Parenthood will give you a lot of happy and proud moments. You will get to hold and love on a happy bouncy baby. Through the journey of getting to know your little baby, you will most likely encounter times when your baby isn’t feeling good and it’s a little under the weather. Most of the time the ailments will be nothing to worry about and you will just have to be ready to give extra attention and care to your baby.
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A healing touch
Touch is one of the most basic things you can do to comfort your baby while she is dealing with any type of ailment. Holding and rocking your baby will help her feel secured loved. You can boost the soothing energy of touch by holding your baby skin to skin. The skin contact between you and your baby will help regulate her heartbeat and breathing. She will hear the comforting sound of your heartbeat. It has also been proven that skin to skin contact can help stabilize body temperature.
A baby carrier can become your best friend when you have a sick baby! This option is great because it allows you to go hand-free while still catering to your baby’s needs.
An amber necklace
Teething necklaces have become popular baby accessories. They are one of the first things that come to mind when you think of natural teething remedies. The healing effects of the amber necklaces go beyond helping your baby get through teething. The amber has a positive effect on the whole body. The outer layer of the amber beads has the most concentration of a natural oil called succinic acid. This oil has beneficial properties that help reduce inflammation, pain, stress and it helps the body heal faster. The oil is released through contact with the skin, that is why is so important for your baby to wear the necklace as often as possible. It does have to be removed during bath, bed or nap times.
Herbs have always been known for their medicinal properties. They are usually consumed as a tea but they can be used as tinctures or concentrates. Glycerin herbal tinctures are great remedies to deal with acute illnesses. Herbs such as chamomile, fennel and lemon balm are top choices to deal with an uncomfortable baby. Teas can be given to babies 6 months and older. Make sure to not give honey to babies under 1 year of age.
If you notice that your baby has the sniffles or a runny nose you might want to try a detox bath. This bath stimulates the body to release toxins and speed up healing. Magnesium flakes or Epsom salts are a must have ingredient for a detox bath. These help increase the magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium helps the body heal from illnesses, decreases stress levels and promotes good sleep. The following are part of a detox bath protocol:
- Add ¼ of a cup of baking soda to the bath water. Let it sit for 2-5 minutes in order to neutralize the chlorine.
- Mix ½ cup of magnesium flakes, 1 tbs of coconut oil and 2-10 drops of lavender essential oil (optional) in a container. Go ahead in add it to the bath
- Try to let you and your child soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes.
- Nurse your baby throughout the bath or make sure they have a bottle after the bath. It’s important to keep hydrated before and after the bath
- Do not use any soap or shampoo.
- Relax and enjoy the bonding time with your baby.