Many parents have reservations about the vitamin K shot, which is normally given just after birth. Most often this is due to concerns about preservatives or other ingredients in the shot, discomfort about giving their children a needle stick, or both. For parents hoping to forego this early intervention, are there other options out there?
Natural Remedies for Croup
Croup is a type of cough many kids will have at least once before they turn 5 years old. It is a scary but usually harmless illness, and there are lots of natural remedies to help your little one feel better quickly (and help everyone get to sleep again!).
Most of the time a case of croup starts as just a regular cold or a mild flu. A few days into their sickness your child may lie down and start a loud, raspy, barking cough, possibly with some gasping or wheezing in between. This unusual sounding cough is caused by a swelling of the windpipe and is what’s often describes as the “seal bark cough.”
6 Natural Remedies for Childhood Eczema
Eczema and other itchy, crusty rashes can make a kid’s life pretty miserable. It’s hard to watch your little one always scratching, especially if their skin gets so bad that it cracks and bleeds, or gets red and irritated with infection.
Often a pediatric dermatologist will have little to offer parents other than a topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone. This may stop a flare up in the moment, but it doesn't fix the root cause of the issue.
Many parents get tired of the cycle of eczema flares, topical steroid creams, symptom relief, then right back into another flare-up, and worry about how topical steroids will affect their children in the long run.
Ending the cycle of eczema flares requires taking a look at what may be causing the rash to break out in the first place, in addition to offering relief for symptoms in the moment. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine can offer a great deal of help for children dealing with this itchy, painful condition.
Could Leaky Gut Be Causing Your Immune Symptoms?
Leaky gut syndrome is a disorder that can cause any number of immune symptoms, from mild issues like seasonal allergies and eczema to more serious conditions like multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.
So what exactly is leaky gut, and how does it happen?
Why Does My Baby Pull Away While Breastfeeding?
Having your baby pull away while feeding can feel very stressful. You may worry that she is not getting enough to eat, or even feel rejected, or as if you are doing something wrong. Frequent pulling away can result in shorter feeding times, causing babies to wake often in the night or increase fussiness during the day.
Pulling away can even cause some parents to think that their babies are no longer interested in breastfeeding, as if they are weaning themselves. While this may occasionally be true, there are many other reasons your baby might be fussing or pulling away during feeding. Your baby may be distracted by something as simple as fast or slow letdown, needing to be burped, or a poor latch. Teething or a stuffy nose can keep your baby from feeding as he normally would. However, a common cause of frequent pulling away while feeding which is often overlooked by first-time (or even experienced) parents is oral candida, also known as thrush.
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