Using botanicals with infants requires more caution. The tincture doses are much less due to their body weight. Please see the dosing above.
To administer a tincture to an infant, you can add tinctures to a bottle or place them in 1/3 cup of water. Use a syringe or straw to make sure your child gets the full amount.
I wouldn’t use essential oils with children until they are 3 months of age. If you choose to, please use caution.
Make sure you only use 1 drop per 1 tbs. of oil. They should be very diluted and avoid the eyes, ears, and any openings in the body. Never ingest essential oils with infants. (Unless advised by a professional as they are very estrogenic.)
Home remedies for a cough with toddlers
Toddlers are a little easier, as they love anything new and fun. I would add tinctures to their Sippy cup, use a syringe, or sip out of a fun cup with a straw.
When using botanicals and homeopathy with children it is very important you’re choosing the right herb (or homeopathic treatment) and the correct dosing for their symptoms. With a combined effort of diet, teas, and rest your child will be able to become resilient through the years.
As a new mom of twins, waking to the sound of croup was so terrifying.
The classic ringing, barking cough created fear throughout the home and always at midnight!
You can stop the croup fast, with these homeopathic remedies.
What is croup?
Croup is an inflammation of the larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), and sometimes the bronchi (the air passages between the throat and the lung).
It usually accompanies a mild upper respiratory infection and the child wakes with a dry, barking, ringing cough. When this ringing, barking cough subsides, the common cold usually follows.
Croup typically strikes children between the ages of two and four and startles your deep sleep between 12-2 am.
I’ve found, that homeopathy is the fastest way to stop a croup cough in the middle of the night.
You should only need the first remedy, Aconite, to stop the croup, but you may want to have the other remedies on hand in case the cough continues into the morning.
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Homeopathic Remedies for a Croup Cough – See where to purchase below
Aconite (Aconitum Napellus)-30C
Take Aconite 30c at the onset of croup if your child has these symptoms.
Here the cough is dry, loud, and barking and the child is exceedingly restless and anxious- usually, awakes in the middle of the night between 12-2 am.
They are better off open-air and often, thirsty. These symptoms are the very picture of Aconite. If, after an hour, symptoms persist, give a second dose of Aconite. This is usually all that is needed. The child should be sleeping by now.
Spongia (Spongia Tosta)- 30C
If, however, after another hour, your child’s breathing is harsh and hard and the barking, ringing cough continues, give Spongia 30c.
The throat is sensitive to touch; a cough sounds like a saw driven through a board, and there is dryness in all air passages.
Also, the child is warm and is worse at swallowing.
The last potential solution you may need would be:
Hepar Sulph. (Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum)-30C
If toward morning, the coughing continues and breathing is still not smooth and easy, give Hepar Sulphuris 30C.
Here the cough is loose and rattling and deeper toned, and they have a dry, hoarse cough.
The child is irritable and chilly.
They feel like the wind is blowing on some part of their body and may want to wrap their head up or put on a hat.
Watch this video for the morning croup cough.
When the cough has ceased, continue with tinctures for the common cold
Homeopathy is safe and gentle when following these guidelines.
Here are some tips:
Take one dose of 30C when you first hear a croup cough. 30C is a safe potency for children. Please do not purchase anything higher unless suggested by a professional.
Wait 20 minutes and notice any changes.
If the child is not asleep, give a second dose
At this point, the child should be sleeping
If they are not sleeping, see the remedy for Spongia Tosta.
Whenever using homeopathic medicine follow the rules of “like cures like.” #1 You are watching the child for any unusual symptoms #2 Your write down anything you see or hear #3 You only give the treatment when your symptoms match the remedy. #4 STOP giving doses when the child’s energy shifts, they look better, sound better or maybe they begin to drink water or eat something.
Homeopathy is the fastest, safest way to stop a croup cough in 20-minutes. I know it may be scary at first, but with practice, you’ll discover homeopathic medicine is the safest medicine for our children. Along with herbs to soothe their cold, your child will be better in no time. As always, consult your doctor if the remedies do not work or your child has a high fever.
Certified women’s herbal educator, Tara Gregorio is helping moms all around the world build an apothecary of remedies to reduce medications all year. See her online courses: https://taragregorio.com/online-courses/
Be honest. You’re wondering why everyone is gluten and/or dairy-free.
Why do some people have trouble digesting these foods or others have no problem.
What if your child was able to eat these foods again, without digestive pain?
And should this be a concern of yours?
Think about this for a moment. Your child is exposed to more chemicals and antibiotics than you ever were.
Do you ever wonder if it is affecting their health?
Here’s the thing, there are medications affecting your child’s gut health.
4 Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome In Kids:
#4 Acid reducing medication
What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?
“Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to “leak” through the intestinal wall.”
But hang on, why is this a concern for us?
When you have Leaky Gut, you are at an increased risk for food sensitivity and food allergies.
