Natural ways to care for your baby

IMG_0161I’ve been called a hippie mom and I’m alright with that! I don’t go overboard…I don’t think, maybe I do to some parents. I’ve just done a lot of research and it’s utterly ludicrous what’s allowed to be in our food, household items, beauty supplies, etc. With babies you can’t use much medicine anyway so it’s definitely worth giving essential oils a shot if your little one is sick. Liam had a cold and a runny nose recently so I was introduced to essential oils through my mom and we used them on him. I can’t say for sure how much it worked but I know I wouldn’t have been able to do give him medicine anyway so I believe it was beneficial for him. His cold never got severe and he was able to sleep through all his naps and through the night even also drank all his milk during feeding times even though he was congested and had a cough. We put Eucalyptus and Breathe (DoTerra oil) in Liam’s vaporizer to help him breathe better while he slept. If you use vicks you have to make sure to use it on kids I believe that are 2 and up. It says on the bottle. The problem is parents use it on little ones and their airways are smaller so it affects them more and causes complications. Orajel, Johnson & Johnson, and even Hylands (which is homeopathic) all have been recalled or have had some serious controversy surrounding them. I know death has even been mentioned in the Orajel issue. It’s so sad that parents can’t really trust products now in days. I still would go the homeopathic route any day though over using other methods. I will post later on a teething product that I use that definitely works and is all natural! Okay now to the good stuff! I found this info on a flier that came with our DoTerra oils and it was very useful for me so I figured I would share it.

COLDS: Diffuse 2 drops of melaleuca, lemon,  or lavender at bedtime and again during the day. Mix 1 drop melaleuca, lemon, or lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil; use a small amount to massage upper chest and back at each diaper change.

COLIC: Mix 1 drop lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops onto the abdomen, stroking clockwise to follow the direction of the colon.

CONGESTION: For relief during daytime hours, diffuse 1 drop lavender or melaleuca.

COUGH: Mix 1 drop lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Rub a small amount on chest and back.

CRADLE CAP: Combine 2 Tablespoons almond oil with 1 drop of lemon and 1 drop of geranium. Apply a small amount of this blend on the baby’s head.

CRYING: Place a drop of lavender or Roman chamomile on a tissue (or rub on your hands) and the let infant smell the oil. Do not let the baby touch the oil.

DIARRHEA: Mix 1 drop Roman chamomile with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Gently massage 2-3 drops onto the abdomen, stroking clockwise to follow the direction of the colon.

DIAPER RASH: Combine 1 drop German chamomile and 1 drop lavender with 1 drop whole milk. Add the mixture to bath water, and swish around with hand before bathing the baby. Keep oils from the baby’s eyes and face.

FEVER: Mix 1 drop lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Apply a small amount on the bottoms of the feet, the back of the neck, and behind the ears. Cover the feet with socks so the baby won’t get essential oils in his or her mouth.

JAUNDICE: Mix 1 drop geranium with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and to liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hour of before or after UVA light treatment.

TEETHING: Mix 1 drop Roman chamomile or lavender with 1 Tablespoon carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage the outside of the face along the jawline.

ESSENTIAL OILS MOST COMMONLY RECOMMENDED FOR BABIES: grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, melaleuca, orange, petitgrain, Roman chamomile, tangerine, and neroli.

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