We all dread the horrible stomach bug, because we know that when one of your family members get it, it will make its way through the whole family. It doesn't have to be that way. I would love to share how to get rid of the stomach bug at the first sign, and even help others not get it themselves.
How To Get Rid of the Stomach Bug
We all dread the stomach bug the most out of any sickness that can be past from one person to the next. It can leave a family so exhausted, and overflowing with laundry for weeks.
For over 10 years, I have been using the same natural remedy to get rid of the stomach bug, and often times we used it as a preventative to just keep it away when we know that we have been around someone that came down with it.
The natural remedy is as simple as chamomile tea and raw honey.
Let me share why it works, and almost immediately…
Chamomile is an herb that has been referred to as the ‘gardener's physician'. It earned this nickname because when planted in a garden that has been producing ill results, the chamomile plant seems to heal the problem and allows for a healthy garden to grow. It does the same to the gut.
Chamomile has been known to calm an upset stomach, and aid in relaxation.
Next, you also need raw honey that hasn't been processed. My favorite brand that I have used for these 10 years is Really Raw Honey.
Here is how raw honey works…
Raw honey is an antibiotic, and is full of good bacteria.
When taken without processing, the good bacteria in raw honey works to overtake the bad bacteria that is causing the upset stomach, and leads to the stomach bug with either vomiting or diarrhea. The more good bacteria a gut has the better. The good bacteria will literally kill off the bad bacteria.
Explaining the good bacteria as soldiers or a super hero and bad bacteria as a bad guy or villain will help younger children be willing to drink this tea, even if they haven't been willing before.
No wonder these two working together can make such an impact on a stomach bug and bring back health before it goes through the whole house hold.
Here is how to make this natural remedy for your own family…
Bring water to a boil. Then steep a chamomile tea bag in a cup of the boiling water for 5-10 minutes with a cover over the cup for the best results. I use this brand with success.
Once the tea has cooled down to room temperature, add the raw honey. Stir it and drink it quickly.
Note: Adding raw honey when the tea is too hot will destroy the medicinal properties in honey, causing it to be sweetened tea without any power for the gut.
If the stomach bug has already caused someone to vomit or have diarrhea, I will always boil a whole pot of water, steep it with chamomile tea (1 tea bag for every cup of tea the water will provide, usually 8-10) and pour it in this coffee thermos so I can easily and quickly serve my family a cup of this natural remedy. This has been such a stress relieve when it hits us all at the same time or in the middle of the night, because I can take it with me to where I need to serve it.
In our home, once someone has vomited or had diarrhea, and we know that something is going around, I will have each of us take a cup and it is the last we see of it.
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We hate it when our child gets sick, especially when they are so little, and they just can't tell us what isn't feeling good to them. Finding ways to treat a child's cold naturally has always been how we like to do things in our home, but often times, the natural remedies aren't easily understood or easily accessible.
How to Treat a Child's Cold Naturally
Helping a child fight a cold can be daunting, especially at night time, because they can't sleep well with coughing and wanting to breathe through their nose that is now stuffed up. Just knowing a few things that will help you to treat a child's cold naturally is all that you will need to do it easier.
There are a few things that we do in our home to help them through this sickness, and even shorten it all together.
Use Natural Cough Syrups
Cough Syrups are so effective in helping reduce coughing, however using the right kind of cough syrup that is naturally made and helps strengthen the immune system is very important as well. It can also shorten the duration of the cold and will help fight off any further germs that may come in contact to your child during that time, when their immune system is already lower.
We love using Maty's Organic Cough Syrup for our children, and have used Maty's Healthy Products for over 8 years. Not only is this cough syrup USDA certified to be 100% organic, but it contains 10 immune boosting whole-food ingredients that have no drug interactions and are completely safe for children 1 years old and older. It is also dairy-free, gluten-free and wheat-free for those needing to avoid these for their child's dietary concerns.
I love how quick and effective this cough syrup has been for our children, and knowing that it has no side-effects, makes it easy for this mom to just pull out of our medicine cabinet and give our child a dose when we are helping to treat a cold naturally.
