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Welcome Cure

Contents

 

Toddlers and Teething…………………………………………….. 06

Boosting Child’s Immune System……………………………. 11

Raising Happy Children………………………………………….. 15

Eating Habits………………………………………………………….. 18

Know Your Baby……………………………………………………… 22

Understand your child…………………………………………….. 25

A Probable Reason Behind Your Child’s Silence………. 31

Seeing the World from a Different Angle…………………. 33

Soothe that Nagging Cough with Natural Remedies… 39

Some Facts about Adenoids…………………………………….. 44

Tackle Tonsillitis Naturally………………………………………. 46

Runny Nose of tiny tots…………………………………………. 48

Cure Exema in Babies, Naturally……………………………… 50

Homeopathy & Kids……………………………………………….. 52

Our Vision

Good Health is every individual’s birthright irrespective of his origin, language, or location.

Our vision is to improve the quality of life of individuals globally and create healthier generations of people.

 

Our Mission

The mission of WelcomeCure is to make quality homeopathic treatment available to each and every person in the world, irrespective of their geographical and linguistic barriers.

 

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Preface

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

Being a Homeopath, I believe in the fact that our body has natural healing properties and with a little assistance, it can overcome almost every disease. Why resort to chemicals and synthetic medicines when natural, chemical and side-effect free medicines can heal you with as much efficacy? You will be surprised to know that there are so many things in your kitchen and back yard itself which have medicinal properties and can help you conquer a sore throat or an allergy and can even help you bring down your cholesterol levels!

 

My first eBook is about children related health problems. Being a mother of 2 kids, I have spent the last 9 years enveloped in all mommy-kind of situations and have gathered a lot of experience which I obviously would not have got in my medical college. I have shared all the things that worked and those that didn’t too – just so that you all get fair idea about how to handle your child’s health issues.

 

My colleagues, Dr. Tarana and Dr. Amrita require a special mention here. They are great writers and their articles and inputs helped this eBook see the light of day. Thank you both for your valuable contribution, this would not have been possible without your efforts.

I have tried to keep it as simple and easy to read as possible. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much I enjoyed writing it.

 

 

 

Dr. Nikita Karbhari

 

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Foreword

 

 

 

The writer has done an excellent research before this book has been penned down. She brings to her book the qualities she espouses as a doctor: sensitivity, insight, goodness and tact. We hope her writing discovers many new friends.

 

This first volume is dedicated to children related issues. Children are special to all of us. They give us immense joy and pleasure and as parents all of us feel like we want protect them from all the harmful things – especially when it comes to their health. As a Homeopath I advocate natural and holistic treatment options for all our kind of health problems. In this book, there are some valuable and effective natural treatment options for children related issues. The reason why I enjoyed reading it is because the language is simple and makes for an interesting read – especially if you are a non-medical person. At no point will you feel like you didn’t understand what you read.

Homeopathy is a big boon for children as homeopathy medicines are safe, gentle and at the same time effective. If you combine it with natural therapies you are sure to reap plenty of benefits from it.

 

Homeopathy brings relief right from the root cause of a disease

Medicines are derived from natural substances and have no known side effects

Homeopathy boosts immunity and is absolutely safe for people of all age groups

In diseases where other systems of medicine fall back, Homeopathy has a solution

Homeopathy offers relief from Allergy to Asthma, Back pain to Bronchitis, Common Cold to Cancer and Dandruff to Diabetes

 

Hope you enjoy reading the eBook.

 

 

Dr. Jawahar Shah

Founder and MD Welcome Cure

 

Toddlers and Teething

 

Teething is a major milestone in the life of a toddler. For those who have kids or have seen kids grow up would know that teething is a long and difficult process for some children and a smooth and uneventful one for others. During dentition general irritation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, fever, sleeplessness and weight loss are the usual complaints. In some toddlers the changes in their behaviour patterns are more marked and they become extremely cranky, irritable and develop altered eating patterns. And all of this turns out to be a major stress more for the parents and caregivers rather than the toddler himself.

 

Teething by itself is a very subjective process. Teething usually begins around 6 months of age but it is normal for teething to start any time between 4 months to 13 months of age. By the time your child is 3 years old, he or she will have all 20 primary teeth. However nothing ever happens exactly as mentioned in books. Yes, teething may begin around the approximate age/month mentioned in record but if your child shows his or her first tooth before or after the speculated time it does not mean he or she is abnormal. Each child is going to have his or her individual teething pattern and they differ from child to child.

Teething may not be troublesome for every child – each one experiences the whole process of teething differently. Irrespective of their intensity and frequency, here are some of the commonly experienced symptoms and some simple solutions related to them.

 

Altered eating patterns

Some children experience a dip in their appetite and some children also show a complete refusal to eat. This happens as the gums are swollen and irritated due to the tooth which is about to erupt. The child is not able to hold on to the nipple and suck due to his gum irritation and breast-feeding becomes difficult as well.

Teething diarrhea or Dentitional Diarrhea

This is yet another infamous symptom experienced by toddlers. The irony is that the process of dentition does not disrupt the digestive function per se. Your child is experiencing a lot of gum irritation and to get over this irritation your child tends to put everything in his or her mouth and tries chewing it. As the poor toddler has no idea what hygiene is, he ends up putting anything and everything in his mouth- it could be a shoe, a dirty toy, a mat, a book, a pen or whatever is within his reach. This way he ends up infecting himself with the bacteria present over those objects and develops loose motion or diarrhea.

Irritability

Pain and irritation in the gums can affect your toddler’s mood. Because of the uncomfortable feeling in his mouth your little munchkin who used to always happy and cheerful could turn into a cranky toddler and becomes difficult to handle or please.

Disturbed sleep or no sleep

Toddlers may also experience an altered sleep pattern due to the pain which they experience during teething. Some parents complain that their toddlers wake up in the middle of the night crying and no amount of pacifying/rocking or feeding can help to put him back to sleep again.

 

What can you do to help?

 

Your child is experiencing a considerable amount of gum irritation and pain, he or she might be hungry but will not be able to eat because of this. Therefore, the most important thing that you should be doing at this point is to keep calm and bear his irritability or crankiness. Yes, it is not always fun to deal with a cranky child especially at the end of the day when you are tired and all you want to do is sleep! Nevertheless, you seriously need to give your toddler lots of tender loving care at that point- they may not be able to describe what they are feeling but they are surely troubled.

 

If your child is refusing to eat, you can try giving him something that can be sipped easily. Try giving him a fruit smoothie or some cold yoghurt. Giving him soft and cold food will surely help.

 

Try distracting your kid or playing his favorite game with him when he is irritable or cranky.

 

There are special teething toys available in the market, which are soft and chewy – these help in easing the gum irritation. However, do remember to wash or clean those toys thoroughly so that your child does not end up catching infections.

 

You should consult your pediatrician if you feel that the symptoms are not improving or getting worse. Your pediatrician might ask you to give a painkiller to soothe the pain. Medication and administration of ORS may be needed in cases with severe dentitional diarrhea.

Homoeopathy and teething toddlers

 

Homoeopathic medications are the safest and the most effective way of managing troubles related to teething. Each child has a varied presentation and comes down with different set of symptoms. Your Homoeopath considers these individualizing differences and selects the most suitable Homoeopathic remedy for your kid. Homeopathy is not only effective in treating the physical disturbances; it is also helpful in treating the altered behavior patterns experienced in toddlers during dentition. Homeopathy has more than 50 natural, side-effect free remedies in its treasury for the treatment of dentitional difficulties. Listed below are a few amazing Homeopathy remedies which are extremely effective in treating dentition-related problems in children.

 

*Chamomilla *

It is a wonderful remedy for dentitional difficulties in toddlers. Irritability, fretfulness and restlessness form the hallmark symptoms of this drug. The gums are red and painful and the head and scalp are bathed in sweat. Often greenish, often diarrhea is also present.

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Calcarea Phos

This is another useful remedy for teething troubles in lean toddlers with open fontanelles and deficient bone tissue. Teething may be delayed and erupted teeth decay rapidly. An occasional diarrhea may be seen.

 

Kreosote

An excellent teething remedy. It is extremely helpful in children with difficult and painful dentition. The child is irritable and tosses and turns all night. There could be either constipation or diarrhea and the teeth decay easily.

 

Runny nose & snuffles in your tiny tots[]

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Did you know that infants in their first year alone can catch the common cold eight times or more! Though these sneezes, constant runny nose and sniffles are rarely serious, they are tough on the babies because infants are too little to know how to blow their nose. As a result their little noses get stuffed up or blocked with discharge leading to breathing difficulties. And this causes a huge hindrance in their beauty sleep!

