Another post about my baby getting over a cold

I know I just posted about how this homeopathic (some of you probably refer to these as “sugar pills”) made a big difference in my baby’s well being. 

That isn’t all that is helping her. I’m also REALLY fond of my Essential Oil diffuser. I’ve used many diffusers, and I like this one the best because the output is higher and it lasts all night. Typically I want the oils diffused during the night, and if it peters out after a couple hours that’s just not good enough. I do sometimes think the oils have all been diffused so I add more, but it’s hard to tell when I’m in the same room all night. I bet if I came in after being outside I would have a different experience. 

Which oils am I diffusing? I’m glad you asked. Mostly eucalyptus oil. I do sometimes add lavender but it hasn’t helped nearly as much as the eucalyptus. 

The first cold she had (this is only the third) lavender worked well. I also didn’t want to try much else. The last 2 have required eucalyptus for opening her sinuses. 

I use about 15-20 shakes of the oil bottle into about 400-500 mL of  water. I do not use the light function. 
The other day when she was more stuffed up I did have to wave the open bottle in front of her. But that gets tricky as she wants to grab everything. No EO on baby hands, too easy to get it in baby mouths or baby eyes. That would be bad. 

Warning: this post may be about sugar pills

Sugar is highly addictive, but you knew that already. That is not the reason I avoid it. 

I have cavities.

But that’s a better intro to a different post. Right now I want to talk about sugar pills. Specifically, homeopathic remedies, which are often in a sugar pill form. 

For the record I would prefer a different form, to avoid the sugar, because I over complicate my response but again, this is for a different post. 

Homeopathic remedies have a bad reputation, I have come to learn. Many people disregard them as worthless, or “no better than placebo.” Placebo does work 1/3 of the time though, right? I’d prefer better efficacy than that, but it’s not bad. And I don’t think the placebo effect works if you do not believe in the remedy whatsoever. 

I have also learned enough about homeopathics to know that I know very little about their use. I can adequately recommend 2 remedies: arnica for soft tissue injury/bruising, and phytolacca for mastitis. I’m able to research more about any particular remedy, just as I would an unfamiliar herb but I often go to others who are more educated about homeopathy and then read extensively before using it.

My baby had a fever up and down for 3 days. Babies, by the way, respond very well to homeopathic remedies. So I looked up the fever remedies, determined which of the 10 patterns fit best and called an experienced homeopath who echoed my recommendation. 

Within about 20 minutes of taking one little sugar pill homeopathic remedy, her mood brightened, her fever dropped and stayed normal the rest of the day. 

Hard to argue with success. Why bother?

The best diapers on the planet, and other related things.

imageI used to envy cloth diapering moms just a little bit. But I have found a diaper I love so much that I no longer feel guilty for not using cloth: Poofs. True to their name, they’re downright magical. They are excellent absorbers, they’re antibacterial and biodegradable and they don’t have the nasty stuff most other disposables have – none of those icky gel/plasticky beads, among other things…

Biodegradable and compostable diapers. Let that sink in.

Also, with Poofs we have had no diaper rashes, no blow outs (except when someone forgot to flare out the edges), and we have a very happy baby. She doesn’t like wearing diapers, or shoes, or clothes for that matter, because she’s a baby and who the heck wants to wear stuff? But in my very scientific comparison of diaper brands, I found she was far more likely to remove other brands of diapers, leading me to believe she liked them less.

I also use compressed dehydrated wipes (also compostable!) by Wysi. They’re about the size of a few stacked nickels, made of vegetable cellulose, and I wet them and unroll them before use. When she was an infant I used Thayer’s witch hazel (rose), and at some point I switched to plain water. I usually only need one or two Wysi wipes, although lately she refuses to lay down for changes, so it’s challenging, but hey doesn’t every baby do that?

Have I mentioned I avoid preservatives? I love the Wysi wipes for that feature. Try finding another wipe out there without preservatives (Spoiler: there isn’t one!)