What exactly is a food sensitivity?
A food sensitivity:
typically causes a less severe reaction
they may have an ongoing/undiagnosed cough
usually causes digestive problems
your child’s skin may break out after they eat
dairy and gluten may be the top sensitive foods for them
A true food allergy causes:
an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body
it can cause a range of symptoms
in some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening
you would NEVER re-introduce this food into your child’s diet!!!
The 4R approach may reduce your child’s reaction to their allergy but you would never re-introduce the food to them again unless under a doctor’s supervision
But don’t forget, you can heal your child’s gut with the 4R approach below.
Does my child need to heal their gut? Do they have these symptoms?
Leaky Gut Syndrome Symptoms
Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
Poor immune system
Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
Cravings for sugar or carbs
Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, bad behavior at school
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac
Allergies, Asthma, & Eczema
Cheeks get red easily
If your child has some of these symptoms, they may have Leaky Gut Syndrome and may need the 4R approach. Take this questionnaire to see if your child needs to heal their gut. 👇
Leaky Gut Syndrome Test
How? Let me explain.
How to improve digestion in toddlers & big kids?
It’s a method that addresses the underlying causes of gut imbalances and restores harmony, helping to alleviate symptoms and maybe even disease for our children. The program suggests you: Remove> Reinoculate> Repair> Reintroduce
How do you heal your child’s gut?
Promote healthy evacuation daily with fiber, fruit, vegetables, and water
Try an elimination diet for 2-3 weeks if symptoms persist, you may want to try the 4R approach
Remove all triggers: i.e. all allergens and cross reactors like gluten and dairy
Get off medications (with Dr.’s approval and replace with natural remedies )
Reduce your child’s stress with reading, being outside, and adding herbal teas
Heal their gut lining with the 4R approach below
NEVER re-introduce foods that cause a true allergic reaction
Keep in mind.
This program is most successful when the whole family agrees to participate. So, what are the steps?
Leaky Gut Supplements
The 4R approach for children
Take out what ails them
Remove the top allergens for your child including wheat, corn, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and soybeans.
Add in whole grains (like quinoa and rice), organic vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats.
Remove all allergens for 4-6 weeks or it may take up to a year to heal their gut with an auto-immune disease.
Encourage whole, organic foods if able.
This is the hardest part to do with small kids. It helps if the whole house works together.
Plan ahead. Print recipes, go grocery shopping, be prepared for meltdowns:)
Wait 2 weeks for the elimination diet or up to 6 weeks. Adding in a probiotic can give you gas and bloating if you do not remove the allergens first and start with digestive enzymes.
Look for probiotics with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species.
For older kids, they can incorporate fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, and kimchee 3-4x week.
Although very delicious, kombucha can be high in sugar so consider using it sparingly.
Include the following supplements for 6-weeks or more to repair your child’s gut. Dosing depends on your child’s age. The following supplements can be taken for up to 6 months to help to heal the intestinal lining:
In short, if your child is struggling with food sensitivities and you find you’re avoiding foods, there is hope. The 4R approach is more than an elimination diet. The 4R approach can heal your child’s digestive tract, reduce bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation for years to come, and reduce their risk of autoimmune disease as well.
>>>>>P.S. Ready to learn more? Grab this FREE gut health questionnaire; perfect for kids age 2+.
Obsessed with natural remedies, Tara Gregorio is a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator located in Cold Spring, NY. She loves helping women reduce their medications with botanicals. Her favorite herbal recipes can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. https://taragregorio.com/
Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) or Asteraceae Anthemis nobiles (Roman Chamomile)
Chamomile calms the spirit and is the number one botanical for both mom and baby. As a nervine, it will soothe anxiety and restlessness. It calms digestion and soothes nervous stomachs. It also can treat fevers, colds, flu, and headaches and relieve cramps from birth or menses. This botanical is safe and calming and one of the best herbs for crying, restless babies. Use it in the baby’s bathwater to clear up diaper rash, heal wounds or cuts.
Fennel seeds are warming and a little spicy; aiding gas and bloating for both mom and baby. Mom can eat them directly, if feeling bloated, and make a cup of colic tea to feed to the baby by dropperful throughout the day. This after-meal tea can ease gas, indigestion, abdominal pain, and spasms.
Known as the gladdening herb, Lemon balm lifts the spirits, and as a carminative; it aids digestion and relieves gas. The yummy lemony taste is well-loved by both women and children and when your little one is old; make a cup of Lemon balm tea with milk and honey. It is also antiviral, so it is very effective for breaking fevers and treating colds and flu.
The slight minty taste may lower the mom’s breastmilk, but will certainly do no harm to the baby. And, as a combined tea blend, it may relieve moms’ anxiety and restlessness and lift their spirits.
Worried about herbs & breastfeeding?
Moms love this website for a quick reference: https://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/herbs_to_avoid/