When the tiny tots are unable to sleep, they can create havoc in their parent’s lives with all that bawling and crying! No wonder parents rush their babies to their paediatricians with the common cold only too often.

However, constant runny nose is not hard to manage. Once you learn a few tricks of the trade you will be able to soothe your little one’s cold with ease.

 

Causes:

Little babies get so many colds because their immune system isn’t ready to ward off all the viruses in the environment just yet. The viruses make way in to their bodies through the several toys and household things they so readily put in their mouth.

Siblings and parents who have the snuffles or kids at day care with a runny nose are also the common carriers of the virus.

 

Symptoms

Babies start to show signs of a cold about 1 to 3 days after they’re infected. The symptoms are stuffy nose, runny nose (watery or thick discharge), sneezing, cough, crankiness and irritability, decreased appetite and difficulty in staying asleep for longer hours. Occasionally the kids may also develop a mild fever and vomiting.

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What to do

Common cold or runny nose doesn’t need treatment and often, it resolves on its own within 7-10 days. Many physicians prescribe antibiotics, but it doesn’t always help. Because if the cause of the cold is a virus and not a bacterium, the antibiotic will serve no purpose.

However, to alleviate the symptoms and to help your little one feel better these home remedies along with A LOT OF REST are sure to help:

Nurse your infant more often. Breast milk is known to have antibodies which help babies fight infection. If your babies are more than 6 months old, warm soups and warm milk with a little turmeric powder can help soothe their throat and nose.

Add a pinch of salt in a cup of boiled water. Put a few drops of this salt water in your baby’s nostrils with the help of a dropper. This will help loosen up the mucus, which can then be gently sucked out with the help of a bulb syringe or blown out in older kids.

For kids over 6 months, mix a few drops of fresh ginger juice and lemon with honey and give this to your child twice a day. It helps decrease nasal discharge and throat inflammation.

Basil or Tulsi leaves have great anti-inflammatory properties. Boil approximately 10 tulsi leaves in 2 cups of water. Let your child (only if he is 6 months or older) drink this throughout the day. This is sure to alleviate his symptoms.

Take some Ajwain (also known as bishop’s weed or carom) in a thin muslin cloth. Bundle it up and hold it over a hot plate or shallow pan. Rub this warm bundle over your child’s chest (not directly on his skin, make sure he’s wearing a thin cotton tee) several times and re-heating it if required. This is known to help in cold, cough and runny nose.

A cool-mist humidifier will add moisture to the air and keep your baby’s nose from drying out. Be sure to wash out the machine after each use to prevent bacteria and mould build up.

Boosting Child’s Immune System

 

I have given my children a strong base through breastfeeding, good nutrition, a loving and healthy family life and a mostly non-toxic environment. But somehow, I can’t bring myself to disinfect everything they touch. If I keep my home completely sterile, won’t they fall sick every time they step outside of our home? In fact, I believe that their immunity strengthens every time they are naturally exposed to germs. Getting colds, coughs and fevers are a part and parcel of growing up and they help in building children’s immunities naturally. A strong immune system provides a child with natural defenses to fight off disease.

 

There are mums who sterilize their children’s toys regularly, some clean their homes and furniture with disinfectants twice a day and some hang a bottle of sanitizer around their neck and use it for themselves and their children at every chance they get!

 

More and more parents today are realizing that the key to a healthy child is a strong immune system. Here are a number of things you can do to help boost your child’s natural immunity.

 

Serve More Fruits and Vegetables

 

Oranges, melons, carrots, green beans, spinach and strawberries – all contain immunity building nutrients like Vitamin C and carotenoids. Try to get your child to eat at least 5 servings of some or most of these fruits and vegetables in a week. If you have fussy kids, you can mash or puree them and mix it with their regular food..

 

Avoid Preservatives, Artificial Flavors and Colors

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Preservatives and artificial flavors are nothing but chemicals that weaken your immune system and add nothing in terms of nutrition. Avoid packaged and ready-to-eat food. Avoid artificially flavored juices, chocolates and candies. Try to stick to natural and organically grown fruits and vegetables.

 

Avoid unnecessary use of Antibiotics

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Nowadays doctors prescribe excessive amounts of antibiotics. Antibiotics though necessary sometimes, should not be given indiscriminately as they can weaken a child’s immunity and may also occasionally make the children resistant to the oft-taken antibiotics.

11 foods to Keep Your Child’s Immunity Going

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It takes more than just an apple a day to keep the doctor away. You need a variety of foods to help you to fight disease and keep your immunity pepped up. It’s your immunity which is the natural defender against disease, and fortunately you need not travel too far to pick and choose your immunity booster foods. They are easily available in your local grocery store and many foods work in synergy with your body to ward off the big ‘D’.

 

Yoghurt

Yoghurt not only tastes yummy but is loaded with ‘friendly’ bacteria called probiotics that help to ward off other unwanted organisms in the intestinal tract, keeping the digestive system clean and well-functioning. Although probiotics are commercially available in the form of pills, yoghurt, being a natural source, is better absorbed and assimilated.

 

Cruciferous vegetables

Cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts are rich in choline, an essential micronutrient, as well as in anti-oxidants, especially glutathione. They are especially beneficial in keeping the digestive tract healthy and upbeat.

Barley and Oats

Both these foods have high beta- glucan content. Beta-glucan is the soluble fibre which has antimicrobial as well as anti-oxidative properties. Plus, both barley and oats also help to keep glucose levels in check, reduce blood pressure and beat high cholesterol.

 

Mushrooms

Mushrooms contain an important anti-oxidant, ergothioneine, that has been seen to be particularly beneficial for white as well as red blood cells. Additionally, mushrooms have been observed in many studies to have anti-cancer properties.

 

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato, eaten along with its skin is rich in beta carotene which is a primary source for vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an important role in formation of the protective layers of skin and mucous membranes, protecting the body from many infections. Other foods rich in vitamin A include carrot, squash, pumpkin, etc.

 

Garlic

Garlic contains an active compound called allicin that has anti-microbial properties. Having garlic daily has been known to reduce chances of intestinal and rectal cancers too.

 

Cinnamon

This incredible spice has lots of goodness hidden within it. Used in the natural or powdered form, it has the power to fight different types of organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses.

 

Tea

 Tea has the natural amino acid, L- theanine that helps to specifically boost immunity conferred by T-Cells of the body. Additionally, anti-oxidants in tea have amazing reparative and healing properties. Whether you have white, yellow, green or black tea, the bottomline is tea is great for health.

 

Chicken Broth

Chicken broth contains an amino acid called cysteine that helps fight infections. The natural saltiness helps to thin the mucus lining especially when you suffer from cold or flu symptoms.

 

Fish

 Shell fish such as oysters, lobsters, crabs, clams, etc. are formidable sources of selenium that helps the body to fight infections especially those caused by viruses. Salmon, mackerel, herring, etc. on the other hand, are rich in omega 3 fatty acids that help in prevent flu and inflammatory diseases.

A great immunity is not just about eating well. It is about eating right. With these easily available superfoods, you can be rest assured for protection from disease. Another thing that warrants mention here is Homeopathy!

 

Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the healthiest fruits around. Loaded with water, minerals and vitamins, this red miracle is a treat on the taste buds as well as for your immune system.

 

 

Raising Happy Children

 

The joy of being a parent comes with a huge bunch of responsibilities and duties. ‘Raising kids’ or ‘parenting’ is something which does not come with any guidelines nor are there any rules written down in any textbook. They differ from child to child and from parent to parent – based on every child and parent’s capacity and needs.

 

A lot of parents want their kids to live and fulfill the dream they have conceived for their children – forgetting in the bargain – that their children are individuals with their own dreams, desires and capacities. For example a doctor dad will want his son to fill in his shoes after him and not let him explore other options. A sportsman will expect their kids too to excel in sports even if they aren’t inclined towards it. A business man will want his child to look after his empire and force him to give up his dreams of becoming a singer. But is it fair to them? Is it worth making your kids run the race you are running at the cost of their happiness? Is raising your kids to be super successful more important than raising them to be happy and good human beings?

 

I think raising your kids to be ‘happy’ and ‘confident’ is all that is required. Because once you get these two in place, the rest follows automatically. Rules, curfews, punishments and rewards – all are subjective things and may vary from child to child – but if you can give your child ‘unconditional love’ little else will be required beyond that. Your kids will thrive with all that love and grow up to be beautiful human beings.

