“The little one can’t sleep? Orange blossom tea helps,” Grandma would have said right away. “A sore baby bottom? Let the baby kick with bare bottom”. In the past, you had a suitable home remedy for children ready for every ailment. We’ll tell you the best home remedies!
Before going for every little thing doctor you can often help yourself with simple and inexpensive methods that are also one hundred percent ecological. That is why the trend in baby care is back to traditional healing methods that have proven themselves over generations.
We have dug up the wealth of experience of our mothers and grandmothers and tell you which home remedies for children help with bumps, colds, insect bites, sleep problems and other small everyday worries. If I don’t want to see any improvement despite home remedies, I should Naturally always see a pediatrician.
1. Miracle bottom in babies and children
Ouch: the baby has a bright red, sore bottom? This can be a sign of diaper rash. But even if it is “only” irritation from damp diapers or a bowel movement, a sore bottom is very uncomfortable for babies.
The easiest way to heal your buttocks is fresh air. Because irritation occurs when the baby’s delicate skin comes into long-term contact with urine and stool. So just put your baby in a top and lay him with bare bottom on an old towel. But make sure that the child doesn’t freeze. If this is not possible for organizational reasons, you have to make sure to change it more often than usual and to take the outdoor breaks when changing a little longer. Older nappy children can be left naked for a while through the apartment or outside in summer. This also helps you get dry.
Home remedies for sore buttocks
When the bottom is really red, you should do something to relieve the irritation in addition to the fresh air. This works on the one hand with chamomile tea . Simply put on the tea, steep and let cool down. Then dab the sore bottom with it or use the brew to clean the bottom. Older children can also be placed in the chamomile solution for a few minutes. Before the next diaper, however, the bottom should be really dry again.
Another home remedy that you always have at home can be made from potatoes produce. To do this, simply grate a raw potato, place it in a compress or gauze bandage and place on the irritated skin. Please do not put the grated potato directly on the skin, but always put a layer of fabric between the skin and the potato.
For those who are on the go a lot and don’t have time to dab on chamomile solutions or put on potato wraps, we recommend medicinal wool (sheep wool). They are available in health food stores or pharmacies. Simply put a thin layer in the diaper, do not treat the bottom with cream or powder beforehand. The fat content of the wool should ensure that the bottom stays dry without drying it out. With every new diaper, please insert new wool. You should see improvement after just one day.
2. Hiccups in children
Anyone who has had hiccups for a long time knows how exhausting that can be. Why exactly the body lets us adults do such unpleasant things at times is not entirely clear. In children, however, especially very small ones, the hiccups probably originated from the time in mom’s stomach. At that time it served the unborn as a breathing exercise. In infants, it ensures that no food gets into the windpipe. The older the children get, the less frequent hiccups are.
There are a few tips around what you can do if you have hiccups: hold your breath, drink a whole glass of water at once, swallow three times without taking a breath, let your tongue hang out of your mouth, frighten the person affected and many more .
It almost goes without saying that you can try all of this with older children, but not with a baby.
Home remedies for hiccups in babies
What you can try, if the hiccups can’t let go of the little body, is distracting your child with a few finger games, a book or the rattle. Maybe you’re lucky and your child ‘forgets’ the annoying hiccups while playing.
In any case, what you should always do is let your child pimp after drinking. You can also try letting it relax with a light massage. You might also try to blow gently and gently on his face. Your baby will hold its breath and then continue to breathe in a different rhythm. This could help stop the hiccups.
3. Sleep problems in babies
Sleep problems with babies often occur when the little one is supposed to go to bed to take a nap there – alone. Because falling asleep is not a problem on mum’s or dad’s arm. But not only falling asleep ‘alone’, but also teething or flatulence can keep the little ones from getting the sleep they need.
When solving the sleep problem, it is important to keep calm. This is easy to say when you are not rested and totally stressed yourself. But it is critical to success or failure. The key to getting to sleep stress-free is often routine. Because if the child knows which step follows the next, then it is not ‘surprised’
Try to have the same pattern every evening or at lunchtime. Eat, ‘read’ another book, change diapers and put on pajamas. Then go to bed, put on the music box or night light. Depending on how big or small the children are, sit down on the bed and hold the child’s hand.
Of course, that won’t work right away. But if you keep the routine every day, after a week your child will know when it is their bedtime.
