Difference Between a Weed and a Flower Is The Reference
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really don't like pumping my kids up with some drug to make
them feel better. Laugh all you want, especially if you knew
me in college, but it's true. If my kids get sick, I refuse
to pick up a bottle of ibuprofen or cough syrup or baby-anything
drug. Now before you pick up the phone and call CPS, hear
The pharmacy shelves are stocked with cough
syrups full of chemicals, alcohol and dyes. Are there natural
cough remedies to try?
Remedy for Coughs
Here are two of my favorites (excerpted
from my book, Gentle
Healing for Baby and Child ... A Parent's Guide).
The first is prepared and consumed right away, while the second
may be prepared and stored in your refrigerator all winter
for an Upset Stomach
common ginger root used in cooking has been found to alleviate
nausea, indigestion and motion sickness. For motion sickness, ginger
is more effective than the common Dramamine, says the British medical
Restoring Balance with Ayurveda
albicans is a yeast-like fungus that lives in the mouth and throat,
the intestinal tract and the genital tract. Normally, the population
of candida is in healthy balance with other intestinal flora. However,
sometimes its population explodes because of various factors such
as an improper diet, bursts of intense stress or ongoing low-grade
stress that isn't managed effectively combined with poor sleep/exercise
routines or antibiotics or oral contraceptives.
Aid Kits For Athletic Kids
football to soccer to ballet and cheerleading, this fall sees little
athletes of all sorts returning to practice. Athletics are a fantastic
way for children to get some much-needed exercise, to learn teamwork
and to develop discipline — but on occasion, injuries do
Smart Reasons to Use Fish Oil
are in the grip of an omega-3 fish oil wave. Every day, more
studies are published showing just how important this nutrient
is to us. Last week, it was children with concentration problems;
this week, it is children with autism.
daughter has pink eye. Does she really need antibiotics?
your daughter is enrolled in school or child care, she probably
will not be allowed to
attend until all her symptoms are gone or until she’s
been on antibiotic drops for at least 24 hours. Bacterial
conjunctivitis (pink eye) is quite contagious, so these restrictions
are in place to prevent the spread of infection to other
children within the group.
Honey: Can It Alleviate Allergies?
As one who makes his living
by writing about allergies and asthma, I am often asked about the
potential health benefits of using local honey. Here I am talking
about alleviating allergy symptoms, not “curing” allergies,
which is far easier said than done. Honey contains bits and pieces
of pollen and honey. As an immune system booster, it is quite powerful.
In talks and articles and in my books, I advocate using local honey.
Frequently I’ll get e-mails from readers who want to know
exactly what I mean by local honey, and how “local” should
it be. This is what I usually advise.
Massage From A-Z
Baby massage has
been practiced since ancient times. It can be as simple as a gentle
rub with lotion after a bath or a more practiced infant massage.
The benefits are many for both baby and parent. You can, and should,
massage a child of any age from newborn to adulthood. Children
learn much about the power of gentle touch. There's something
very special about spending a little time giving your teenager
a backrub or foot massage. It maintains a beautiful parent-child
connection throughout a lifetime.
Treatment for ADHD?
A recent study suggests that
spending time outdoors may help reduce symptoms of attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Parents of children aged 5 to 18
years old diagnosed with ADHD participated in a study. The parents
of the 322 boys and 84 girls were interviewed about how their
children behaved after participating in a wide range of activities.
Some activities were conducted inside, some outside in places
without much greenery (such as downtown areas or parking lots)
and some in relatively natural, green outdoor places (such as
back yards or parks).
Steps to Deal with ADD and ADHD
diagnosis of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can send an entire family into
an uncomfortable tailspin of doubt and worry. While it's often
reassuring to frazzled parents to have an actual diagnosis to their
child's symptoms, the diagnosis can raise more questions than it
can I give my child when she's had a stressful day, is nervous,
fearful, teething, or cannot seem to fall asleep?
Mrs. Rabbit's secret tea is the answer to a multitude
of baby and child upsets. Peter Rabbit’s heart went pit-a-pat
as he ran from Farmer MacGregor, but his mother knew to calm him
with a nice warm cup of chamomile tea. When he couldn’t
sleep or had a tummy ache, good old chamomile came to the rescue.
Infections and Homeopathy
When my first boy had an
ear infection when he was a baby, I was able to figure it out
by paying close attention to him. No, he didn't really tug on
his ear; he more or less flapped it with his hand, a lot like
a hound dog scratching his ear. But Joey developed a sudden breast
preference and was using the definitive "pain" cry at
heard that when using homeopathic remedies, my symptoms will get
worse before they get better. Why is that a
good thing? What's the point? First, may I point out that while
your symptoms do worsen with the correct remedy, in the end, you
actually feel better. You gain mental clarity. I know I get all
foggy when I'm sick, so the mental clarity helps brighten my outlook.
syrups, antihistamines and night-time coughs
As much as your sick child
and yourself need sleep, it does not appear that cough syrup or
an antihistamine will help either of you sleep. Parents completed
a survey about their child’s coughing and its effect on
sleep. Then, the children were randomly assigned to either receive
the cough syrup Benylin, the antihistamine Diphen AF or simple
syrup (placebo) for one night. The next day, the parents again
completed the survey.
Supplements for Winter Health
Holiday cheer isn’t
the only thing that abounds this winter: Cold weather ushers in
the sniffles, sneezes and coughs of cold and flu season. Check
with your health care provider to see if any of these supplements
can help your family avoid illness or feel better quickly in the
event you do get sick.
There’s not much that makes you feel worse
all over than any sort of gastric upset. After thoroughly checking
into your symptoms, look to homeopathy to help out. Remember to
pay close attention to the symptoms. Even seemingly irrelevant
minutiae like which side the pain started on or what makes you
feel better or worse can make a big difference in which remedy
will be most effective.
Non-Toxic Treatments for Head Lice
are like most parents, you want a safe and effective treatment
for head lice. Most treatments are toxic and are not recommended
for toddlers. Here are three different treatments from parents.
ABCs of Treating Your Kid’s Excema
Eczema is a common,
recurring skin condition characterized by a dry, flaky, itchy
rash, which can affect different parts of the body. Its appearance
may vary depending on its severity and topical location.
To Raise Drug-Free Children
teach our children about drugs -- what they are, not to take them,
how to avoid them, how they harm their bodies and distort their
minds -- but what about the drugs we give them when they have
a runny nose, fever or sore throat? What about scheduled immunizations?
Is there really any difference?
Approaches to Asthma
For some children, asthma can be quite a simple issue to resolve;
for others, it can be life threatening. The same toxins that cause
eczema in one child or sinus congestion in another can cause the
breathing tubes to constrict in a child so genetically predisposed.
Skin and sinus issues are uncomfortable, but a fight for breath
can be terrifying.
a Homeopathic First Aid Kit
Life’s bumps, bruises and burns are easier
to handle if you have a few remedies on hand to administer as
the need arises. So tuck these and other remedies that you find
especially useful in with the bandages and witch hazel. Here’s
a jumping off point for some of the common needs of children.