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Our favorite home remedies for baby (that you may already have in your house!)

February 11, 2016

It’s the little things that can make a big difference, right? Having the right tools to soothe your little one makes you feel a bit more relaxed. Even better, you may already have some tools in your home, ready to be rediscovered! Here are a few tricks to try with your little ones’ aches and pains:

Oatmeal baths for skin inflammations

Skin irritations like eczema and diaper rash are so common in babies. If yours suffers from minor skin issues, try giving her a warm oatmeal bath. There are a couple ways of doing this: using traditional rolled oats, grind them up into a powder in a food processor, or wrap a handful in a piece of cheesecloth. Mix a handful of oatmeal powder into a baby bath of warm water, or steep the cheesecloth pouch in the water like a teabag. Play with your baby in the bath for about ten minutes, and then gently pat her dry with a towel. The oatmeal naturally soothes the irritation. (And don’t forget using more breathable diapers like gDiapers can reduce the chances of getting rashes too!)


Photo credit: Sten Porse via Wikimedia Commons


Bubbles for anxiety

You know that the best advice for calming anxiety is taking deep breaths. But try telling your wiggly child to “just take a deep breath.” The secret is they may just need a focal point. Try having them sit with a bottle of bubbles and blow through the wand, simply making bubbles for a few minutes. They’ll be breathing deep and may even be a little less wiggly afterwards.


Photo credit: Mike Nelson via Wikimedia Commons


Baking soda paste for bug bites

Mosquito season is just around the corner, and if your little one has a bite, she’ll want relief from the itch fast. Try mixing just enough baking soda with water to make a paste, rubbing it on the bite and letting it dry. Just one more use for a household staple!


Photo credit: Miriam Hathaway


Sock of rice for sore muscles

Running around the playground and practicing riding his bike all day can wear out your little one’s muscles! Try filling a sock (maybe a mismatched tube sock from the laundry room?) with rice, tying a knot at the end, and microwaving it at 30-second intervals. Times vary by microwave and your child’s comfort level for heat, so be careful not to make it too hot.


Photo credit: Adrianne Surian


Homemade “ouch cream” for minor cuts and scrapes

Try making your own “ouch cream” in a jar. There are lots of recipes, but we like this one, minus the essential oils, which can be a bit harsh on your baby’s skin. Using beeswax, coconut oil, and witch hazel, this balm is a natural alternative to antibacterial cream. It cleans wounds, soothes bruising, and reduces swelling. And a little jar will last a long time!

Photo credit: Miriam Hathaway

Do you have any home remedies that work for your family? Share below!

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These statements on have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Please make decisions in partnership with your health care provider. 


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