Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Home Remedies?

Like every mom, I like to think that I have the answer to everything. However, I don't. I asked my fans via Facebook what they would like to read about in my next blog. I was given the idea about home remedies for aches and pains. Besides the basic heating pads, ice packs, and muscle rub, my knowledge of this topic is limited. I wanted to go past just the aches and pains, I wanted to find remedies for various conditions: dry skin, acne, oily hair, etc. You would be surprised at the strange things people come up with! For the record, before you try anything at home, make sure it is safe! These are a few ideas I found that worked well for me:

*To help lift your spirits or relieve a headache, try brewing rosemary as a tea. The taste will be strong, but it is quite relaxing.

*For a stomach ache, drink tea with lemon and honey. This will also help chest congestion, a cough, or a sore throat caused by a cold.

*For an oily scalp, apply astringent, yes the kind you use for your face.

*Witch hazel not only helps with an Itch, but acne as well.

*Not sure about this one, but it is said if you grate a piece of ginger, squeeze the juice from it, and rub it on your belly, it will help ease a stomach ache.

*Freeze a cotton swab soaked with eye drops, such as Visine. Place it on your blemish (pimple) until the solution defrosts. The coldness will help reduce swelling while the solution zaps the redness.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011


We had to rush my 4 month old to the doctor yesterday because he was having tummy problems. He broke from his routine and was waking up once every hour to eat. He wasn't keeping anything down. By the time we went to the doctor, we had already decreased his feedings from 6 to 4 ounces so he wasn't over eating. We tried organic tummy soothers, gripe water, and gas drops. Nothing seemed to ease his pain. He was also having a bowl movement once every other day (this was caused from us thickening his feedings to help keep them down).

His doctor diagnosed him with having reflux. Reflux (GER) happens when the contents of the stomach reflux, or back up into the esophagus during or after feeding your baby. At the bottom of the esophagus, there is a ring that opens to release gas (the lower esophageal sphincter or LES). Instead of releasing gas......he would spit up or vomit. His doctor put him on a low does form of Zantac to help ease the pain. He also switched him from his soy formula to a low lactose formula that is partially broken down so he can digest it better.

Reflux can be very painful for an infant. If you suspect your baby has reflux, call your doctor right away. He are some symptoms of reflux:

  • spitting up
  • vomiting
  • coughing
  • irritability
  • poor feeding
  • blood in the stools

Here are some symptoms that only occur in a small number of babies:

  • poor growth due to an inability to hold down enough food
  • irritability or refusing to feed due to pain
  • blood loss from acid burning the esophagus
  • breathing problems