 

Follow these simple steps to happy parenting…

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Eating together

In the daily hustle and bustle of life, we seem to have totally forgotten this simple, subtle yet very important thing which helps keep a family happy and well-bonded. Talking over dinner about what happened throughout the day and sharing the details of the day and encouraging your children to do so makes them feel wanted and loved. This is necessary in cases where both the parents are working and their children get very less time with them.

*Encourage them to express their feelings, especially negative emotions *

Teach your children that happiness, joy, sadness, anger, disappointment and love are all emotions and it is absolutely okay to experience them. Sharing their emotions and the incidents which lead to those emotions will help them understand why it happened and will make them overcome it the next time. Don’t force them to snap out of it unresolved.

 

Research has shown that children of families who eat together have decreased incidence of depression, alcohol and substance abuse as teenagers and also show reasonable teenage-behavior patterns.

 

Build a connection with everyone in the family[]

Convey to your kids that everyone in the family i.e. from siblings, grandparents, aunts-uncles and cousins are all as important as parents. Each one has his or her different role in the family and they should love and respect everyone as much, especially in India where some of us live in a joint-family set up. Don’t forget that kids learn mostly by observation and they will imitate you and your relationships with everyone.

 

Accept failures

As an inevitable part of growing up, kids are going to make certain mistakes, face failures and even feel dejected from time to time. Don’t let your love for them falter at such times. Correct them if they are wrong, punish if required and offer support and help if that is what they need. But NEVER withdraw your love at such times.

Poor performance in school or a competition, poor grades etc should not de-motivate you or your kid. Your kid may be the best for you, but he or she may not be the best everywhere and in everything he does. Accept it and learn to be positive during unfavorable circumstances. Instead of focusing on his weaknesses, focus on his strong points.

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Point out their mistakes but do not overdo it

As a parent it is very important for you to give a ‘reality check’ to your child from time to time. Correcting them when they are wrong, pointing out their mistake when they falter will help them improve. However, doing it too often will make your child feel unloved and give rise to anger, anxiety or sudden outbursts of rage.

 

How easy our lives would have been if ‘happiness’ was a pill, which we could take three times a day! Happiness is a state of mind that can be produced by positive vibes and pleasant emotions. You cannot expect to have happy children if you yourself are not happy. Kids who see conflicts in the family or between their parents cannot be happy. They absorb the vibes of their surroundings. If you want your kids to be happy, you need to be happy first!

 

Eating Habits

 

Handling fussy eaters smartly

Picky eating seems like a natural ritual of childhood and is a phase almost all kids and parents go through. Handling a fussy eater is extremely frustrating and definitely not as simple as child health experts make it sound! It takes infinite patience and limitless energy to get a fussy eater to down some veggies. And sometimes nothing works. From bribing to appreciating – to coaxing and convincing – even storytelling! Parents are willing to try everything under the sun to make their little ones eat some nutritious food with little to no luck. We’ve jotted down some tips to help you handle your little fussy eater:

 

Be Portion appropriate

Be realistic about your child’s portions of food; the size of a toddler’s stomach is only about his clenched fist. Your child will only eat how much he can plus the appetite tends to decrease as the child grows with stability.

 

Healthy may not be tasty? Ugh

Not true. Healthy foods like vegetables and fruits can be made tastier by combining them with those ingredients that your child likes. For example, you can mix in some French fries with main dish of baby carrots and that’s how new healthier foods can be introduced in the diet. Children do tend to like sweets more than savouries as their sweet taste buds develop earlier than the rest and the first introductory diet is milk which is sweet of course. Try to give some healthier sweet like a fruit based dessert like an apple pie etc.

 

Let the child decide

Include your children in planning menus and involve them in some basic processes of stirring a salad or filling up tarts or layering pizzas. Children love to eat foods when they are involved like that. It is independence that they want at the end and they will make sure that their efforts are appreciated.

 

Snack it right

The commonest trait in all fussy eaters is that they are “grazers” and they love to snack at intervals throughout the day as against having proper meals. Ensure you do not buy unhealthy snacks on the first place and strictly do not stack them up in your kitchen cabinets. Children are more likely to fuss about foods when they see tasty, but unhealthy snacks stored in the kitchen; chances are they would want to eat only that.

 

Liquids are no substitutes

Giving milk, or fruit juices or soda instead of meals will only reduce their appetites. Adding some solid chunks of veggies in the soups or some dried fruits in the porridge will help them start solid foods in an easier way.

 

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Do not give up

Often children try the food you want to introduce at least 10-12 times after they start having it. So don’t give up on your second or third time but keep trying.

 

Happy Hours

Make meal times happier by having some good laughs at dinner table, talking, sharing all the good things that happened throughout the day etc. A strict no-no to TV, mobile phones, video games while eating should be a rule for one and all. Eating should not be associated to stress, fights and arguments.

 

Be a good role model

Eating everything from your own plates, being open about trying new foods and staying happy while eating are traits that children should observe in you so they can follow the same.

Forcing and nagging will not help, so don’t even go there. And most importantly, do not panic if you think your child is not gaining weight. Keep in touch with your doctor if you are excessively worried. Be patient and at ease and your child will happily eat what you serve just by being the smart parent that you are.

Eating Spinach the Fun Way

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How about

some

Spinach???

 

All the mothers should be extremely happy that because of the cartoon character ‘Popeye’ the most nutri-dense vegetable is on our children’s favourites list. Spinach is a super star among vegetables as it is loaded with plenty of vitamins, minerals and protein. Not only is it great for growing children, it is very good for us too. It strengthens our bones, increases our blood haemoglobin levels and boosts our immunity, among other things.

We’ve put together two quick-fix spinach recipes for your little ones. These recipes are high on nutrition as well as taste and short on time!!! You will be able to spin out these yummy healthy meals in no time!!!

 

Spinach Corn and Cheese Rice

 

Spinach and Cottage Cheese Taco

 

Ingredients:

1 bunch of spinach, washed and chopped

1 tsp Garlic

1 tsp Chilli paste

150gm grated cottage cheese

1.5 cup Wheat Flour

2 Tbsp oil; Salt to taste

 

Nutritional Value of Spinach:

• Iron: 200gms of spinach contain about 50% of our daily iron re quirement

• Antioxidants: Such as Vitamin A and C

• Vitamin B complex: It contains Vitamin B6, B1, riboflavin, folates and niacin.

• Vitamin K: Just 100gms of spinach provides 2 days daily requirement of Vitamin K.

• Important Minerals: Manganese,

Magnesium, Copper and Zinc

 

Know Your Baby

 

Every time a baby cries and a wave of anxiety sweeps the entire house. Parents and grandparents – all gather around to soothe the baby. Each one has their own bunch of reasons and interpretations as to why the baby is crying. Mommy says he or she is hungry, granny says its colic and poor daddy is probably too confused to answer. There is no getting around it! Babies cry for everything – it is how they communicate hunger, pain, fear, need for sleep, discomfort or more.

 

So how is one supposed to know what the baby is trying to tell them? Trying to interpret what your child’s cries mean can be quite tricky, especially in the beginning. While babies can cry for simple reasons like hunger or need for sleep, excessive crying can be an indication of some underlying issue. Below are some of the commonest reasons as to why your little one could be wailing.

 

Hunger

This is the first reason which should come to your mind when your baby cries. Learning to recognize the signs of hunger in your baby will help you to start the feed before he or she cries. Signs of hunger in infants include fussing, smacking of lips, putting their hands into their mouth. Also if the baby becomes quiet when put to the breast or fed confirms hunger as the reason of crying.

Dirty Diaper

Some babies cry and let you know right away that their diaper needs to be changed while some can tolerate it for quite some time.

 

Need for sleep

Babies can sleep anytime anywhere! Don’t we all think so? However, that is not the case all the time. It is harder for them to sleep anywhere & under any circumstance. Instead of simply nodding off to sleep, your baby might become fussy and cry when in need of sleep especially if they are too tired. Some babies need a quiet room, some need some darkness and some need to be held by their mommies and be rocked to sleep.

 

Need to be held

As your newborn grows and starts recognizing voices and faces, crying could be their way of asking you to hold them close. They like seeing faces of their parents and hearing their voices and can sense their unique smell in an instant. Cuddle them as often as you wish. Too much of cuddling and attention can never spoil your baby, on the contrary, it actually helps in building a strong emotional bond of trust and comfort with the parents.

 

Too Hot or Too Cold

It is common for babies to cry if you have over wrapped them, as they like to be bundled or kept warm, but if it gets too warm for them they may cry due to discomfort! Alternatively, they might cry if they feel cold when you undress them to change their diaper etc.

