Having a newborn baby can throw tricky new challenges at you every day. Here are a list of common problems that your baby may suffer from, and awesome natural ways to combat them.
You have ridden the roller coaster that is pregnancy and come out the
other side with a healthy happy baby, so now you stand strong and ready for
what mothering a newborn can mean.
Surely your baby can’t get that sick, right? If you keep him away from
germs and sick people as much as you can and only use the highest quality
formula and baby lotion then it should be all smooth sailing from here, right?
Having a newborn baby can throw tricky new challenges at you every day.
No matter how hard you try to keep your baby free from irritation or infection,
things just don’t ever seem to go according to plan with a baby.
You would be better prepared to admit to yourself that your uncommon
baby will unfortunately suffer from common baby ailments from time to time, and
have a few natural products on hand just in case.
Here are a list of common problems that your baby may suffer from, and
awesome natural ways to combat them. Ensuring that you have these natural
options handy means you are always exposing your precious little one to the
gentlest, most organic choice for his tiny sensitive little body.
Research shows that over 40% of babies have trouble sleeping and don’t
really settle well until they are six months old. Even if you keep your baby
away from every possible illness he can get, he still may have a lot of trouble
going to sleep or staying asleep, basically because babies don’t automatically
know how to do this and have to learn. Some natural ways you can help your baby
to sleep include:
Have some aromatherapy essence sprinkled
around bubs’ room like on the curtains or on stuffed toys not on the bed;
lavender is particularly good for helping with sleep
Get your baby outside in the fresh
air and sunshine as much as you can during the day to give him a clear
understanding of day and night
Gentle massage with olive
oil or coconut oil and a couple of drops of lavender can help him settle for
Especially if your baby has older siblings who go to school or kinder, he
will be exposed to colds and other very annoying viruses. There are lots of
gentle, natural things you can use to help relieve your baby’s distress from
the cold and make everybody’s life just a little bit easier, such as:
Placed a sliced onion on a plate
nearish to your baby’s head. You might not love the smell, but the onion
can draw the mucus out and help to break up congestion
Place an humidifier in the room
to help clear the nose and throat, but steer clear of using eucalyptus in the
steam as you would for older children. Ingesting eucalyptus oil is not really
good for little babies.
You could also fill your
bathroom with steam, or take your baby in the shower with you for a while
Use a natural salt spray to clear
his tiny blocked nostrils; Fess is a good one
If you are breastfeeding make
sure you gets lots of Vitamin C so that you can pass the benefits onto bubs
Very slightly elevate one end of
his mattress to encourage the mucus to move down out of his head. The
easiest way to do this is put a pillow or cushion underneath the top end of his
In photos babies seem to have the most divine, blemish free skin, but
it’s actually far more common for little ones to be covered in spots and scabs.
Things like eczema require very gentle treatment on your baby’s sensitive skin,
so fortunately there are some great natural remedies for itchiness, such as:
Instead of soap or any kind of bathing lotion, it is best if you just give your baby a soak in a bath mixed with
a cup of salt or ground up oatmeal. Another good bath you can try is just sprinkle
in some olive oil like a little baby salad dressing.
Rub olive oil gently into cradle
cap spots and eczema crusts to remove them
Rub coconut oil onto cradle cap
and leave it to soak in for twenty minutes, then rinse and remove yukky
crusts and flakes
Soak a washcloth in chamomile
tea and hold this on the most itchy parts to remove inflammation
Ugh. There is literally nothing you can do to avoid this common baby
ailment. It’s got nothing to do with the quality of nappies you use, or if you
are a cloth or disposable mum. The properties of wee just make it irritating on
that gorgeous little tushie, but one incredible treatment option is the amazing
Coconut oil is a wonderful
natural barrier cream and treatment for nappy rash. It has magical
antibacterial and antifungal properties and has a lovely moisturizing effect on
young skin. Read more on ways to deal with baby nappy rashes here.
You will find you will do almost anything to ease the pain of teething,
because it goes on for months and seems especially bad in the tiny hours of the
morning. This is where chamomile tea can come in handy once again, both for
your baby, and makes a soothing hot cup for you too.
Again soak a washcloth in cold
chamomile tea and then give it to your baby to suck on to relieve pain from
A high fever in your infant can strike fear into the heart of any new
parent, but a fever is actually very common, and most of the time does not need
medical treatment. To cool your little one down you just need a lovely lemon on
Slice a lemon into hot water and then let it cool. Give your baby a sponge bath in the cool lemon water; the
combination of the cool water and the extra special cooling properties of lemon
Colic and reflux and other sorts of gassiness
Much the same as they aren’t born knowing how to sleep, babies aren’t
born knowing how to poop. They have to figure out which muscles to squeeze and
how exactly to work food and gas through their new digestive systems which can
cause them a lot of baby sized discomfort. In the meantime, you can help with
their distress with the following home remedies:
Again, propping up one end of
your baby’s mattress can help with gas and digestion problems
Massage on your baby’s back
can help, or cycling his legs up to his chest and then out to the side like
Feed your baby diluted prune or
Make a warm compress by soaking
a washcloth in chamomile tea. Then hold it against your baby’s tummy and
abdomen to give some relief.
If you are breastfeeding, there may be foods you eat that don’t really
agree with your baby. You could try
restricting certain things from your diet and see if anything gives a good
result. Possible culprits could be:
oFruit that’s high in fibre
oGreen leafy vegetables
oCoffee (I’m really very sorry)
Gentle on your baby; but not a substitute for proper
medical care and advice
Natural remedies are amazing and handy, and generally can be fantastic
for your little one. If they are not helping however, or if your baby is in
real distress, don’t rely on the alternative therapies; see your family doctor
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