Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Alternative ways to medication for kids

I came across an article in Natural Awakenings that offered home remedies or natural alternatives to common medications for kids.  As argued in the article, medicating symptoms with drugs can interfere with one's natural defense system.

The article provides some alternatives you can use instead of medication; however, it does suggest consulting with a health practitioner first.
  • For bug bites, try grated potatoes or mud.
  • For cough or congestion, try applying a "herbal vapor rub of menthol and tea tree oil to the bottom of the child's feet" before putting socks on.
  • For constipation, try "apricots, peaches, pears, plums and vitamin C."
  • For growing pains, add calcium and magnesium supplements to a kids diet.
  • And during allergy season, switch from milk to citrus juices.


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