Tummy Troubles

Tummy troubles can make the babies howl in agony. Most infants experience some form of tummy trouble from time to time but excessive or continued trouble needs a thorough evaluation of the possible reasons.

A commonest tummy trouble in infants is infantile colic. Colic is usually a result of gas that can make him miserable until he works it out. To avoid discomfort due to colic, simple burping technique (holding the baby on your shoulder and patting his back after each feed) should be practiced.

Other reasons of abdominal pain include reflux, milk allergy, lactose intolerance, stomach flu, constipation etc.

Discomfort

Any kind of physical discomfort as a result from anything like scratchy clothes or fabrics, a hard poky spot or a hair wrapped tightly around a tiny finger or toe can make a baby uncomfortable. This is commonly referred to as a ‘Hair Tourniquet’, which is a painful situation as it cuts off circulation.

Too much or too little stimulation

Your baby might cry due to either of these. However, they like playing and discovering new things but sometimes too much of light, noise or sounds can irritate the baby. In addition, there may be some babies who out rightly have a demand to be kept active and do not like when they are left alone.

Teething

Teething can be a very painful experience for your baby as the tooth pushes through tender gums. If your baby is 5 months and above and is having unexplained bouts of crying try feeling his or her gums with your finger. You may find the hard rub of a baby’s tooth which is on its way out! Some babies may suffer more than the others but all are likely to be irritable and cranky at some point during their teething journey.

 

Ill or sick

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If you have addressed your baby’s basic needs and comforted your baby but you still find your baby crying, your baby could be ill. Check his temperature to rule out fever and other signs of illnesses. Usually a sick baby cries in a way, which can be easily distinguished from a cry of hunger or frustration. In such cases, it is better to trust your instincts and seek a doctor’s help for the same.

 

Understand Your Child

 

Speech Disorders

The greatest joy for a parent is to hear his or her child speak. From their continuous babble, to their first word and their first sentence – is all beautiful. Parents love the feeling when they are finally able to communicate with their child and your child gives a meaningful response to their questions. Development of speech and language takes some time in children, but it is all a beautiful journey.

 

Girls learn to speak faster than boys do and children who spend more time with parents or caregivers who talk to them learn to speak faster than the children who spend most of their time alone.

 

Speech by itself is the first sign of expression that a child develops after birth – a neonate or an infant cries to grab attention, a baby between three to six months of age babbles and coos in response to someone talking to them, children by the age of one year are able to speak in monosyllables and so on.

 

Parents often get worried if their kid takes some more time than what is expected to start talking. They rush to the pediatrician or to a speech therapist to find out if their child has some kind of abnormality. Kids take their own time to start talking and there are no fixed rules, but by and large, by the age of 2.5 years all kids are able to convey what they want and what they are feeling in short sentences.

 

‘Speech Disorders’ are a group of conditions where a child faces problems in creating or forming speech sounds. It is important to understand that these are different from Language disorders. In language disorders a child has difficulty in understanding what people are trying to say. Speech Disorders means difficulty is speech in terms of clarity, pace, initiation etc.

 

They comprise of the following conditions:

Voice disorders are caused due to issues or obstruction of the air passages and vocal cords. These are commonly caused by overgrowths which can be either non-cancerous for e.g. nasal polyps, cysts, laryngeal webs, clefts in the palate or can be cancerous (cancer of the throat or vocal cords). Any kind of nerve damage around the vocal cords or even acid reflux/regurgitation from the stomach can produce this type of speech disorder. The medical conditions, which belong to this category, include Vocal cord nodules and polyps, Vocal cord paralysis and Spasmodic Dysphonia.

 

 

How to identify this type of disorder?

Your child may have an alerted pitch of voice i.e. his or her voice may be too loud or too low and too sharp at certain points. The child might gasp for air in the middle of the sentence or your child might have hoarse voice.

 

Articulation defects or articulation disorders- these may be caused due to an abnormality in the muscles and the bones of the mouth and throat, which are required to produce sounds, or by damage to the brain during birth resulting into cerebral palsy which in turn leads to reduced or no control over the muscles which produce speech. The medical conditions, which belong to this category, include Dysarthria and Childhood Apraxia of Speech

 

How to identify this type of disorder?

Your child is likely to have this kind of speech disorder if he or she makes sounds that are distorted and often has difficulty in pronouncing consonants; these are either changed or omitted while speaking. Kids with articulation disorders often speak in a way, which can only be understood by parents or caregivers as they are used to the sounds they make to convey a particular message.

 

I look at my children while sipping coffee every morning; they are usually busy playing with their dinky cars, racing them over pretend roads and bridges and running around the house with glee! Only too happy to care for anything or anyone around them!

This is bliss, I think! No errands to run. No bills to pay. No deadlines to honor! There is nothing they need to worry about! But it is not entirely true. Even very young children have worries and feel stress to some degree.

 

What are their worries?

Children, like adults, experience stress too. It can come from various sources – ‘perceived’ expectations of their parents and teachers, making and sustaining friendships or academic performances in school.

Kids feel stress as a result of certain expectations or demands placed on them. But it also comes from within, as a result of what they think they should be doing as opposed to what they are able to do.

Some stress is good for kids because it can drive them to do better and push them to realize their full potential. A little anxiety before an exam or a sports event can affect their performance in a positive way. But too much stress, however, can create unnecessary challenges and hardships.

It is important to be aware of feelings of overwhelming stress in our children or teens so that timely support and guidance can be provided to them and help them successfully tide over difficult times. Unfortunately, as parents, we often miss picking up signs of stress in our children.

 

Here are some tips which will help you recognize possible signs of stress in your children:

 

Look out for any drastic changes in their behavior patterns

Children are unable to recognize, verbalize or communicate feelings of stress effectively. They often internalize these feelings without properly understanding them. When unduly stressed, children become irritable, moody and lose interest in things they ordinarily used to enjoy. If your child has been complaining more than usual about school; or is crying more than normal; or has been displaying more fear than usual; is clinging to you more than before or if his/her eating and sleeping patterns have changed – he/she could be under some kind of stress.

For example, if there is something disturbing in school, your child may refuse to go to school, or deliberately sleep till late so that she or she will be late for school. Try to find out the reason they are avoiding school and then address it. Is it a strict teacher, or is some aggressive kid is bullying your child or is she/he feeling lost in school and unable to understand what is being taught in class?

If they have some reservations or insecurities regarding their friends, they may refuse to go down to play with their friends. They may fake stomach aches or headaches and avoid meeting their friends. Sometimes it could be that they are getting bullied by the other kids, or someone may be teasing or troubling him/her.

 

Another sign of stress in kids is their academic performance. If your child’s academic performance has taken a beating off late or his school books come home incomplete or haphazard, something could be up.

Spend more time with your child, talk to them and offer your support and guidance appropriately. Don’t hesitate in taking the help of counselors or doctors. Timely intervention will help your child deal with the situation well.

Some stress is good for kids because it can drive them to do better and push them to realize their full potential. A little anxiety before an exam or a sports event can affect their performance in a positive way. But too much stress, however, can create unnecessary challenges and hardships.

It is important to be aware of feelings of overwhelming stress in our children or teens so that timely support and guidance can be provided to them and help them successfully tide over difficult times. Unfortunately, as parents, we often miss picking up signs of stress in our children.

 

Observe how your child is behaving outside home

Outside the comfort of their home, kids often behave differently. Children often show their aggression or anger outside their home. Inquire about your child and his behavior with other parents and teachers. Make casual conversations with his friends when they come over, so that they feel comfortable with you and would feel free to talk to you in times of trouble. Staying connected and well-networked with the people your child associates with (teachers, friends, other parents etc) will help you stay in the loop during times of concern.

 

Reading in between the lines

Because children are unaware of what stress exactly is – they are not going to come up to you and say, ‘Mom I am stressed!’ They may use words such as ‘worried’ ‘confused’ ‘angry’ ‘don’t know’ ‘can’t understand why’ when expressing their concerns. Some children or teens also express feelings of stress by saying negative things about themselves, like “No one likes me”, “I am not good at anything”, “I am not having fun”. Try to understand why your child or teen is saying these things and whether it is stemming from some kind of stress.

Most parents have the skills to deal with their child’s stress. However, if you feel that your child or teen is showing significant symptoms of stress on a regular basis, seek the help of a counselor or a psychologist. Assistance from trained professionals will help you tackle your children and teen issues with greater efficacy.

 

Temper Tantrums in Children

We were visiting an old school friend the other day. We were having a great time – reminiscing the years gone by, getting nostalgic about our school and college life and catching up with what we’ve missed about each other’s life after we had moved to different cities. It was a beautiful evening until their 18 month old daughter started crying uncontrollably and started banging her head on the wall simply because her mom refused to give her more ice cream!