Home remedies for sleeping problems in children
If you don’t succeed in falling asleep despite a routine, you can try the following: Warm up the bed with a lukewarm hot water bottle or a warming pillow and take it out when you have put your child to bed. There are also hot water bottles hidden in soft toys, so your baby can snuggle up to the “warm mouse” and automatically has a mom replacement. A warm pillow or plush toy can also help with stomach ache.
If all of that doesn’t help and the child keeps turning up when they are supposed to go to bed, Grandma recommends a nice cup of warm milk or a soothing tea, for example with orange blossom. Just sit down again, calmly drink the milk or tea, cuddle a little with mom or dad, brush your teeth and then go to bed.
What we would rather advise against is grandma’s tip with the ‘bed treat’. To do this, you put a drop of orange blossom water on a piece of sugar and the child can then suck it. While sucking itself may have a calming effect, sugar does exactly the opposite.
And a little tip for nursing mothers: You should avoid stimulating drinks such as black tea, coffee or cola a few hours before going to bed. This can also prevent the little ones from falling asleep.
The most obvious thing to do with problems falling asleep, especially with very young children, is physical contact. Just take your child to your bed with you and don’t worry about spoiling your child too much. For most children, physical contact with mom and dad is the ultimate guarantee of staying asleep.
4. Teething in children
When the first teeth dig through the gums, it is often a painful experience for babies. Concomitant symptoms can also be fever and diarrhea. The problem is, such a young child doesn’t know why they’re in pain, they just don’t feel well. Crying, whining and a bad mood are the result. Therefore, it is important that parents pay attention and identify the first symptoms in order to make teething easier for baby.
Parents can provide initial relief through teething rings. Some of them can even be cooled, killing two birds with one stone. It is important that mom and dad stay calm and give the child a little more closeness than they might otherwise need. Because mental support alone helps the child.
Home remedies for teething pain in children
That might sound like a bit of getting used to, but an Italian grandma gave us the tip to treat the toothache with Parmesan! Simply buy a piece of hard parmesan with rind, clean the rind and let your child nibble on it. The half-soft, half-hard consistency of the rind and the slightly pungent cheese taste are very beneficial for the child!
A piece of hard bread , a fennel stalk or other hard fruits or vegetables that can be eaten raw and that your baby can take easily (carrots, apple wedges, kohlrabi sticks …) also have a similar calming effect .
Before going to bed, it is advisable to do a light massage of the gums with chamomile tea or chamomile extract. The chamomile soothes the gums and the massage your child does.
By the way, many parents swear by amber necklaces against teething problems. An effect has not yet been proven. And be careful: chains can be dangerous for small children!
5. Cold in children
Especially in the cooler months, hardly a week goes by without at least one member of the family having a cold. Thanks to kindergarten and school, the nasty cold germs are spreading at breakneck speed. However, a few simple home remedies for a cold can quickly subside the bad weather illness.
A cold like this will go away by itself after a few days. So in general you have to stand it. But what can be done is to alleviate the symptoms of the cold. Home remedies for colds are all aimed at clearing the airways with essential oils or steam baths and relieving the discomfort.
But be careful: Essential oils are not suitable for infants and very young children. The best thing to do is to ask your pediatrician or pharmacy which oils and vapors are safe for your child.
Home remedies for colds in children
The most common thing for young and old with a stubborn cold is definitely a stuffy nose. Traditional nasal spray is the simplest solution. But a nasal spray based on table salt can also provide natural relief.
At night you can spread essential oils in the nursery by putting a few drops on a damp towel and hanging it up in the room overnight. This avoids direct skin contact, which is often difficult, especially with small children. For small children, a few fresh mint leaves next to the cot can do the same.
A steam bath can also help clear the airways. Simply put hot water in a bowl and add a few drops of oil, e.g. peppermint or eucalyptus (you can also use tea bags or fresh herbs such as rosemary or sage). The child should then hold their head over the bowl, get a towel over their head and inhale the fumes for about 10 minutes. (We only recommend, however, for older children from the age of 10.)
In Russia, parents use household remedies that are somewhat more odorous. You cut up an onion or garlic bulb and place it on a saucer next to the cot. Sometimes they even spread the leeks all over the house.
Important: if your childIf you are allergic, suffer from asthma or neurodermatitis, you should not give him plants or essential oils without the prior consent of your doctor!
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