Mommy Monday: Doctor-approved remedies for the family


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    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Experts say there are many common problems that can be treated with natural remedies.

    According to Parents Magazine, many doctors are on board, but you should check with them first to make sure it is the right choice for you and your child.

    Here are seven natural remedies they recommend:

    1. Probiotics - If your baby is struggling with colic and gas, you can use probiotics. Experts say if probiotics are taken regularly, they may increase the good bacteria in the gut which will improve overall health.
    2. Ginger - Experts say ginger is a good non-drug to treat nausea and motion sickness. They say to make sure to use chews, tea, or candy that contains real ginger and not just flavoring. The use of ginger for stomach ailments originated in Asia thousands of years ago.
    3. Local Honey - Is your child suffering from seasonal allergies? If so, you can use local honey to help relieve pollen allergies. The research is mixed, but many doctors say that local honey contains local pollen. Small doses of the honey can help build up a tolerance to local pollens. A word of caution, though, never give honey to children younger than one.
    4. Baking Soda - Doctors recommend using baking soda for itchy skin. Experts say to combine baking soda with less than a teaspoon of water to create a paste that can be used on bug bites, rashes, and stings.
    5. Saline Rinse - Suffering from congestion? Rinsing your sinuses with saline can help clear out the gunk. Experts warn the saline should not be too hot or cold because it can cause nosebleeds.
    6. Pear and Prune juice - Pears and prunes have been used by adults for years. Doctors recommend a glass of either pear or prune juice after school to help keep your child regular.
    7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Doctors say children can benefit from Omega-3 Fatty Acids. A recent Dutch study found boys with ADHD showed improved focus and attention.


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