 

Her loud, ear shattering cries filled the room and the toddler showed no signs of becoming quiet. My husband and I were feeling as awkward as our friends were. Later, after she calmed down, my friend told us that she behaves like this often; whenever she was hungry, tired or feeling neglected she would get in to a fit of rage, leaving everyone around her troubled, anxious and feeling helpless. Our friends had tried several ways of calming her down during her temper tantrums but nothing seemed to help. In fact they were considering consulting a psychiatrist.

 

Were these ‘Temper tantrums’ or something more serious?

Temper tantrums are common in children around 15-18 months of age and peak around 2 years of age. They are characterized by whining and crying, kicking, hitting and breath holding. It is seen in both boys and girls. Some kids present with it often and some kids present with this rarely. These episodes gradually subside between the ages of 3-6 years as the child learns to control his negativism.

Temper tantrums develop when the kids start developing language skills and become independent i.e. are able to do some activity without the help of their caregivers. They want control and independence, sometimes even more than they are capable of handling, therefore when a kid discovers that he/she cannot do it on his own and cannot have what he wants, he may throw a tantrum.

In such situations, parents often end up losing their equilibrium and end up hitting or punishing the kid. This is the biggest mistake that one can make! Instead of looking at your child tantrums as disastrous situations, one not only should behave reasonably but also should use these episodes as opportunities for education.

You have to understand that during such episodes, your child is seeking power and attention. Hence punishing them in such situations will only leave a negative impact on their mental health.

 

Here are three important tips to stop and prevent these terrible temper tantrums!

Act Bored!

It is commonly seen that kids resort to this kind of behavior when they are in public. So if you are shopping and the whining starts, act as if you are uninterested. It is true that your child may be having a tantrum episode but it is not compulsory for you to participate in it! Walk away or try to look busy with your shopping when your child realizes that he/she cannot get what he wants, he will eventually stop crying and will not repeat the same behavior again!

Control your reaction

Remember, that during such episodes what a child requires the most is your attention! Give no reaction, no words and no eye contact at all!

Time out and the Time in procedure

This is the most common technique recommended by child psychologists worldwide. In the ‘time out phase, one makes the child to stay alone and in a quiet place for about a minute. This will help the child to self regulate his out of control emotional response. This should be followed by the ‘time in phase’ where you welcome him back into the social group with a hug and affectionate words.

Above it all, it is important for you to avoid the induction of such episodes. When you know that your child is tired and can get outrageous, it will not be an ideal time for you to finish shopping or run one more errand. You have to wisely choose your battles and accommodate when you can!

You can resort to medical help when you feel that the situation is not coming under control even after trying the above measures for a reasonably long time and also if these episodes do not seem to reduce with the child’s increasing age.

A Probable Reason Behind Your Child’s Silence

 

Children are a blessing from up above, and every child is special in their own special way. If we want them to bloom in to beautiful adults: we must cherish them – just the way they are; accept them – for what they are and love them – unconditionally.

I know all these things are easier said than done, because at every point the preacher, the teacher and the admonisher in us jump out at every given chance. Especially so, when our child is differently gifted child. However, if we learn to accept them for what they are, we will be able to make a world of a difference for them.

Among the several developmental disorders commonly seen in children, autism is quite common. Read on to find out more about it:

Autism is a behavioural disorder characterised by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviours. Though present since birth, it usually gets picked up by the child’s parents between the ages of 3 months to 3 years, depending on the severity.

The core symptoms which define autism are listed below, however it is important to understand that because autistic children display a whole range of symptoms – in varied combinations and severity – no two children with autism will have the same experience or same struggle.

 

Communication Challenges

Infants try to express themselves in every way they can – they cry when unhappy, quieten down when given what they want, make some sound or expression to tell you what they are feeling. By the time they are one they turn and look at you when you call out to them, have quite a few words in their vocabulary, point at objects they want and are able to communicate their joy and displeasures to everyone around. By contrast, toddlers who have autism have significant delays and do not speak until much later. They seldom express their feelings and seem to want nothing, they are lost in their own world and make no effort in trying to communicate with their caretakers. When they actually start to speak – they may speak only single words or repeat the same word over and over again. They combine words that make no sense together and often repeat the question asked to them verbatim instead of answering it.

Some mildly affected children exhibit only slight delays in language, and may even be ahead of their peers as far as vocabulary and speech is concerned. But cannot have a conversation with others because they tend to speak in monologues without waiting for the other person to respond. In short, the normal give-and-take of conversation is difficult for them.

 

Social-Interaction Difficulties

Infants are social by nature. They readily grasp your finger, turn their head towards voices, gaze at your face, smile when you talk to them, and babble in reply to your questions. Autistic infants on the other hand show no interest in people and have difficulty in interacting with others. There are significant delays in developing non-verbal communication skills, such as eye-to-eye contact, smiling and facial expressions. Autistic kids seem to be disconnected and prefer to play alone. They may not respond to their name and hardly make any friends – if at all.

 

Repetitive Behaviours

Autistic kids can spend hours doing one particular thing over and over again. For example, if they are jumping they will jump endlessly, if they are arranging their toys in a line, they will go on arranging and re-arranging it until you shake them out of it. Younger children with autism can get obsessed with particular parts of their toys, instead of the whole toy. For example, they will play with their doll’s hands or a soft-toy’s eye. They are unable to focus on more than one thing at a time, and cannot look at a toy in an integrated way.

This is just a broad overview of the symptoms of autism. I would like to reiterate the fact that there can be many other symptoms and vast variations in the symptoms that are observed in children with autism. But the most important thing to remember is that being aware about the condition and accepting it is our biggest strength. Once we do that, we can conquer Autism!

 

Autism – Seeing the World from a Different Angle

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‘Autism’, the word itself gives you an image of a child who is unable to speak and comprehend easily; a child who has difficulty in social interactions; someone who has delayed learning; someone who makes repetitive use of words or gestures; someone who cannot define his/her emotions at the right time and at the right place. Yes, these may be symptoms of Autism, but there is much more than this in a child with Autism. Autism is just a part of who the child may be, it does not define the one suffering from it.

 

It is very important for people to learn ways to deal with someone who has Autism or falls in the Autism spectrum disorders. Parents of such kids eventually learn to deal with their kids, but the most difficult part is to make strangers, relatives and even close family members understand that an Autistic child does not need your ‘sympathy’ but needs your ‘empathy’.

 

Here’s a list of what you need to know if you have someone suffering from Autism around you:

Not all the kids with Autism are the same; you may think you know the signs and symptoms of Autism but what you may observe in every child may be different.

Don’t get awkward in front of a child with Autism, the more awkward you get, the more they will shy away from you.

They are kids and need as much love as a normal kid would require. They need your love and love you back equally if you show them how much you love them!

They have difficulties in communication, but if you pay close attention, you will realize that they have their own unique ways of making you understand what they want or how they are feeling. For example, some autistic kids convey that they are happy and excited by making strange noises.

They have difficulty in understanding what you say. So whenever you talk to them be simple and straight with your words. Multiple instructions/ commands/ idioms/ phrases/ sarcasms are not for them.

When you talk to them, be patient and wait for their reply. The reply may not be as expected, but they will manage to convey what they are trying to say with the help of gestures, words or sounds.

To learn a new thing, they need to see it. It may take longer than normal, but don’t forget that their visual memory is stronger that you can even imagine.

They do not have instant processing skills. In order to make them understand – one may have to say things repeatedly.

If they are sitting alone in a playground, it does not necessarily mean that they do not want to play with other kids. It may be that they simply do not know how to start a conversation with other kids or do not know how to play the game! Help them out, ease their anxiety.

There is usually a fixed pattern when these kids undergo a meltdown. There are also certain things that can trigger a meltdown in such kids. Try to identify them and avoid those triggers.

Focus on the things that they can do instead of the things that they cannot do. There is more than one way to get things done. You have to be patient enough to identify their strengths.

They are kids with special needs. Nevertheless, they are as smart, thoughtful and as creative as a normal child would be.

They may appear withdrawn, absent minded or be mean to you. However, they are just trying to defend themselves. An environment full of noise, crowd or hustle bustle may appear intimidating to them. Don’t judge them. Try to empathize with them.

The whole idea is to understand that these kids are different. You cannot forcefully mould them to fit the social norms or behaviour patterns that you think is acceptable. When you come across an autistic child, instead of creating an aura of awkwardness around them accept them as they are. Give them unconditional love, comfort, empathy and compassion. They are humans just like us…they are just differently-abled!

