Replacing your Medicine Cabinet – Essential Oils

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Wow, has my life been changed by using these guys. I’m an idiot. A good friend told me all about these about 2 years ago and while I did listen, I never fully explored or embraced the uses of essential oils. I loved them, I felt that they made my house smell amazing, but I didn’t fully encompass the healing powers until now. Flash forward to my second baby, little to no sleep, desperate, and I am reminded by several other mothers that essential oils may do the trick to help my baby sleep through the night (after I also break him of the atrociously bad sleep habits I had aided him in forming as well). My first night using essential oils on my 6 month old and IMMEDIATELY he sleeps 12 hours through the night and blew my mind. THE FIRST NIGHT. Talk about instant results!!!

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Natural Teething Remedies that WORK

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We are only at 4 months old and teething is taking over our lives! With Jack, he did the same thing and still didn’t get any teeth until he was 7 months old. Now Keaton has begun gnawing at his little fists like crazy and wriggling around like his gums are on fire. I know it’s time to take serious action. Natural action that is. Here are the top favs in our house when it comes to battling these babies and their teeth (or lack there of)……..

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Fevers – Our friend!

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The first time Jack got a fever I was panicked. Horrified. I thought he was going to die. I called the doctor in the middle of the night expecting him to tell me to go straight to the emergency room. Not only did he NOT advise me to go straight to the hospital, he also didn’t sound too concerned about a 103 fever at all. He asked a few questions and then said to keep my son comfortable and hydrated and to use fever reducers only if he seemed in pain or achy. I was shocked.

Now, many many MANY fevers later and less of a nervous wreck about every little thing, I have learned exactly why my doctor was not on high alert about my son’s fever. It’s because fevers are good! And after lots of research it makes perfect sense why they are good. Here is the skinny:

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Earache Remedy

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So poor poor little Jack got a horrible ear infection when we went to Ireland last year which escalated into such a disastrous situation that he needed 2 doses of antibiotics. Nightmare. Poor kid. I of course never saw a sign or even knew what to look for, I thought he just had a regular old cold. So this time around, our family for Christmas decided to bond together and all get a cold at the same time, AND to spread that cold to all of the aunts and grandparents as well. Christmas spirit and all, why wouldn’t we? Now that we are all better, I notice Jack tugging on his ears. It isn’t anything yet, but I see the warning signs beginning. A trip to the doctor confirmed it is the beginning of an ear infection (post trauma sets in from my last experience) and they of course want him on antibiotics. I, on the other hand, would like to share a recipe that you can try in the beginning or even middle stages of an earache to try and solve the problem before having to resort to antibiotics. This is a powerful and effective alternative that I highly recommend, and the less antibiotics you give your child the better. This remedy is known to work every time as long as it isn’t chaos madness like our Ireland experience. All these ingredients result in a strong natural antibiotic. It’s great for adults too! Here you go!

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Pedialyte

We all know that when you have a sick child the first thing a doctor tells you is: “Lot’s of rest and lots of Pedialyte, gotta keep the little one hydrated!” And this is true, but lately I have been looking at the ingredients in EVERYTHING because, I mean, what the hell are we giving to our little ones? I mean, it says it’s natural, it says it’s the cure, but what is in it EXACTLY? Last night I even found that my “Organic Almond Oil” that I slather all over myself after my shower and also massage my husband with after a long day, is chalk full of Parabens, as well as Palm Oil (http://www.saynotopalmoil.com). Click the links to see why I HATE THESE PRODUCTS. That’s a whole different subject though. Let me get back to Pedialyte. So I look at the ingredients and this is what I see:

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Oh Holy Fever

What a couple of tough weeks! Just before Christmas Jack got his first cold, not great. It was your standard cold, runny nose with bubbles coming out every time he breathed, puffy eyes, the usual. Of course I had the humidifier blasting day and night with essential eucalyptus oils to help him breathe, and then a few times a day I would drum up the courage to go face to face with him and use the most torturous device known in the baby community,  the nose suction device. Holy Jesus, trying to suction anything out of that tiny nose meant I had to deal with slapping hands, swift head turns to the right and left, and a scream cry that sounded like I was giving him a bath in hot lava. The drama involved in each instance was enough to win this baby an Oscar nod at the very least, and I was so over it that I thought “Okay, no more”. But Jack needed it! So I said “Screw this awful bulb sucking device, there has to be a better way” and we headed out to CVS. And yes, there are many better ways and in my opinion these bulbs should just be taken off the market. Straight up banned even.
I purchased a device that looks like this:

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It was $20 and was a battery powered dream come true. You hit a button and the sucking begins, accompanied by lovely calming music. Now, Jack had the same Oscar winning reaction with this contraption as he did with the nasty bulb, but the difference was that it got the job done in one go. Literally, in the nose, suck, fill the little cup with mucus, done. And low and behold Jack was breathing fine again.
So 2 weeks of a fabulous cold, all better and healthy for 3 days, then BOOM. He wakes in the morning feeling hot enough to fry an egg on. I have never had him have a hot temp before, so after a quick rectal check I saw that he had a 103.4 temperature and I freaked out. I immediately gave him Tylenol, didn’t help at all. I put cold packs under his arms and on his head and after a quick chat to the doctor I learned that we would just have to ride this one out together, there was nothing we could do. These things happen supposedly, I’m new at this. It was so hard, Jack wasn’t himself at all. Just blank stares through red rimmed eyes. Also this started the very same day we had a big New Years Eve barbeque, so I had all my friends downstairs partying while I took care of poor little Jack upstairs. Awesome. Then after 3 days, poof. Done. He broke out in a rash all over his body (which is normal after a fever FYI) and now he is right as rain.
So a tough couple of weeks. You never know what will happen with these little ones. Plans are for people without kids. These guys keep you on your toes.