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The Top 5 Natural Remedies Your Baby Needs

Rustina September 6, 2023

By Rustina

Having a baby is one of the hardest and sweetest accomplishments in this world – taking care of said little one trumps that in both arenas though, I think! Knowing you have to care for this beautiful, completely-dependent-on-you bundle of joy and tears can be so hard. Everyday, we wake up and do it though! There are days that are easier, and days that you collapse in the bed exhausted. 

After raising 4 boys and learning from other parents with even decades more experience than myself, I wanted to share with you some tricks and remedies that I found very helpful. 

The top 5 remedies to keep around (learn more about each use below):

#1 Infant Tummy Relief

#2 Good Night Lotion

#3 Teeth Tamer

#4 All Purpose Salve

#5 Feel Better Fast

Constipated Little One or One with an Upset Tummy

Every parent will encounter this eventually – sometimes often. There are a lot of factors that affect this. It may be mineral imbalance such as magnesium. It may be an upset gut flora or slow digestion

Gentle infant massage can help soothe and relax babies. Use natural oils like coconut oil, almond oil, Good Night Lotion for magnesium(as mentioned above), or Calendula Rose Body Oil. Be sure to use gentle, circular motions, going from your baby’s lower right side, up and around to the left side. That helps follow the path of the large intestine so the movement can help encourage good flow. Also be sure your baby is getting plenty of fluids.

A warm bath can help relax your baby and may assist with digestion. Use lukewarm water and keep the bath time short.

Chamomile and ginger are sometimes used to help soothe colic and fussiness. You can brew it as tea, let it cool, and offer a small amount to your baby, or breastfeeding mama can drink it. Ginger is used in the Infant Tummy Relief tincture I listed above.

Some of our blogs to check out: 

10 Signs Your Child’s Gut Flora Imbalanced

The Natural Baby: 5 Tips for Establishing Healthy Gut Flora

How to Heal Your Gut (Research + a Plan)

5 Tips for Improving Your Toddler’s Gut Health

The First Postpartum Poop: How To Make It Easier

Happy baby – that isn’t happy when laid down

If a newborn, swaddling can provide a sense of security for newborns and help them sleep better. Make sure to swaddle safely, allowing enough room for the hips to move. Occasionally, your little one may be happy or perfectly normal during the day, but upset when laid down yet not needing to be swaddled. In that case, it may be worth considering if your little one has an ear infection. I use a rice sock and Earache Ease (uses gentle but very helpful mullein). A rice sock is just a cotton sock filled with rice and tied at the end. Heat it up so it is warm and have your little one rest their sore ear on it.

Check out: The Truth About Ear Infections and How to Stop an Ear Infection in its Tracks.

Babywearing is also helpful. This comforts your little one and helps you be more mobile. I loved moby wraps and woven wraps with my little ones.

Check out The Natural Baby: Babywearing Newborns

There are a lot of ideas out there about how babies sleep or should sleep. My most used remedy for helping with sleep was Earthley’s Good Night Lotion and cosleeping so breastfeeding was easier.

If you are concerned about your little one’s sleep, check out the blogs: 

5 Tricks to Try When Your Baby Won’t Sleep

Gentle AP Method for Teaching Your Baby to Sleep

7 Surprising Reasons Kids Don’t Sleep Well

How I Taught My Baby to Sleep Well From Birth

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep Train Your Baby

Runny or Congested Nose

Saline drops or Herbal Sinus Rinse can help clear a congested nose in babies. Use a few drops in each nostril and gently suction with a bulb syringe. 

There are also great lymphatic massages for congestion that can help so much (for babies and everyone!). Another way to keep the congestion moving out is with Breathe Well Salve. My older kids actually keep a stick of it in their beds because they find it helpful and they love the smell! 

Rashes and Dry Skin

Natural oils can be used for baby massage and to moisturize their delicate skin. Be cautious with introducing any new products, as babies’ skin is sensitive. Stick with gentle, light oils unless a more serious dry skin issue is at hand. Coconut, apricot, olive, and jojoba are good oils to use. I use the All Purpose Salve listed above for pretty much every rash except from a bug bite. Then, I use a Black Drawing Salve.

Feeling Sick or Teething

It is so sad when our little ones are under the weather. It is hard to tell what is wrong when they cannot even talk to us yet. Is it a cold? Teething? The flu? There is a lot of debate around if teething can cause a fever or not so sometimes the lines can be very blurred even between the two. My understanding is that a fever isn’t caused by teething, but leaves one more susceptible to conditions that can cause a fever. You can read more about this in Earthley’s Fever Guide.

I use Teeth Tamer and Feel Better Fast in these cases. Teeth Tamer can double as a tummy settler with its cloves and catnip, and when they feel sick, usually an upset tummy is around also. Feel Better Fast helps with an upset stomach (gas, bloating, nausea, indigestion), fever (balancing, not lowering), pain (headaches, achy muscles, and more), and respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sore throat).

Along with lots of skin to skin, cuddling, and warm epsom salt baths. 

Almost Everything…

Last, but definitely not least: breast milk. This stuff is amazing. Irritated eyes? A little scratch near the eye? Sore throat? Feeling sick? breast milk can save the day. Just dab a little on cuts or scratches and let a drop or two fall in the eyes for instant relief. When your little one is sick, you can help your breast milk adapt by getting plenty of vitamin C and D especially. 

What is your favorite remedy, or are you looking for a remedy?

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Rustina started studying herbs and natural living after allopathic medicine was unable to provide answers or support when she needed it. She is continually working on learning more and improving her and her family’s health, diving in and researching any topic. A love of learning led her to homeschool and begin working from home. She now spends each day with her husband and four sons as they travel on their home education journey together. She is thankful for the opportunity to write about these interests and passions for Earthley Wellness and Modern Alternative Mama.

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Hi, I’m Kate.  I love medical freedom, sharing natural remedies, developing real food recipes, and gentle parenting. My goal is to teach you how to live your life free from Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Government by learning about herbs, cooking, and sustainable practices.

I’m the author of Natural Remedies for Kids and the owner and lead herbalist at EarthleyI hope you’ll join me on the journey to a free and healthy life!

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