 

Moving Ahead With ADHD

 

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can find school life quite challenging. And it is completely understandable, given their inability to focus and sit still. Kids with ADHD find it difficult to organize, solve problems and exercise self-regulation. If something doesn’t interest them, they just won’t do it. They could sit in front of their homework for hours together and still manage to write only a few words. They are impulsive and cannot control their whims and desires. If they feel like getting up and running around in class, they will. They can’t help it.

The academic performance of a child with ADHD is affected by several factors, such as genetics and environmental influences. While we can’t alter their genes, we definitely can positively influence their environment. With a little help from you their academic achievements can get better.

Listed below are a few effective ADHD management tips which are sure to help:

 

Communicate with your child’s teacher

Every child with ADHD is different. And it is unfair to put all of them in one big bracket. Talk to your child’s teacher about his personality and temperament. As a parent you probably know what works and what doesn’t with your child, share those observations with his teacher. It will help her handle him better.

 

Help Your ADHD child get organized

Organization skills are a huge problem for those suffering with ADHD. They are unable to keep things in an orderly fashion. Their books, papers, clothes and toys – almost everything will be all over the place. The books will have empty pages in between the ones that have work written on it, some pages could be missing and some of the pages may be torn. Help them organize themselves – simplify it for them with the help of checklists and charts.

 

[*Here are some examples for your reference: *]

• Colour-code their racks – things that belong together can be marked with one common colour

• Give them a check-list they could refer to while getting ready for school in the morning

• Give them a chart for every day of the week, to keep track of the day’s activities

Monitor their Progress

Keep a diary where you can jot down all his progress and developments. Get in to a system with his teacher whereby you meet her at regular intervals, and communicate weekly. Jot down your observations regarding his behaviour with dates in place. This will help you to compare his behavioural changes over time.

 

Homeopathy for ADHD

The role of Homeopathy in treating ADHD and behavioural disorders has been enormous. The highly individualistic and holistic approach of this science offers a safe, gentle and effective solution for diseases such as ADHD, Autism etc.

The best thing about Homeopathy is that the medicines are individualized for each patient. The remedy given to a particular kid will be different from the remedy given to another kid with the same problem. The medicines are carefully selected by taking in to consideration the patient’s individualistic traits, behaviour and symptoms – thereby making it highly specific for an individual.

Also, the medicines are mostly made from natural resources, thereby making them safe, pure, chemical and side-effect free.

A lot of research done in the recent past has proved that this holistic science is one of the best and safest treatment options available for behavioural disorders.

 

ADHD is considered to be a difficult condition to live with, but if you help your child accept rather than struggle against it – all of life’s possibilities will open up for him. You can help your child find personal and professional success in the future by helping them identify their strengths and then capitalize on them.

 

Natural Remedies

 

Soothe that Nagging Cough with Natural Remedies

Unceasing and relentless cough can be quite a bummer. Imagine the embarrassment if a bout of cough would strike you in the middle of a lecture, a seminar, a stage performance or when you are talking, singing or teaching. Persistent coughing can be quite bothersome for you and the others around you. Apart from all the distress it causes, coughing is also exhaustive. It can tire you and the continuous hacking could also result in pain in the chest muscles.

What is a cough?

Cough is a reflex which helps the throat to get rid of the excess accumulation of mucus/phlegm or irritants. Coughing can be a symptom of a simple common cold or some serious lung disease. If you have a sensitive immune system, coughing can be a sign of allergies due to dust, pollen, chemicals or certain food items.

Cough with phlegm, also known as ‘wet cough’ or ‘productive cough’ should not be suppressed with cough suppressants. Such type of cough should be treated with remedies which will loosen the phlegm/mucous & assist the body in bringing it out.

Dry cough, on the other hand needs to be treated with remedies that would soothe the irritated mucous membrane as well as the irritant triggering the cough.

There are many types of syrups available in the market for dry and wet cough. However, they are not as effective as the natural and chemical free ingredients available in your kitchen. Here’s a list of the several home remedies which are excellent medicines for cough:

 

1. Honey and Turmeric

Do you know that these two regular household ingredients effectively relieve severe cough? Honey acts as a wonderful balm that soothes an angry irritated throat and is a natural anti-bacterial too. It reduces the duration and intensity of cough. Turmeric has natural healing property. Mixture of honey and turmeric escalates the therapeutic properties of both.

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Pour 1 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl. Add a pinch of turmeric to it. Mix it well till turmeric blends well with the honey. Take it twice daily. Stop it when the cough comes under control.

 

*2. Tulsi or Holybasil *

Holy basil has amazing medicinal powers which relieve not only cough but many other diseases.

It is considered a superlative medicine in Ayurveda and is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, cough and cold. Tulsi increases your immunity and fights against infections. You must have heard about various essential oils available in the market which contain the active ingredients of tulsi or basil but they can be quite heavy on your wallet. Tulsi or holybasil on the other hand is available in your home garden. The essential oils in Tulsi not only ease wet or productive cough and help in expectoration, but also soothe dry cough.

How can you consume Tulsi or Holybasil:

- Pluck 8-10 fresh holy basil leaves and boil them in 300 to 500 ml of water for 5-6 minutes. Let it cool down and drink the water infused with goodness of holy basil. It acts as an excellent cough syrup.

- If you are too pressed for time and even chewing cleaned Tulsi leaves is equally effective.

 

3. Ginger

If you have got the most troubling tickle in the back of your throat, ginger is among the great natural remedies for it. The medicinal power of ginger alleviates cough and soothes irritating dry cough.

How can you consume ginger?

- Crush fresh ginger and put it in 250 ml of water. Boil the water for 2-3 minutes and drink it once it cools down. Repeat it 3 times in a day. For additional benefit, you can combine ginger with honey and few drops of lemon juice.

- The easy and effective option is to chew fresh ginger but remember raw ginger is spicy.

 

4. Onion

No! Not making you cry, but onion too has healing powers to relieve cough. Onion has natural antibiotic and expectorant properties. It builds immunity and throws out accumulated mucus in the throat and lungs, therefore helps in dry as well as wet cough.

How can you consume an onion?

You can cut the fresh onion into slices and eat them. However, most of us avoid doing it because an onion leaves lingering pungent aroma in our breath and mouth.

There is an alternative method, but it requires hard-work.

Chop one large or two small onions into small pieces. Grind it and sieve it through a clean cloth or any sieve to extract the juice. Combine the onion juice with equal part of honey and mix well. Take the thorough solution twice a day for effective results.

 

5. Black pepper

Pepper, the most common and popular spice while preparing any recipe also ranks high on the list of natural remedies for cough. These highly spiced peppers have to be taken along with a natural sweetener like honey or sugar to reduce its strong flavour.

How can you consume black pepper?

Take 2 cups water and add 4-5 freshly ground black pepper into it. Boil till it reduces to half the quantity. Let it cool down and add honey as required. Drink it at night before sleep.

By morning, you will see a significant improvement in your cough.

6. Mustard oil

If you can ignore the strong smell of mustard oil and pay attention to its many benefits, you will realize that it is extremely beneficial for cough. It is a great decongestant for both adults and kids.

How to consume mustard oil for cough?

Simply take small quantity of mustard oil and gently massage it on your chest before going to sleep. It will not only relieve the cough but also give you a sound sleep.

 

7. Carom seeds

The next in the archive of natural remedies for cough is carom seeds, commonly known as ajwain in India. An ancient ingredient in many recipes, it is extremely useful in relieving dry as well as wet cough.

Directions for using ajwain

Add 1 teaspoon of carom seeds in 300 ml of water. Bring it to a boil and cool it. Drink the water entirely and chew the seeds. It acts as a wonderful refresher.

 

8. Peppermint

If you know peppermint only as a mouth fresheners then refresh your knowledge. Peppermint is an important ingredient among the natural remedies for cough.

When there is relentless congestion in the chest, peppermint acts as an expectorant – it loosens the mucus and makes it easy to bring out the phlegm.

How to use peppermint:

Chew few fresh cleaned leaves of peppermint for cool breath as well as for calming hacking cough.

Adding peppermint leaves to your tea will also do the trick.

 

9. Garlic

The verdict on garlic’s medicinal benefits has long been out! Garlic ranks high on the list of natural remedies for cough and is hugely beneficial in dry as well as wet cough.

 

Though garlic adversely affects our breath, it will help you immensely in getting rid of the hacking cough. If you want to increase the speed and effectiveness of garlic, take a handful of chickpeas and 3-4 cloves of garlic. Eat them together, twice a day. Both have potential benefits to relieve cough.

