This is part of my Home Remedies series blog posts. Part 1 of this series can be found HERE.
DISCLAIMER: The home remedies I would enumerate below are the remedies I use for MY family. I am, in no way, a medical practitioner. Use the following home remedies with caution and at your own risk. This is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. My home remedies do not apply to infants. Please also always remember that natural/whole food does not mean no overdosage or no side effects. Practice prudence when employing natural home remedies. Garlic, for instance, seems to act as a blood thinner which prevents heart attacks but this also means that it should not be given up to a week before a surgery. Consult your doctor or medical practitioner.
Aloe vera is love! I have never realized how great aloe vera is until recently. The gel can be used for so many things – from minor wounds to burns to all sorts of beautifying stuff.
I use fresh gel as I have aloe vera plants at home. It is so easy to grow and I suggest you grow your own, too. I just peel the aloe vera and apply directly. Because I usually am in a hurry, I peel it with my hands (yeah, hindi ganito kaganda!). I just make sure to wash my hands thoroughly. I apply this directly to burns and minor wounds. I also used this as a poultice for Jia’s stye.
Nebulizing with saline solution
I nebulize with saline solution when the kids have phlegm. 2 mL of saline (I buy Salinase spray – Do not get the nebules as they are so expensive! – or I make my own saline solution.). After nebulizing, I clap their backs to loosen the mucus.
Guava leaves wash
This is not in my usual repertoire but my kids have HFMD right now and an FB friend suggested it. I realized I have been missing out on something really good! Guaa leaves have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Use this to wash wounds to accelerate healing.
- Get fresh guava leaves.
- Boil until water becomes brown.
- Use as you would normal water. I think this is best used lukewarm.
Guava leaves sooooo many uses but I have not explored these yet.
Water with kalamansi
DISCLAIMER AGAIN: I am not a medical practitioner so please ask your doctors and read up on infections and fevers. Also, my home remedies do not apply to babies. If you have an infant with fever, please consult your pedia. Yes, ngayon na, wag na magbasa. Paki tawagan na ang pedia!
I use this for concoction for fever. Let me make this clear, a fever is not a sickness. It is a symptom that the body has an infection. Moreover, a fever is the body’s way of protecting itself. When the body encounters a pathogen, the body warms itself so the pathogen will not thrive. This is the body’s way of keeping the pathogen at bay while the immune system catches up.
I will be honest here. I am personally scared of a fever beyond 39.2ºC and I give paracetamol when my kids’ fevers reach that level. But the American Academy of Pediatrics actually encourage parents to let MOST fevers be. According to this Seattle Children’s Hospital article, most fevers caused by viruses will be in the range of 38.4ºC and 40ºC. As per the AAP bulletin, instead of trying to bring the temperature down, focus should instead be on improving the child’s overall comfort, checking for signs/symptoms of serious illness, and maintaining hydration. I think the monitoring part we do this instinctively. I always hear my friends ask “Matamlay ba? Kamusta naman?” To help in hydration, I have fresh buko juice at home most times as I am training my kids to drink buko juice so I just give that to them. Of course, there is also regular water. Hehe. I also have a couple of bottles of Pedialyte Mild in the chiller always, just in case.
When my kids have fever, I give a sponge bath of water with kalamansi. One small basin of water squeezed with 5 pieces of kalamansi (ratio c/o Velvet). Using a face towel dipped in the water-kalamansi mixture and wrung as a cold compress, I put that in the armpit and groin area and wipe the legs with it. I do not use ice as it might cause a cold burn. I might wipe the face but I do not put the towel/compress on the forehead. This (according to my friend, Mec, who is into anthroposophy) will make the heat get focused on the head. We need to use the cold compress/wipe on the extremities so the heat would go down (as the body always tries to achieve osmosis). I think this is also the reasoning behind the hydrotherapy technique cited in this University of Maryland Medical Center article on fever (under Physical Medicine).
I think most people know this now but will still write this down. Do not give alcohol baths to kids. Do not wrap them up with layers of clothes to force the fever to break (para pawisan, ika nga, nung bata ako). The room temperature should be comfortable for the kids.
Part 3 of this series will tackle our supplements and everyday life as it pertains to the kids’ health. 🙂