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Want to use only the best on your baby's delicate skin? Avoid potentially irritating ingredients and chemicals by making your own products at home. Here you will find recipes and tips from moms who, like you, care to use only the purest of ingredients on their baby! Have a natural baby food recipe? E-mail it to me and I will post it up with your credit! contactme@jenniferacasey.ca

4.06.2006

Home Remedies For Babies

Home Remedies for BabiHome Remedies for Babies

By Vivian Gilbert Zabel

NOTE: Before trying any home remedy or across the counter medicine, everyone should first check with a physician, especially when a baby or young child is concerned.

Most parents pick up ideas to help with common ailments that their infants and toddlers may suffer such as diarrhea, constipation, croup, or colic. A few home remedies can increase the child’s comfort level, and at times even eliminate the problem temporarily.

An old Cherokee treatment for diarrhea uses the juice from blackberries. Children old enough to eat solid foods without any trouble and adults can eat the fruit or drink the juice from fresh, frozen, or canned blackberries . Toddlers can drink the juice from canned berries. For infants, a ounce of juice should be mixed with an ounce of water and given the baby in a bottle. Checking with a doctor is advisable if the child might have allergies.

A home remedy for constipation in babies involved using Karo Dark Syrup in water. A tablespoon full to two tablespoons in four ounces warm water, mixed well in a bottle, and fed to the infant usually helps the situation. Again, if the bowels don’t loosen within two days or if the baby has a condition that syrup shouldn’t be used, a doctor should be contacted

A baby or child with croup has a problem breathing, and who panics more, the one who can't breathe or the parent, is rather close in degree. Breathing the warm, moist air from a steaming shower or vaporizer worked with my children, grandchildren, and even adults when the coughing and struggle to breathe arrived. We would rub medicated ointment on the chest and neck and under the nose before sitting with the baby or child in the bathroom, the shower spraying only hot water, causing steam to fill the room. The shower mist seemed to work better than the vaporizer.

Most infants have at least one attack of colic, crying for hours from the pain in their tummies. By filling a hot water bottle about one third full of warm water, placing a towel or receiving blanket over the top of the bottle, and then laying the baby, stomach down, across the bottle, the warmth and slight (but giving) pressure will help to ease the infant’s discomfort.

Other home remedies can be found in family history, on the Internet, and/or in books. Only try those which cannot harm the infant, and then if relief isn’t found within hours or at most two days, contact a physician.


Vivian Gilbert Zabel, an author on http://www.Writing.Com/ and with a portfolio http://www.Writing.Com/authors/vzabel, has books, Hidden Lies and Other Storied and Walking the Earth, through Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com. This article has been submitted in affiliation with http://www.BabyNameVote.Com/ which is a site for Baby Names.


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4.04.2006

Natural Diaper Wipes

Baby Wipes Or Chemical WipesBaby Wipes Or Chemical Wipes?

By Jennifer A. Casey


If you calculate the number of diaper changes you perform in a day, by the number of baby wipes you use at each change, the result is an estimated 4400 wipes per year. Not only can wipes be wasteful to the environment, they also often contain such chemicals as fragrance, chlorine, synthetic preservatives, and dioxin.


Wipes are used, not only for diaper changing, but also to wipe hands and faces, to clean off pacifiers that have fallen onto the street, and to wipe down dirty shopping cart handles. They are terribly convenient, and are an essential in every well-packed diaper bag. The concern is not if you have packed enough for your outing, but what is lurking inside that solution that keeps them nice and moist.



That delicious, fresh baby smell, also known as fragrance or perfume, is found in many brands of baby wipes and is a potential concern. Synthetic fragrances have shown such effects, on baby, as skin irritation, allergic reactions, and headaches. If baby is suffering from eczema, synthetic ingredients can also irritate the issue.



Dioxins, often found in meat and dairy products, are also the by-product of the chlorine bleaching process. The effects of dioxin have shown, by the Environmental Protection Agency, that it is carcinogenic. If you are using baby wipes that are bleached with chlorine, be wary of this toxic chemical.



To avoid having to flush or dispose of wipes, and to eliminate the use of chemicals on your baby’s precious skin, make your own washable wipes! They still fit perfectly into your mini wipes case in your diaper bag, and they can be soaked and washed after use, with your cotton diapers, in vinegar and water. Just as convenient as disposable wipes, but friendlier to the environment and baby’s skin!



Recipe for 100% natural baby wipes solution::
In a measuring cup, combine



· ¼ C warm, purified water

· ¼ C Aloe Vera Juice

· 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

· 1 teaspoon grated, unscented soap

Stir until dissolved. Add:

· 2 Tablespoons Carrier Oil (Calendula, Jojoba, Apricot Kernel)

· Optional: Add up to 4 drops of either or both of Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential oil.

Pour mixture over 15-20 baby facecloths, or 10”x10” cotton flannel squares, in a square plastic baby wipes dispenser. Once container is empty, clean well and repeat!
Launder your used cloths with cotton diapers, or soak separately in a container of water, vinegar and baking soda mixture before washing.



Copyright 2006, Jennifer A. Casey

Author, ‘HOMEMADE BABY: The Guide To Making Your Own Baby Care Essentials. The Natural Way!’ http://www.munchskins.com/book.htm




Jennifer A. Casey has a passion for organic living. She is both the creator of her own line of natural baby care, called MUNCHSKINS Skin Care, as well as the author of her own recipe book for baby's daily essentials, titled 'HOMEMADE BABY: The Guide To Making Your Own Baby Care Essentials. The Natural Way!'. She resides in Vancouver Canada with her husband and two children. http://www.jenniferacasey.ca/homemade.htm


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