 

10. Steam

The last one in our checklist for natural remedies for cough is steam. You require nothing but a container with boiling water. Bring your face near the mouth of the container. Bend down closer to it and then cover your head with a towel. Humidity created due to steam is a great cough reliever. To maximize on its potential you can add eucalyptus leaves or oil to the water.

 

The next time you or any of your loved ones are down with a bad cough, don’t forget to refer to our list of home remedies – and get safe and natural relief! However, if your cough doesn’t resolve within two weeks, you must see a doctor to rule out an underlying disease condition.

 

Some Facts About Adenoids

 

Enlarged and inflamed adenoids are one of the commonest causes of illness in children. Several kids have enlarged adenoids or suffer from recurrent adenoiditis and are advised surgical removal of adenoids as a preventive measure.

But is surgery the only option? Read on for answers to all the questions regarding Adenoids that could be playing on your mind if your little one has been diagnosed with enlarged adenoids:

 

What Are Adenoids?

Adenoids are nothing but a mass of lymphatic tissues located at the back of the throat. They are similar to tonsils, and are located right above them. Unlike tonsils, which can be easily seen when you open your mouth, adenoids not directly visible. A doctor uses a special instrument to see the adenoids and may ask for an X-ray for a clearer idea.

 

Role of Adenoids

Adenoids and tonsils are part of the immune system. They help to prevent and fight infection in your body by capturing bacteria or germs that enter your body. However, as you get older, your body learns to fight infection in other ways, rendering the adenoids less important. The adenoids therefore, often reduce in size around the age of 6 or 7 and virtually disappear by the time your child hits his teens.

What is adenoiditis?

Adenoids filter out the bacteria from your body; however, sometimes they can get overpowered by the bacteria and become infected themselves. This condition is called adenoiditis and is characterised by pain, inflammation and swelling of the adenoids. It is most often seen only in children but can occasionally be seen in adults too.

Symptom of Enlarged Adenoids

A few children have enlarged adenoids since birth. In others, enlarged adenoids are a result of frequent adenoiditis or allergies. The symptoms could include some or all of the below:

• Enlarged adenoids cause a number of symptoms, such as:

• Blocked, stuffy nose (obstructed na sal passage)

• Snoring and mouth breathing (Chil dren with enlarged adenoids usually sleep with their mouth open)

• Recurrent sore throat

• Difficulty in swallowing

• Sleep Apnoea (obstructive and dis turbed sleep)

• Associated ear problems such as ear infections and decreased hearing

If your child gets repeated adenoid infections, has breathing or sleep issues because of enlarged adenoids – your doctor may advise surgery to remove them.

Homeopathy for Enlarged Adenoids

Homeopathy is a great boon for children who are distressed because of enlarged adenoids. Not only does it save your child from the trauma of undergoing a surgery, but also prevents recurrent adenoiditis and aids size reduction.

Homeopathy medicines, which are mostly made from natural resources such as plants and minerals, are safe, gentle, side-effect and chemical free. With millions of satisfied patients and more than 100 remedies for adenoids, Homeopathy is gaining momentum as the most preferred choice of treatment for enlarged adenoids.

Tackle Tonsillitis Naturally

 

They help by fighting bacteria or viruses that enter your body through the mouth or nose. Because they come in contact with so many viruses and bacteria, they themselves get infected often. The symptoms of tonsillitis are: sore throat, fever, pain while swallowing, hoarseness, visibly red and swollen tonsils and enlarged glands in the neck.

Some children tend to get repeated tonsil infections, and these recurrent attacks of tonsillitis can be quite distressing for both – the kids and the parents.

Listed below are some natural ways to tackle your tonsils:

 

Honey, Ginger and Lemon

Honey, lemon and ginger are one of the oldest cures for colds, coughs and tonsillitis. Because of their anti-viral and anti-allergic properties it is very good at easing inflamed throats and tonsils.

 

Turmeric and Pepper Milk

This is yet another efficacious cure for tonsillitis. Take a glass of milk; add a quarter spoon of turmeric and 3-4 pepper corns. Boil it and drink when warm. It is very soothing and comforting for the throat.

 

Mint Leaves

Mint leaves have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Not only is it good for tonsillitis, it fights bad breath and tooth decay too. Take 10-15 mint leaves; boil them for 5-8 minutes in 2 glasses of water. Gargle with this water at least 2-3 times a day for quick relief from symptoms tonsillitis.

 

Salt Water Gargles

This is an age-old remedy for tonsil pain. Salt is wonderful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. They almost always help in reducing the pain and swelling of tonsillitis.

 

Homeopathy

 

Because of recurrent attacks of tonsillitis, doctors often recommend surgical removal of the tonsils as a solution. And understandably so, parents are extremely hesitant to put their children under the surgeon’s knife – given the risks attached to anaesthesia and any surgical procedure. Homeopathic philosophy, on the other hand, has always supported the fact that tonsils are an integral part of the body’s immune system and should be saved from the surgeon’s knife as far as possible. Homeopathic medicines are so effective in treating recurrent tonsillitis that tonsil-removal surgeries can be completely avoided. Homeopathic holistic remedies strengthen the immune system such that it allows the body to deal with the infections in an efficient manner, without going in to an overwhelming state of inflammation and swelling.

Safe, chemical-free and made from natural resources – homeopathy is one of the best solutions for this exasperating ailment.

 

Runny nose and snuffles in your tiny tots

Did you know that infants in their first year alone can catch the common cold eight times or more! Though these sneezes, constant runny nose and sniffles are rarely serious, they are tough on the babies because infants are too little to know how to blow their nose. As a result their little noses get stuffed up or blocked with discharge leading to breathing difficulties. And this causes a huge hindrance in their beauty sleep!

When the tiny tots are unable to sleep, they can create havoc in their parent’s lives with all that bawling and crying! No wonder parents rush their babies to their paediatricians with the common cold only too often.

However, constant runny nose is not hard to manage. Once you learn a few tricks of the trade you will be able to soothe your little one’s cold with ease.

Causes:

Little babies get so many colds because their immune system isn’t ready to ward off all the viruses in the environment just yet. The viruses make way in to their bodies through the several toys and household things they so readily put in their mouth.

Siblings and parents who have the snuffles or kids at day care with a runny nose are also the common carriers of the virus.

Symptoms:

Babies start to show signs of a cold about 1 to 3 days after they’re infected. The symptoms are stuffy nose, runny nose (watery or thick discharge), sneezing, cough, crankiness and irritability, decreased appetite and difficulty in staying asleep for longer hours. Occasionally the kids may also develop a mild fever and vomiting.

 

What to do:

Common cold or runny nose doesn’t need treatment and often, it resolves on its own within 7-10 days. Many physicians prescribe antibiotics, but it doesn’t always help. Because if the cause of the cold is a virus and not a bacterium, the antibiotic will serve no purpose.

However, to alleviate the symptoms and to help your little one feel better these home remedies along with A LOT OF REST are sure to help:

• Nurse your infant more often. Breast milk is known to have antibodies which help babies fight infection. If your babies are more than 6 months old, warm soups and warm milk with a little turmeric powder can help soothe their throat and nose.

• Add a pinch of salt in a cup of boiled water. Put a few drops of this salt water in your baby’s nostrils with the help of a dropper. This will help loosen up the mucus, which can then be gently sucked out with the help of a bulb syringe or blown out in older kids.

• For kids over 6 months, mix a few drops of fresh ginger juice and lemon with honey and give this to your child twice a day. It helps decrease nasal discharge and throat inflammation.

• Basil or Tulsi leaves have great anti-inflammatory properties. Boil approximately 10 tulsi leaves in 2 cups of water. Let your child (only if he is 6 months or older) drink this throughout the day. This is sure to alleviate his symptoms.

• Take some Ajwain (also known as bishop’s weed or carom) in a thin muslin cloth. Bundle it up and hold it over a hot plate or shallow pan. Rub this warm bundle over your child’s chest (not directly on his skin, make sure he’s wearing a thin cotton tee) several times and re-heating it if required. This is known to help in cold, cough and runny nose.

• A cool-mist humidifier will add moisture to the air and keep your baby’s nose from drying out. Be sure to wash out the machine after each use to prevent bacteria and mould build up.

Cure Eczema in Babies Naturally

 

When I think of babies the first thing that comes to my mind is their skin. It is so soft, smooth and so supple, that I can’t help but cuddle them endlessly. However, most kids get eczema at one point or another, causing their skin to break out in to itchy, red patches. The commonest type of eczema seen in children is atopic dermatitis or infantile eczema. It occurs because of over-sensitivity to allergens in the environment such as pollens, moulds, dust, animal dander, and certain foods. Ask mothers whose babies suffer from eczema and they are sure to make you count the sleepless nights they’ve spent trying to quieten their irritable, itchy babies.

