Out of body mom experience, anyone?
Not the kind where you look at yourself and think, “Uh oh, that’s a little more pudge than I used to have…and that part is getting pretty saggy…and is that a gray hair??!!”
No, the kind where you hear your own voice through the ears of someone else and realize you aren’t quite like the rest of the world.
We had an exceptionally healthy winter last year, praise be to God, but there was a week when a few kids started getting their first dripping noses and coughs, and I had one of those moments. I stepped out of myself and looked at the scene and thought: “This is not how colds go in most American households.”
I guarantee my “mom phrases” aren’t average!
I’ve talked about all sorts of natural home remedies over the years on KS, and some of my most popular posts in the search engines are specific topics like croup, pneumonia, ear infections, parasites, warts, candida and natural antibiotic options.
There are so many very specific resources packed in there that I thought you might like a little peek at our natural remedies to have on hand when someone is just “getting sick” with a minor cold, tummy ache or flu-ish symptoms.
“Mommy, My _______ Hurts”
That phrase is one of my least favorite to hear, don’t you agree? (I suppose, “There’s a fire in the kitchen,” “I see poop on the floor,” and “_______ just threw up!” are all up there pretty high too, now that I start thinking of things I don’t want to hear my kids say!)
My throat hurts…
My tummy hurts…
My head hurts…
And the dreaded ominous cough or drippy nose that means a cold just entered your house through the little ones who are bound to spread it far and wide…
What’s the first line of defense?
Pretty much no matter what is wrong with a child, I do these 2 things first:
- Let’s get a drink of water. (Helps if there are any psychological aspect to the “hurt” – I watch them carefully for demeanor. If they smile or speak brightly and happily at all, it’s probably nothing much.)
- Take some probiotics. For whatever ails you, getting some “good guys” in there right away to fight off any possible infection is a great idea. You can read about the one our family has opted for (the kids take the liquid, and I have been too recently just because it’s so much easier), and if you really want to learn more about it, there’s a 90-minute teleseminar with me and the creator of the product HERE.
You can’t really “overdose” on probiotics, so kids or adults get a second spoonful even if they’ve already had some that morning.
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Next Step: Get to the Root of the Problem
Once we’ve done the drink/probie treatment (my 3yo coined that term as “probiotics” isn’t the easiest word to say!), then it’s time to think about cause and prevention.
For colds and sniffles
1. Scout Out by TriLight Health is an herbal tincture with antibacterial properties. We’ll wait 30 minutes after the probie and then have some Scout Out. This goes for everyone in the house as a preventative measure for spreading!
2. For myself, I sip some apple cider vinegar water (2 capfuls in a glass of water with ice and a few drops of liquid stevia) any time I get a little tickle or think someone else is going to get me sick, but no one else will tolerate that.
3. Sometimes I’ll do antibacterial/antiviral essential oils in a carrier oil on the feet or diffused into the air. I just got some thyme oil after writing this post on the potentials harms of EOs and realizing that the germ-fighting blends might not be the best thing for little ones, especially with a baby in the house if I’m talking about diffusing. (Plant Therapy has a new “Kid Safe” line with a germ fighting blend, too – on my wish list!)
For sore throats and coughs
1. Scout Out is again step one.
2. Lympha Rub by TriLight Health is our “magic drops” for coughs that are keeping kids up at night. One drop on the back of the throat for kids over 5 almost always works (but sadly did not recently for my 10yo, one of the first times it’s ever failed). Lympha Rub also can be rubbed on the necks of kids over 2 or so for congestion/coughs.
3. Gargling with warm salt water is a great sore throat aid.
4. Propolis is another weapon against sore throats and infections – 5-6 drops held in the throat for as long as possible before swallowing. This has become my go-to this fall simply because it’s by far the easiest and quickest.
For tummy aches
1. “Go potty, get a bucket and lie down to rest!” We keep it pretty simple for tummy aches, but there are a few medicine cabinet items that help beyond resting.
2. Probiotics back again.
3. Redmond Clay mixed in water can settle a tummy pretty well
It’s kind of amazing to me the number of resources at my disposal, the tools I can pull out to help my family feel better and fight sick bugs, and how different my “medicine cabinet” looks compared to that of my childhood (and most other homes in America).
I think it’s kind of cool, and it’s very empowering to feel like I at least have a handle on initially helping my kids through their ickies (although I am the first to admit that my natural remedies don’t work 100% of the time and I may need to rely on professional medical help for bigger issues).
Check it out – want a tour of my kitchen and bathrooms? I video taped it all a few months ago to show you what I REALLY use out of all those product reviews I’ve done over the years!