Alternative Remedies

Homeopathic remedies

Homeopathy is based on the idea that the body can heal itself if it is stimulated with remedies that trigger the body’s natural healing system. Homeopathic treatments involve highly diluted substances that treat like with like, which is similar to giving a very mild vaccine. My only personal experience with homeopathic remedies was to use homeopathic tablets when my children were teething. Consult a licensed practitioner for using these remedies for your child.

Bach flower remedies

Bach flower remedies are safe, natural healing methods discovered by Edward Bach, MD in England between 1920 and 1930. The remedies are made from wildflowers, and the primary mixture, Rescue Remedy, was created to help people cope with emergencies and crises. Rescue Remedy is a natural stress reliever that is safe for children. It can help your child deal with everyday fears, worries, self-esteem issues, irritability, anger, shyness, and self-acceptance. Because children have not had many years of emotional imbalances, they respond quickly to Bach flower remedies.

The original Bach flower remedies are preserved in brandy, but an alcohol-free mixture is available for children. For babies between 6 and 18 months, put one drop of Rescue Remedy in ½ cup of water, and give the mixture to your child to sip throughout the day. For an older child, you can place one or two drops directly on her tongue.

Bach Rescue Cream is helpful for external traumas and conditions, such as blows, rashes, burns, bruises, cuts, sprains, dry skin, and diaper rash. Apply it to the wrist, neck, ankles, or other areas with thin skin. Other Bach remedies are best administered with a trained and qualified practitioner.

Chinese herbs

Chinese herbs are used with the same understanding of energetic balance, including yin and yang, that is used with acupuncture. Certain Chinese herbal formulations can help restore balance to your baby’s body systems. Chinese herbal medicine is gentle and effective in treating babies and young children, and they usually respond and recover quickly. Very strong herbs are not recommended, however. Children require the same formulas as adults, in smaller doses. The easiest way to give your young child Chinese herbs is to administer them in liquid form with a pediatric syringe.

I did not give Chinese herbs to my children when they were small, but [my daughter] Mari uses them regularly with her son, Zo. I recommend consulting a licensed practitioner to get Chinese herbs for your baby or child.

Did you use alternative remedies at home? Share your experience with other parents and caregivers in the comments below!
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