I know that I’ve been MIA for over a week, and I have a good reason for it–last Wednesday/Thursday, out of nowhere, Sprout started to run a fever. At first we thought it was a case of teething–fever, runny nose. But by day 3 things did not add up–the fever would come and go, spiking on and off, she had a case of vomiting–nothing too huge, but still had us concerned; she did not look or act herself, and by day 3, she was glued to me–she was tired and weak, although still mischievous at times. At that point I knew it was not teething, and probably not even a cold, since the symptoms lined up more with the flu:
- high fever (one day it spiked to 103 F)
- weakness–she did not want to be bothered by most things that usually keep her curiousity going
- ill appearance with warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
- I am assuming she also had headaches
- dry cough (toward the end, as mucus settled on her throat)
- watery discharge from your nose
In the past I blogged about how to Help Your Infant Beat Cold Fast Naturally and about Home Remedies for Sick Babies, so, my “home remedies” treasure chest was ready and packed to go, and I was ready for a quick turnaround–we are normally able to help Sprout break fever in about 24 hours. This time the weirdness set in–the fever came and left every day, so, when we felt like we just got over the hump, we were scrambling to fight it again. The moment fever would break, Sprout felt better, and we expected a quick recovery. Then it viciously came back.
By day 5 I was at my wits end–no mother likes to “ride it out” and see her baby suffer–and called our family doctor to check in. We decided that if she did not do better by day 6, we would go in to get tested to be on the safe side. Thankfully, things began to improve yesterday. I was running on fumes–most nights I ended up sitting up, holding her in my arms, so she could get some sleep, since she is too little to know how to blow her nose. While Hubby tried to help, she wanted nothing but Mommy.
Today Sprout is almost back to normal, with only some leftover mucus that she does not know how to spit out yet. She did lose weight but we are planning to get her back to normal as soon as she decides to remember that solids are a good food option too.
She was very playful and adorable (back to her normal self) this morning.
(with her two favorite toys: Doggy and Tigger)
For those with little ones, I am going to tell you exactly what we did to make sure she got better as quickly and safely as possible–no medication, only natural remedies for the flu. (All of you, awesome mommas, on Facebook, thank you for chiming in to help me add even more natural tools into my home remedies treasure box.)
7 Remedies for the Flu
1. Use Essential Oils
To help Sprout relieve congestion, we used eucalyptus oil3, ran a cold mist humidifier, and, when she was not running a high fever, took warm baths, so the damp, warm air would help her body release mucus.
2. Decrease Food Intake | Increase Liquids
Sprout naturally began to eat less solids and took in a lot of fluids through breast milk and water. The only foods that she would take on and off, other than breast milk, were smoothies. It is normal (and very much advisable) for our bodies to fast during the times of sickness.
3. Decrease Activity Level–Take it Easy
We deceased our activity level*, spending more time resting and cuddling (more work for Mommy, less work for Sprout). We also kept the noise level in the house as low as we could, and deemed the lights–to help her deal with any possible headaches caused by the virus, and especially since she cannot yet tell us when something aggravates her.
Since Sprout is still so tiny and depends on us for small things, like clearing her nose, we co-slept the entire week (if you can call it that, since I got no more than a couple of hours of interrupted sleep each night, spending most of the time making Sprout comfortable or holding her up in my arms, so she could drain mucus better and get some rest).
*thankfully, since I have only one child and work from home, I could. I know it is harder for some of you mommas with two or more kids, and those working outside of home.
4. Relieve Congestion
In addition to eucalyptus oil, for the times when she did not easily release mucus, which made it hard for her to breath, and especially at night, we used saline drops and Nose Freida to help us out. We made sure to be as gently as possible using suction, not to break her tiny blood vessels in the nose.
5. Break the Fever
When Sprout had fever, we made sure to keep the room cool, either no clothing (except for diapers) or very light clothing on, especially at night, since we tend to run higher temperatures toward the evening. This time I did not use the wet sock treatment, but it is always of great help in high fever situations.
6. Relieve Cough
Now that she is getting to feel better, and has occasional coughs, we are using Badger Chest Rub to help her deal with them, while still using essential oils.
7. Get Chiropractic Care
If you can, get your little one adjusted. Yesterday, as things began to look up, I scheduled an appointment for Sprout and for myself to get adjusted by our awesome chiropractor, who specializes in child chiropractic help. Chiropractic care does not only help babies to drain mucus better, but we also needed a relief for our bodies, since both of us spent almost the entire week in the weirdest positions possible–hugging and holding each other on couches, sitting up in bed for most of the night, and, for hours at a time, in my gliding chair.
I personally benefited a lot from my adjustment–when I had my back checked it was sorely out of alignment, and I felt it.
- Oil of oregano is very aggressive against all microbes and it helps with digestive problems and is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties of oregano oil. We used undiluted oil on the soles of Sprout’s feet–about 3-5 drops on each foot, 3 times a day.
- Chamomile essential oil is analgesic, anti-allergenic, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiphlogistic, among other wonderful properties. It helps the body to deal with fever more efficiently. We used couple of drops of undiluted chamomile oil on the top of Sprout’s ears, 2-3 times a day.
- Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant. It helps to treat a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. We used undiluted eucalyptus oil on the soles of Sprout’s feet–3-5 drops on each foot, 2-3 times a day; diluted on her chest, nape of her neck and temples. I diluted about 10 drops of oil in 1 tsp of coconut oil to make the rub.
What are your Treasure Chest Tools?
These are the natural remedies for flu that I used to help my little one, and that I use on us as well, in addition to some of the other ones I mentioned in
Do you have your special, natural tips, tricks and tools? I would love to learn about them. Please share your wisdom and leave a comment under this post.
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