Posted on 12 January 2012.
When it comes to a young infant, parents want to do everything they can for them with they catch a cold. If that baby is unlucky enough to catch a cold during cold season moms and dads will go nuts trying to stop their baby's suffering. The solution is usually hard to find as most over the counter cough and cold medicine isn't recommended for children up to age six. The solution is natural baby cold remedies.
Just so you know, there are products on the market for infants older than 3 months old, such as Vicks Babyrub Soothing Aroma Ointment and Little Colds Baby Rub, to help soothe cold symptoms like congestion.
Non-Medicated Formulas to Soothe
When massaged onto your infant's neck, chest and back, these non-medicated baby rubs help to comfort and soothe cold symptoms.
We prefer Little Colds Baby Rub over Vicks because of the "fragrance" that is undisclosed in Vicks' ingredients. The added benefits of peppermint leaf extract and coconut oil pushed us even further in favor of Little Colds.
Vicks: petrolatum, fragrance, aloe extract, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil
Little Colds: petrolatum, eucalyptus oil, coconut oil, rosemary leaf oil, peppermint leaf extract and lavender oil
What if the baby is younger than 3 months?
This is where nursing moms have a secret weapon. They can use the baby rub on themselves, and baby will breathe it in while breastfeeding. That's right.
You'll place a little rub above where your baby attaches to nurse, being sure they won't be mouthing this area. And when baby is nursing they will be breathing in the relaxing scent of the different essential oils known to help relieve congestion.
This is very helpful when your baby has a stuffy nose and is having trouble latching to eat as they cannot breath.
This information is intended to help you stay better informed of natural health care. The information presented gives general advice on baby health care and you should consult your doctor for individual needs.
Posted in Baby, Health, Kids, Lifestyle
Posted on 29 September 2010.
Pregnancy brings some serious physical changes to a woman's body, especially her breasts. If you're currently pregnant or have ever been pregnant you've probably noticed a metamorphosis in your bra cups or the darkening of your areolas. These are only the visible changes taking place; many more are taking place inside a pregnant woman's breasts. In fact, a woman's milk duct system will be fully developed about the time of your second trimester. This makes it possible to breast feed even if your baby arrives earlier than expected.
Breast milk is the absolute best food you can give your newborn. A complete food source containing at least 400 nutrients your baby needs, many that aren't found in formula.
An intimate bond is created between mother and child when nursing. Infants should be introduced to breast feeding within an hour of delivery. Even though the mature milk has yet to develop, colostrum is present. Colostrum is a substance that helps protect a newborn from infections.
Don't panic if your newborn is finding trouble latching on correctly. Not all women adjust to breast feeding easily. Breast feeding is truly an art and will require a lot of patience on your end. This is truly a practice makes perfect activity. Your baby's mouth should cover most of your areola below the nipple, and the nipple should be far back into your baby's mouth.
Breast feeding shouldn't be painful, so pay attention to how your breasts feel. You can always break the suction and try again. Slide your finger inside your infant's mouth to break the suction, never pull the nipple out of their mouth.
Nurse on demand and frequently. The more you nurse the faster your mature milk will come in and the more milk you'll produce. Aim for breast feeding at least 8 to 10 times every 24 hours, spending about 10 to 15 minutes per breast each time. This might mean you have to wake your baby to begin breast feeding during the first few days, especially if it has been four hours since the last time they were fed.
Breast feedings can take 40 minutes or longer, so get comfortable before starting. The last thing you'll want is to be distracted or have to readjust. For comfort you can try a nursing pillow to help support your baby.
The important thing to remember is not to get discouraged. Breast feeding will take practice and patience. Take it one feeding at a time. The more you breast feed, the more you'll learn.
Posted in Baby, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition
Posted on 14 September 2010.
The most important thing you can do to promote your newborn’s good health is free. Breast milk is a powerhouse of nutrition for your new baby and will save you money. No need to buy formula. Another money saver is lower medical bills as most breast fed babies get sick less frequently and less seriously than formula fed infants. Less ear infections and respiratory infections make a happier baby and mother.
Containing all the right vitamins and minerals your infant needs, breast milk is truly a superstar. Scientists keep trying to create the perfect synthetic replica of human breast milk for infants, and keep falling short. There are hundreds of compounds that support brain growth, digestion and the immune system while others fight infections that science simply cannot copy. And in the search for creating these scientific replications scientists are continually learning just how perfect breast milk is for babies.
Some of the long term benefits of breast feeding your baby include a reduced risk of obesity, allergies, asthma and some forms of childhood cancer. Studies are even proving that breast fed babies tend to be smarter than infants fed with formula.
Surprisingly breast feeding is also beneficial for the mother. Breast feeding releases hormones that help the mother’s uterus shrink back to normal size while also curbing blood loss after delivery. Another advantage of breast feeding is the burning of calories. Not only are you shedding baby weight faster, but you are creating a very special bond with your child. One of the long term advantages includes a lower risk for premenopausal breast cancer. Benefits begin to show within three to six months of breast feeding and will gradually increase when breast feeding is continued.
With the importance of breast feeding on an infant's life it's surprising that "globally less than 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed." (World Health Organization)
Posted in Baby, Health, Lifestyle