can also try to put it in both sides directly before having them take a shower (not a bath).
Coconut water is great for re-hydration, but introduce it slowly. You can also create a homemade Pedialyte type solution with 2 cup water, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 tablespoon of salt that can be used by all ages. I used it on my baby just a few weeks ago since we didn’t have coconut water and it worked wonders. If the child is big enough not to choke start by having them suck on ice chips to see how their body responds.
The number one cause for headaches in children is dehydration. Start by making sure your child has had enough to drink and if not introduce water, coconut water, or a Pedialyte-type solution. If your child appears to be well hydrated try a drop or two of peppermint oil just behind the ears.
Rub your child’s stomach in a circular motion directly after eating. Keep your child properly hydrated. Eliminate foods that may be causing an upset stomach, at least for a little while. If your baby is formula fed try a different formula. You can also kick a baby’s legs a little bit to get them to release pent up gas. If you see them lifting their legs up, it’s a good sign they need to get out some air.
Gargle salt water every few hours and drink ginger tea with a tablespoon of honey in it twice a day. These will soothe the throat without side effects. You can also buy lozenges with ginger in them that kids are more likely to enjoy than the tea. Even a spoonful of raw honey in warm water will be helpful for kiddos with a sore throat.
A fever is the body’s natural way of ridding itself of toxins and stopping the cell production of harmful bacteria. If you shut that mechanism down you are doing your kid a disservice. It may seem like they are more comfortable but really you just made the duration of the illness longer or caused a secondary infection. You also reduced the body’s ability to rid itself of harms next time by taking the immune system down a notch. I promise stifling a fever is not what you want to do. If the child’s fever gets over 102 they may be at risk for dehydration so give them small sips of liquid frequently. If the fever stays high for more than 24 hours please seek medical attention as this may be a sign of more serious and life-threatening illness.
Take 1 tsp coconut oil to 5 drops ginger or lavender oil. Rub on the baby’s stomach and around the sides of his/her back. Repeat twice a day but don’t continue more than a couple of days without a break. I don’t know a lot about this one and haven’t personally had to use it but I have heard good things about it.
Put a few drops of raw cow’s milk or breast milk into the child’s eye every six hours until symptoms clear. I know I don’t have ton of remedies for this one. I haven’t needed more than one remedy. Breast milk is what I would reach for first but if it’s not available try the raw cow’s milk. Sorry folks the regular grocery store milk won’t do.
Relieve itching with baking soda paste or a baking soda bath. Mix water and baking soda in a 1:2 ratio for the paste and place directly on itchy spots if there aren’t very many. You can then wash off with just plain water or cover the paste up with clothing as it will harden to the skin slightly. If your child is covered in bumps a bath might be a better idea. Mix 3 parts water to 1 part baking soda and let the child soak for at least 10 minutes.
Temper tantrums and psychological disorders (PTSD, ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Etc.):
This is where my essential oils come in so handy! Different kids will respond better to different oils or blends because they each have different triggers but my oldest child likes Love & Peace. Another child likes Ylang Ylang. I enjoy Bergamot for my anxiety. Overall Bergamot, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Orange are good for calming anxiety and temper tantrums. Unwind and Love & Peace blends are also great. Unwind also comes in a pre-diluted roller bottle to make things easier for you. Remember you are dealing with kids so you will need to either be diffusing it or using a carrier oil to dilute it to safe levels to apply topically if it is not already diluted. Sometimes I even spray a little bit of diluted oil on the back of the neck to calm my kids down.
Do you have more natural remedies for kids that I should know about? I am always open to some education. What are your favorite natural remedies for the folks in your household? Let me know in the comments.
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