At this day and age, there is nothing that medicine cannot fix. But we all agree that sometimes a homemade remedy is better than a million prescriptions. Here are some of our favorite home remedies for teething, cold, cough, colic, diaper rash, and baby eczema.
We do recommend to always consult your pediatrician first.
Home remedies For teething
Every new mum fears teething time. But if you do it right, you and your baby will get through this easily. You can use teething brushes or soothers for your baby’s dental care along with some of our favorite home remedies for teething:
What is so great about teething cookies is that you can control the ingredients and provide for your toddle the best of the best – plus they are super simple. Just mix up 2 cups of oats, a banana, and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil – you can add vanilla or cinnamon if you like. Shape them as you like, place them on a cookie sheet, and throw them in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes then flip them over for 5 more minutes or till they are fully done. Sneak a couple of this tasty treat for yourself!
Place them in a container and store them in your refrigerator. They would last all week long.
Through whatever fresh fruits you have into a blender, add orange juice for vitamin C, and blend. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and pop them in the freezer. This is the perfect treat for teething toddler as the coolness will help reduce teething pains and keep the swelling down.
We love NutriBullet High-Speed Blender as it includes containers to ease pouring the delicious mixture into the popsicle molds.
Chamomile is a great natural relaxer for nerves and soothing pains. Boil a couple of tablespoons of chamomile flower in water, leave it to cool down and rub your baby’s gums with the tea. You can also freeze them in ice trays for a frozen treat.
Home remedies For cold and cough
With winter coming up, we need to take precautions to avoid colds and coughs. However, keep in mind those remedies just in case:
Turmeric is antiviral and antibacterial which makes it great to relieve cold symptoms. Make the rub by mixing tumeric powder with water and apply it over your baby’s nose to provide relief. Just remember to avoid applying it inside your baby’s nose.
Hot steam helps loosen the mucus and relieve the baby from congestion. Run a hot shower till your bathroom is filled with steam, and sit your baby in the steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure your baby is hydrated well before and after sitting in the steam.
Humidifiers are also great after a good steam treatment.
Get one tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a cup of warm water, and a spoon of natural honey and pour the mixture into your toddler’s sippy cup. Lemons are known as a great remedy for colds, and this mixture will help sooth your toddler’s cough especially during sleeptime.
Also remember to ensure maximum rest for a quick recovery.
Home remedies For colic
When babies arch their back, clench their fists, tighten the stomach muscles it means that they might have colic. While you can use special bottles and drops to cure colic, you can also try those remedies for your toddler:
Grapes are a great source of minerals and vitamins for your toddler. They include vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and lots of water so your baby stays hydrated. All of this helps strengthen your baby’s digestion and immunity. Just make sure you cut and remove the seeds before feeding you baby grapes.
There is no debate that carrots are one of the best home remedies for colic. Whether you juice carrots or steam them, they will contribute to your baby’s health and relief. If you choose to steam carrots, we recommend Tommee Tippee’s Baby Food Steamer and Blender for a quick steamed meal in no time.
-Apple Cider Vinegar
While this is a great home remedy for colic, we do note that you need to be careful and only use it when your baby is over 6 months old. In general, apple cider vinegar is great for the digestive system. It includes great quality acids which help curing colic, yeast infection, reflux, and thrush. All you gotta do is mix a tablespoon with a cup or more of warm water and it will do the trick.
Home remedies For diaper rash
This irritation that occurs in the diaper-clad areas is such a nightmare! You can use creams such as Chicco’s Nappy Cream, and you can make these great home remedies.
We recommend trying those remedies on small areas first to avoid an allergic reaction.
-Baking soda and warm water
Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 4 cups of warm water – and make sure it is mixed well. Then wash the rashed area softly. Baking soda – or sodium bicarbonate – helps eliminate the bacteria which caused this rash in the first place.
Plain yogurt can work in two different ways. One is to feed your baby yogurt – that is if solid food is an option. Two, is to simply apply a thick layer of yogurt over the rashed area. You can mix cornstarch with the cold yogurt for a firm texture. We recommend yogurt because it is anti-inflammatory meaning that it cools down the skin and reduces irritation. A side tip, it is great for sunburns as well.
We already know how nutritious breastfeeding is for babies. But not everyone know that applying a few drops of breastmilk on rashed areas and letting it dry will help healing them.
Home remedies For baby Eczema
Baby eczema is common in families with a history of this skin condition. Don’t worry, you can create these remedies to reduce itchiness and irritation:
When running a bath for your baby, grab a cup of oats, place them in a nylon sock, and hang it under the tap in which the water will go through the oats before filling the tub. Bathe your baby in the cloudy water for 10 to 15 minutes, then pat dry your baby and moisturize. This can be done twice a day.
Place a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil in the palm of your hands, warm it by rubbing your hands together, and massage your baby’s skin gently. Leave the oil on your baby’s skin to absorb it. Repeat this a few times a day as you see fit.
Peel a very ripe baba, and use the inner moist side of the banana peel to rub onto your baby’s skin. You can also repeat this as many times you see fit.
We remind you again to try these remedies on small areas and see how your baby reacts to it, and if all goes well, apply it to larger areas.
Keep in mind that these remedies work for both kids and adults, and some of them are inherited from our own mothers and grandmothers. But do keep in check with your pediatrician just to be safe!