Use a Vapor Rub
I have always been a vapor rub fan for treating a common cold, but many of the products on the market are not meant for children. So, when I saw that Maty's Healthy Products manufactured a product for children, I bought it right away and began to use it on our children when they needed it.
The Maty's All Natural Vapor Rub is for children 2 years old and older and is petroleum-free, paraben-free and chemical-free. Moms love that, don't we!
The All Natural Vapor Rub is made with all natural ingredients, and additional benefits from healthy oils that make this product gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and safe for vegetarians as well as diabetics.
You can rub it on their chest for immediate relief, or when using it at the start of symptoms, just rub it on their feet and then put socks on.
They even have a similar product called Baby Chest Rub for children 3 months through 2 years of age.
Use Warm Steam
There is something amazing about the power of steam to a child that is congested with a cold. We treat a child's cold naturally by allowing them to either sit in warm water or relax with their pillow and a blanket on the bathroom floor while one of us takes a hot shower. This allows the steam of the shower to assist in breaking up any congestion.
We love how easy it is to use Maty's Healthy Products for our children's needs and love seeing new products being developed all the time, like their Natural Cough Syrup Nighttime for Children.
I absolutely love how simple and easy to implement these three things can be for our family, and it really helps to keep our family functioning even when the youngest one doesn't feel very good.
This post has been sponsored by Maty's Healthy Products because I know how much my readers love learning about good things.
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Who enjoys it when their child gets sick? No one does! When our youngest was a baby, his immune system was horrible and he caught everything. This all stemmed from him having a health issue that caused him not to be able to get into a good sleep, and it lowered his immune system. I would love to share with you these ways to strengthen a child's immune system, naturally and effectively.
5 Ways to Strengthen a Child's Immune System
When you are a parent, you cringe when you see the first signs of your child coming down with something, especially if you have multiple children because when one of them catches it, they all catch it. Having a plan of attack, before the germs attack, is always the best strategy for parenting.
Anytime, one of these ways weren't followed, I could be sure that one of my children would pick up something and bring it into the home for a round of sickness that could keep us down for a week or more, depending on the type of sickness it was.
We all need a good night's sleep to stay healthy. However, children need around 10-12 hours of sleep each night to keep their immune systems strong and healthy. This is one thing that I have always been so thankful to be able to provide to our children through their homeschooling years, because whenever their sleeping hours are messed up, and they aren't getting much more than 8 hours of sleep, they are bound to get sick and quickly.
The best hours for children and adults to be in a deep sleep are between the 10 PM and 2 AM hours.
Sleep isn't just good for those who are sick, but it is a great way to keep from getting sick in the first place.
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Hydrating is so important for all people, and for children who are growing, it is very important as well, since all their cells need water to stay healthy.
For this reason, our children didn't grow up on having juice, milk or any other beverage on a daily basis, but instead, they normally would only drink water throughout the entire day.
Of course, there were times when we would allow for a small cup of juice or milk, but we restricted all soda for their growing years to not only help with their immune system but their overall health.
Moving the body for a minimum of 30 minutes a day is a great way to build a strong immune system for children and adults.
Some great ways to get your child to be active every day are bike riding, roller skating, jumping on the trampoline, walking on a treadmill or elliptical machine, swimming, playing tag or just running.
Making it a family focused fitness and moving together for overall health improvement for your whole family is a great way to build a great habit for all your family's health.
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Sugar is one of the best way for anyone to lower their immune system, and it is in everything these days. Limit sugar can be easier if you eliminate all drinks that include it, and replace it with water.
One of the ways that I got my children on my side when working on limiting sugar is teaching them how to read food labels and what it all meant in their way of thinking. I did this by teaching them that FOUR GRAMS OF SUGAR is the same as a TEASPOON OF SUGAR.
They were really surprised by how much sugar is in some of their favorite foods, and with just that knowledge alone, they helped me work on making better health choices for our whole family. They would often do math in the store to figure out just how many teaspoons of sugar per serving (and some servings are smaller than what they were eating during a helping) they would be eating if we purchased that item.
Cereals are one of the first places that I would recommend teaching this knowledge because it is appalling how much sugar is in popular brands.
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