The following are suggestions from our Amateur Nutritionist who has read various books and has summarized the findings. Please read our disclaimer before following any of these suggestions. We hope you investigate further the potential benefits and possible harms (if any) of using herbal supplements with children. Some books suggest the amount of each herbal product to use. Our amateur nutritionist does not recommend dosage levels because of being amateur and also not being a physician. In many cases the amount to give can vary from individual to individual. Some children will not need as much of supplemental product as another child. Please consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns.
The Family Clinic promotes a conservative use of vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements. We feel the body can become immune to the effects of vitamins if the same vitamin is taken daily over long time periods. To prevent such a response, we suggest using a vitamin and supplement plan for a while (maybe two weeks or so) and then switching to another plan that is proposed to achieve the similar. After a period of time has passed, go back to the original plan and repeat the process. Only in cases where there is a serious medical reason that the same vitamin, herbal or mineral supplement should be used for an extend period of time on a daily basis.
Catnip and Fennel. - This is an excellent product for fussy babies whose problems are colic, stomach pains, teething and fevers. Catnip aids in digestion and is good for stomach gas or cramps. The extract will help to clean mucus out of the body, relax the colon and lower fevers. Fennel aids in digestion. Related products include Gas and Colic Relief and Probiotics Baby Calm plus Comfort . These products can be found at most health food stores or ordered directly by clicking on the highlighted words above. Follow directions included in the packaging materials.
Vitamin C powder. - Vitamin C is water soluble and needs to be replaced daily. It is an antioxidant, protecting our cells from damaging toxins. Vitamin C will help your baby absorb iron and form collagen, both necessary for growth.
Vitamin C is vital especially in colder climates or where there are high amounts of allergens. Vitamin C powder stirred into pure, clear juice (no sugar) will do wonders for elimination mucus, relieving colds, killing viruses and bacteria, healing and preventing ear infections as well as other infections. It also aids in the development of your baby's teeth.
There are many varieties of Vitamin C powder. Choose an all natural kind at your health food store or order directly from us. There are buffered vitamin C powder that do not harm your baby's stomach.
Ear drops - Young babies tend to get earaches and ear infections due to teething, lack of nutrition and harsh weather elements. Have eardrops on hand that will soothe their symptoms and prevent infections. There is an excellent natural product by DNA Labs, containing garlic oil, olive oil, and mullin oil, with tinctures of plantago, pennywort, lobelia, chamomilla and aloe vera. This product can be ordered directly by clicking here.
Slippery Elm - This is excellent for diarrhea and inflamed bottoms. Add one tablespoon slippery elm to one pint cooled, scalded milk. (please note: for super concentrated formulas, like the one on the link above, use much less amount than one tablespoon per pint of scalded milk). Feed your baby 1 or 2 tablespoons of mixture after every elimination. This will soothe and heal the lining of the colon. (Ibid)
Toddlers through Pre-Adolescents
Anyone who has raised a child knows that this is a time of great exploration and discovering. It is crucial to ensure that your child is receiving the proper nutrition particularly for brain growth and development. Also, having a few "first aid" items on hand can go a long way to quickly relieve symptoms when they have overextended themselves and even prevent a visit to the doctor. The individual nutrition that your child needs is much too extensive to list here, but I will touch on the basics for a good foundation.
We feel we have located two types of high quality multivitamins for children. One is Animals on Parade Gold. They have no artificial colors and no cynacobalamin as the B12. They have chewables in multiple flavors (for those picky eaters) and also have it in liquid form (for those who need it squirted into a drink that can hide vitamin flavors). Here are two examples of their multiple choises: Nature's Plus Animal on Parade Gold Children's Chewable Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Assorted 120 Chewables and Nature's Plus Animal Parade Gold Children's Liquid Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Natural Tropical Berry 32 fl oz. The second company that makes high quality children's vitamins is by Garden of Life. They offer a food base children's vitamin. Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids Cherry Berry 30 Chewables Non-GMO
B-Complex - These are absolutely vital for brain development. The energy your brain needs for the thinking process, and to complete the connections of circuitry depends on B-vitamins. A lack of B-vitamins sometimes manifests itself in the form minor psychotic symptoms or other mental problems. The necessity of B-vitamins for brain development cannot be stressed enough. Liquid B-Complex supplements are available and can be mixed into non- sugar juice. Note: We recommend that you do not get B Vitamins where the B12 vitamin is cyanocobalamin. B12 as found in foods, B12 as methylcobalamin and most of the other cobalamins are fine. Please read lables.
Trace Minerals - These are the body's sparks plugs. In order for the body to perform all of its necessary functions, there must be minerals present. If your child has trouble sleeping at night it might be due to a lack of calcium or calcium absorption. Increasing their milk intake might not be the answer. Vitamins and minerals are absorbed into the bloodstream through the colon. Milk products cause mucus in our bodies which coats the colon and prevents the absorption of vitamins and minerals. (Junk food also causes the colon to be coated with mucus.) Calcium is much more readily absorbed when it comes from broccoli. There are liquid colloidal minerals available which are highly absorbable and can be put in your child's juice without much detection. 2-3 drops a day can be very beneficial, increasing the dosage as they get older.
First aid kits - This is what to have on hand to be prepared for common ailments and mishaps.
Note: Poison ivy and fire ants are prevalent where we live and I have found the most effective treatment to be Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy and Oak Scrub and Tecnu Rash Relief Medicated Anti-Itch Spray. It comes in wipes too which can scrub the infected area.
B-Complex - Again, to ensure good brain development continue them on a regimen of vitamin B supplements and vitamin B-rich foods. The forebrain is the last part of the brain to develop and is associated with long term thinking. It becomes fully developed in the late teens and early twenties.
Trace Minerals - These are needed for proper bodily functions particularly during puberty. Extra Calcium may help ease your daughter's pre-menstrual syndrome and menstrual cramps. If she retains too much water during this time, help her to reduce her salt intake, and increase potassium-rich foods. Potassium helps to balance body fluids.
Zinc is needed by all teenagers to ensure that they grow properly and to their full potential.
Regular exercise - This is essential for everyone, and particularly for teenagers. Exercise purifies their blood, controls mood swings, and helps their body to produce their own vitamins and minerals needed for proper bodily function.
St John's Wort - If mood swings are not kept at bay with the above techniques, St. John's Wort is an excellent addition to their regimen. Be careful with this herb and know what you are doing before trying it. Do not combine this herb with an antidepressant.
Tea Tree Oil - Diet and exercise are important for adolescents to prevent acne. However, when outbreaks do occur, tea tree oil diluted and applied topically with a cotton swab works wonders to kill the germs that cause acne. Results can be seen overnight. Tea tree oil is available at most health food stores and from our site.
Another great product to help heal from colds and flu faster is the combination of Echinacea and Goldenseal. What is also popular right now is Sambucus Fizzy™ Elderberry and Sambucus Zinc Lozenges Original Elderberry. We also use a homeopathic product whenever we think we are about to get the flu, and it appears to work like a wonder. It is called Boiron Oscillococcinum.
We are blessed to have access to such wonderful healing products. We hope you find these products as useful for your family as we have for ours. Health is a great blessing to have.
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