 

Recognize the Signs and Symptoms

Eczema in babies looks like small round patches of red skin, dry and itchy. While it may appear just about anywhere on the body, is usually appears first on the cheeks, then spreading to forhead, scalp, bends of elbows and knees.

Homoeopathy is Natural and Gentle – Just like a Mother’s Touch

Among the many natural, holistic treatment options available, Homoeopathy is the safest, quickest and the gentlest solution for eczema in children. They can be safely given to babies as young as a few months old to older school-going children.

All homoeopathic medicines are made from naturally occurring substances like plants and minerals, and have absolutely no side effects. This is because the medicines are prescribed in very mild doses – potencies which are best suited to babies.

Over 100 homoeopathic medicines are known to be effective in treatment as well as prevention of eczema. It can successfully reduce the body’s sensitivity to the environmental allergens that cause the disease, thereby leading to cure.

 

Here are some Homoeopathic Remedies that are very effective in treating Eczema in Babies:

 

[*Rhus toxicodendron: *]Very good remedy for Eczema with red, swollen, blister-like eruptions that itch intensely, and are relieved by hot application.

 

Mezereum: Eruptions which start with blisters followed by oozing and formation of thick crusts. Intense itching ameliorated by cold application. Skin is thickened due to scratching.

 

Thuja: Dry skin with brown, thick spots. Eruptions on scratching mainly on covered parts. Very sensitive to touch.

 

[*Apis Mellifica: *]Thick, rose-coloured rashes, can be felt as rough rashes under fingers. Aggravated by heat and skin is sensitive to touch.

 

Graphites: Eczema with thick sticky discharge, dirty looking skin, chilly patient with marked aversion to sweets.

 

These Homoeopathic Remedies are known to be very effective in curing eczema; however it is advisable to take them under a Homoeopath’s supervision.

 

Homeopathy For Your Children

 

Becoming a parent and having a child completely changes your world. Your world begins to revolve around your kids and their happiness. All you want is to provide them with the best of everything. Parents tend to be more concerned about their child’s safety, food-diet, health and hygiene than they are about themselves. Today with increasing awareness, parents want good quality health care services for their children even in case of minor ailments.

 

The moment one sees their child sneezing, coughing or crying due to pain or some health issue, they succumb to anxiety and rush to the nearest doctor hoping that the doctor will make their child’s problem go away. And almost invariably, the physician will prescribe a mixture of medicines in varying doses for relief. What most of us fail to understand is that kids and their immature organ system deals with drugs differently as compared to a grown up’s. Medicines given to our children should be as natural and organic as possible and also be free from chemicals and side-effects. The human organism is resilient and adapts to everything around him. However, a child’s body is fragile especially during infancy hence it is necessary to opt for a mode of treatment that does not do any harm to your kid.

 

Talking about safe and side-effect free treatment options Homeopathy scores highest among the various natural and holistic treatment options available. Owing to the safety of Homeopathy medicines, Homeopathy is considered to be the ideal treatment option for infants, toddlers and older kids. Millions of people worldwide recognize the effectiveness and safety of Homeopathy treatment and are resorting to it for their children’s health needs. In some countries, it is seen that Homoeopathy is no longer considered as an ‘alternative medicine’. It is, in fact, fast becoming the most preferred system of medicine

 

Homoeopathy is effective in treating variety of troubles that a child faces. Whether it is an infantile colic, teething trouble, aches and pains or even a behavioral disturbance Homoeopathy can manage them all. The Homoeopathic system of medicine works from within, it helps in strengthening a child’s immunity and thus helps in keeping illnesses at bay. It strengthens the child’s natural defenses so that he or she can fight off the cold or flu that every child around him may be facing. And helps them stay healthy and illness-free for longer durations of time.

 

Homoeopathic medications not only relieve common and acute problems of children but also prevent recurrent episodes of ill-health. Recurrent tonsillitis, enlarged adenoids, bedwetting, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, constipation and many more illnesses can be safely and effectively treated with Homeopathy. Emotional and behavioral disorders such as anxiety, depression, defiant or aggressive behaviour can also be treated with Homeopathy.

The biggest advantage of Homeopathy is that the medicines are easy to administer and not bitter. Kids love them as they are small, sweet sugar pills which can be administered directly or can be crushed with the help of spoon and then given to the child. Children willingly and happily take Homeopathy. The amount of lactose content in Homoeopathic medications is so less that it poses no problems even in case of Diabetic children.

 

Homoeopathic system of medication believes that every person is unique and has his or her own ways of reacting to the environment and his or her own unique way of manifesting an illness. Your Homoeopath gives importance to each symptom that your child has, he also takes into consideration the causation of each complaint. It takes into consideration these differentiating, individualizing symptoms for prescribing. Hence, the treatment that each child receives is different from another child suffering from the same ailment.

 

The management strategy for each case is different and thus this approach is of great use in cases of children suffering from behavioral disorders. Homeopathic medications are not habit forming and thus one does not need to worry about ‘drug dependence’ especially in cases of emotional disturbances like ADHD, Autism, & Depression etc.

 

The benefits of Homoeopathy are much more than any other system of Medicine. Hence its time that you be wise, choose Homoeopathy and give your child the safest and most effective treatment for his or her illness.

Doctor’s Say…

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“Homeopathic system of medicine is based on the fact that each human being is a homeostatic organism. Homeostasis is the property by which stability of human body’s internal environment is maintained in response to ever changing external stimuli. The homeostatic process may also be referred to as the life force- the non material entity which differentiates the living from the dead. The life force maintains the internal environment within certain normal limits and also maintains a balance between the body, mind and emotions. At times due to various reasons the life force is unable to function at its optimal best and that is when we end up having disease. Homeopathy aims at correcting this imbalance and thereby leading to health. In this way the patient recovers in the most rapid and natural manner along with achieving longer lasting immunity- the power to fight all illness, which prevents any similar disease occurrences in future.

This ability of our body to adapt to external disturbances and stress is our greatest asset and can be used to treat any illness. This forms the basis of homeopathic treatment.

Choose this revolutionary mode of treatment which removes the cause, revives your internal healing powers and gives you the health you truly deserve.”

 

“Homoeopathy is a medical science based on every individual’s particular attributes and behavioral patterns which the homoeopath’s observant eye can only discern. In the trending times when all the masses are aware of the side effects of  modern medicine, it is imperative that homoeopathy should reach to each and every corner of the world to eradicate disease and garner positive health.”

 

“Homeopathy is the most Fascinating & Powerful System of Medicine in order to strengthen the body’s own defense mechanism.This is because of the Principle of Similar’s which initiates a Self-Healing Response. It  occurs due to  the Extravagant Process of Case Taking wherein the Doctor’s understand the Psycodynamic aspect of each case thoroughly & thus administer a dose so small in nature that it is being compared to the latest Nano-technology.This Nano-pharmacology works upon the patients internal cause of the Derangement in his body and not only heals the body of the Current Affections but also Prevents many such Episodic Attacks as well.”

 

-Dr. Priyanka Dubey

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-Dr. Ishita Dhanuka

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-Dr. Rupali Shah

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“Homeopathy is a scientific way of healing works on the basis of similia similibus curentur.

Like curs like

it means that any substance which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure similiar symptoms in a person who is sick.

The sum of all the symptoms in each individual case of disease must be the sole indication ,the sole guide to direct us in the choice of remedy.”

 

“Homoeopathy is a holistic science.  Homoeopathic medicines are well proved and very efficient since more than 200 years. Individualization is the Key point of  Homoeopathy.”

Dr. Manashi Ghatwal

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-Dr. Bhavna Chugh

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Welcome Cure

This first book is dedicated to children related health issues. Children are special to all of us. They give us immense joy and pleasure and as parents all of us feel like we want protect them from all the harmful things - especially when it comes to their health. As a Homeopath I advocate natural and holistic treatment options for all our kind of health problems. In this book, there are some valuable and effective natural treatment options for children related issues. The reason why I enjoyed reading it is because the language is simple and makes for an interesting read – especially if you are a non-medical person. At no point will you feel like you didn’t understand what you read. Homeopathy is a big boon for children as homeopathy medicines are safe, gentle and at the same time effective. If you combine it with natural therapies you are sure to reap plenty of benefits from it.

  • ISBN: 9781370204939
  • Author: Jikkumon
  • Published: 2017-01-25 14:05:32
  • Words: 14748
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