Today’s post is just a little fun — so don’t take it too seriously. 🙂
Lots of mamas out there are curious about natural remedies, and want to get started using them. But, honestly — how much do you trust natural remedies, and how likely are you to use them? I thought it would be fun to have a quiz about it, to see where you fall. There are different answers depending on whether you get mostly A’s, mostly B’s, or mostly C’s. No judgment, it’s just for fun to see where you tend to fall.
Let’s take the quiz!
How Much Do You Trust Natural Health?
Question 1: Your child (who is not a young infant) feels feverish. What do you do?
A: Grab for the thermometer and record the exact degree of the fever, then give Tylenol every 4 hours until the fever stays down. You call the doctor to make sure this is enough an ask if you need to make an appointment.
B: Check with the thermometer, but don’t worry unless the number heads over 103. You snuggle your baby and ride it out, but offer Tylenol if the fever gets too high or your child seems uncomfortable.
C: Ignore the thermometer and watch the child’s behavior. You’re not afraid to call for back up if there are serious symptoms, but for fever alone you snuggle up, rest, offer extra fluids and maybe a warm yarrow bath until it breaks.
Question 2: Your child wakes up crying with an earache. You:
A: Immediately call the doctor. It’s time for another round of antibiotics.
B: Give Tylenol or other mild pain relievers (and maybe some extra probiotics) and wait it out for a few days. If it’s not better, time to head to the doctor.
C: Pull out the warm garlic-mullein oil and call the chiropractor!
Question 3: Here come the sniffles! What do you do?
A: Give OTC cold and cough medicine every few hours until symptoms get better. Watch for signs of sinus infection; if you see them, you’ll call the doctor for a prescription.
B: Get the saline nasal spray and a natural brand of cough medicine off the shelf.
C: Brew your own ginger or mullein tea, or your own herbal cold or cough syrup, plus lots of rest.
Question 4: Uh-oh…the dreaded stomach virus has come to visit. What now?
A: Offer small sips of soda to settle the stomach, or anti-nausea medicine, and call the doctor or go to Urgent Care if it lasts longer than 12 hours or you see signs of dehydration.
B: Total stomach rest for awhile, then the BRAT diet for a day, plus extra probiotics.
C: Total stomach rest, then homemade gripe water and/or breast milk, followed by lots of probiotics.
Question 5: Time to go shopping and refill your medicine cabinet. You buy:
A: Tylenol, ibuprofen, Benadryl, etc.
B: Natural brands of medicine — Little Remedies, Delsym, etc.
C: Herbs. You’ll prepare your own remedies!
Question 6: It’s day 3 of an illness in your child. There are no really “serious” symptoms, but it also isn’t going away. What do you do?
A: Take him to the doctor (again). Whatever was prescribed the first time clearly isn’t working.
B: Take him to the doctor (for the first time). You’re comfortable waiting it out and helping at home, but only to a point.
C: Look up some different herbal remedies and try them — maybe the first ones weren’t right. You won’t get help until or unless you see symptoms that are truly serious.
Question 7: Your child is showing signs of ADHD or sensory issues and is having trouble in preschool/school. What do you do?
A: Have her professionally evaluated, then follow the therapeutic recommendations, including medication, counseling, and educational modifications.
B: Get a professional evaluation, but see if some natural things might help first, like fish oil or cutting out sugar. You’re open to medication, though, if the natural stuff doesn’t work.
C: Immediately look at your child’s diet, cut out sugar and do an overhaul. Add in extra herbs and cod liver oil. Seek a chiropractor or osteopath for adjustments.
Question 8: What do you consider preventative medicine?
A: Vaccines. They are the most important prevention out there.
B: Vaccines (maybe only some), good sleep, good diet, and a multivitamin.
C: Herbal formulas, probiotics, chiropractic care, avoiding toxins.
Question 9:Your child falls and seems to have sprained or strained his ankle. You:
A: Immediately take him to Urgent Care or the ER for x-rays.
B: Put some ice on it and watch it for a few hours; head for the ER if it doesn’t seem to be improving.
C: Unless you suspect a break or something more serious, soak it in Epsom salts, put arnica on it and wrap it up.
Question 10: Who’s your child’s doctor and how often do you see him/her?
A: A pediatrician, and on the AAP-recommended schedule.
B: An alternative pediatrician or family doctor, and a few times a year at first, then annually.
C: A chiropractor, other alternative practitioner, or no doctor
Mostly A’s: Mainstream Mary
Natural health just isn’t your thing and you don’t apologize for that. In general, you trust modern medicine and are quick to head to the doctor when your little one isn’t feeling well — or you aren’t. Vaccines, prescriptions, and whatever the doctor orders are what you trust.
Mostly B’s: Moderate Martha
You’re interested in natural health, but you think there are limits to it. When it comes to sniffles and scrapes, you’re happy to give natural a try, but if it doesn’t work, or if there’s something more serious going on, you don’t hesitate to call a doctor. You’re definitely a moderate mama, who uses the best of both worlds.
Mostly C’s: Natural Nancy
You’re a natural mama all the way! You fully trust natural medicine and believe that there’s almost always a way to use natural remedies — except for very specific things, like serious injuries.
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