As moms, we have all been there, the slight crankiness, then the fever, and then the restlessness, cough and all around miserable baby. You feel badly for them, and are willing to do whatever possible to relieve their misery.
The worst possible thing is to go into the cabinet to look for something to help only to find out that you don't have anything that you need to help your little one out. Then off into the night you trek to find whatever the most convenient store has to offer. Sometimes, you are able to find the perfect item, but often you are left with something that is chemical laden that you prefer not to give your child, but truly you don't seem to have another option.
Either that or you end up spending 3 times more than you should for something herbal and safe that you could make yourself for a quarter of what you paid for it. I have definitely been there and spent many pretty pennies to give my child the best.
But I am determined to not make this mistake again and to always be prepared for whatever illness we may come in contact with. These are the most necessary baby items and remedies I have found to be the most effective.
I have a simple cool mist humidifier that works like a charm. It has a place on the top to place essential oil to be diffused into the air as well. I love it and it is perfect for when your little one is suffering from a cold, dry cough, croup, or anything respiratory related. I have also put thieves oil in mine when dealing with contagious viruses to keep them from spreading.
I have an herbal Vick's rub that I use on my little ones when they are congested or have any type of respiratory issues. I rub it on the soles of their feet to prevent coughing. I also rub it across their chest and along their spine to help break up the phlegm.
I know this tool definitely looks disgusting, and if it were not for all the incredible reviews, I probably would not have purchased it. But in hindsight, I am so thankful that I did! I hate the blue bulbs that only work half the time and am so happy to have a reliable way to help my little ones to breathe.
Any time my baby is just a little bit congested this is my go to tool to help them get the mucus out to breathe better. Now that being said, both of my boys hated me using it on them and cried during the process, but they felt so much better afterward that it was worth the couple seconds of crying.
A word about the filters: according to the directions you are supposed to use a different filter for every use, which would make this pretty expensive. In all honesty, I have been using mine for three years now and have never bought new filters. The initial package comes with four filters, and I am currently on my second one.
I know you probably gasped there because it does sound awful, but to help you catch your breath let me add this. I do wash my entire nose frieda between uses including the filter, and between babies and at other random times, I throw it in a pot of boiling water for about 5 seconds to properly sanitize it.
Gas Drops/ Tummy Relief
Babies are known to have gassy tummies some more often than others, but in the first year of life, every baby will more and most likely experience this. For this reason, I always keep my homemade gas drops on hand and they help perfectly in times like these. They are also a lifesaver when your older children have upset tummies or ate something that didn't settle well with them.
The best thing about making your own is that it is quick, and the ingredients are easy to find, but in case you prefer not to make your own herbal remedies, you can purchase this one from Wish Garden Herbs. It works just as well, and it can be found at most health food stores especially when you are in a bind.
Earlier I mentioned that I use my humidifier to diffuse essential oils when there is any type of croup or congestion. These are the essential oils that I always keep on hand to diffuse.
I purchase all my essential oils from Mountain Rose herbs or Rocky Mountain Oils. They are both extremely pure and high quality. Mountain Rose only carries single oils, whereas Rocky Mountain Oils carries blends like Thieves. They also have this really neat Respiratory blend that you could use as well.
I do want to note that essential oils should never be put directly on one's skin and should always be properly diluted in a carrier oil. You cannot dilute oils in water, it must be in almond, coconut, olive, or another type of oil. Here is a dilution guide to help you use your oils safely.
For my little ones, I typically always just diffuse the oils, but I have on a rare occasion, put a drop of lavender in 5ml of coconut oil and rubbed them down with it to help them relax and sleep.
Cold/ Wellness Remedy
Having an effective cold and flu remedy on hand for babies is definitely a must! You just never know when sickness will strike and there are so many things that little ones can't have, so having something always in stock will save you lots of money and worrying.
I have found that Elderberry is truly the best herb for children. Not only does it taste incredible, it does so many amazing things for your body.
Elderberry syrup is definitely my go to remedy with any illness, but that being said, it can definitely become a little pricey. This is one reason I choose to make my own. It is very easy to make and it is so much more cost effective. You can see my homemade recipe here.
Also it is easier to make than to buy because most Elderberry syrups have honey in them, and it can be a little difficult to find one without. I make my Elderberry tincture using glycerin so that I can give it to my babies as well as the rest of my kiddos.
I know this may sound crazy, but when you have a 2 month old baby and you are trying to administer medicine, this is definitely a must. I have tried the pacifiers made to administer medicine, but none of my kids like plastic in their mouth at all, so it was always a no go.
Instead, I would put a couple of drops in a syringe or dropper and insert it into their mouth while they are nursing. This has always been the easiest way for me, as it really takes the hassle out of giving medicine.
I typically just use the glass droppers that come with my amber glass bottles, but I also have a plastic dropper as well that I use most often because it just feels safer.
Having a sick baby is never fun and sometimes it is down right scary, but having an arsenol of things on hand and a solid plan of what to do when your little does get sick helps a lot! If you would like a list of natural things to do when your kiddos get sick as well as printable herbal remedy cards, sign up here for my email list. When you sign up, you will get access to the Resource Room filled with printables as well as information and herbal recipes that I pass on only to the awesome moms on my list. :)
I hope this post was helpful for you and I would love to hear what you have on hand when your little ones get sick!