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November 28, 2017

Natural Toddler Immunity Boosters

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One of the biggest challenges we face as parents is keeping our children healthy. This time of year, cold and flu germs are rampant and are hiding everywhere (shopping carts, door knobs, toys, linens, etc.). I know my little one has already been sick a couple of times in the passed few months already. Besides keeping our homes frequently disinfected and sheets/blankets/toys laundered, here are 5 natural toddler immunity boosters you can incorporate into your routine to beat the bugs.

1. Essential Oils

Now I’m still a total newbie when it comes to using high quality essential oils, but for the time I’ve been using them, I can honestly say they’ve made a difference to our lives! I concocted a toddler-friendly roller ball of oils to use on our little one at night. You can use them any time of day, but I find their relaxing properties to be most effective for our nightly routine. Here’s what you’ll need:

Immunity Roller Ball

*I purchase my oils from Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO). All of their oils are amazing quality and they have a ton of education on how to use them on their website. They also have a free rewards program and shipping is always free! Say no more, fam.

Directions

Combine 1 drop of each essential oil into your clean roller ball; fill the rest of the way with coconut oil. Shake well and apply to the bottom of your child’s feet and down their spine (if desired).

2. Probiotics

I always knew probiotics were good for aiding digestion by maintaining the healthy bacteria in your stomach, but I didn’t realize that this plays a huge part in our immunity as well. By having a healthy gut “ecosystem,” we can decrease inflammation, boost antibody production, and encourage our body’s ability to fight off harmful bacteria with the good stuff. Daily use of probiotics for your kiddos sets them up for a healthy gut and keeps them on track for a functioning immune system.

We’ve been using the Culturelle Probiotics for kids for the past couple of months, and we couldn’t love them more! They come with a month’s supply of tasteless, easy-to-blend packets that can be added to pretty much anything. Our toddler still takes a bottle at night, so we mix it up into that. As long as you don’t heat it, it can be added to milk, water, smoothies, or even food. Check out their website for a $5 off coupon!

3. Detox Baths

Detox Baths have been a real game changer for us since coming across a post by The Paleo Mama. I’ve taken that recipe and have adapted it a little to fit our needs. The whole idea is to gently “detox” your little one by soaking them in good products that will help draw impurities from their bodies. This is great to prevent illness by doing once a week. If you’re toddler is sick or feeling under the weather, I do this every other night, making sure they are well hydrated before and after. We noticed that our little one slept well on the nights we gave her a detox bath as well! Read on for the concoction:

Toddler Detox Bath

Directions

Add all ingredients to running water to mix well. Have your toddler play and soak for about 20 minutes, but do not introduce any other shampoos/soaps. Make sure your little one is well hydrated after. Can be done preventatively once a week, or every other day as needed.

4. Black Elderberry Syrup

Black Elderberries are a great source of Vitamin C and are packed with antioxidants. We love this concentrated syrup because we can easily blend it into a smoothie or give it to her plain to ensure she’s getting a little immune boost. The easiest way for us is to dose it out in a plastic syringe and give it to our toddler; she loves the taste!

We like the Gaia Kids Black Elderberry Syrup because it’s specifically formulated for little ones and doesn’t have any weird ingredients. Such an easy way to incorporate a superfood for our picky eaters!

5. Aromatherapy

While delving into the world of essential oils, I naturally started to diffuse them as well. We mostly use them in our toddler’s bedtime routine, but diffusing high quality oils is a gentle way for your body to take in the healing and immune boosting properties that oils can bring to the table. This also supports the respiratory system by adding moisture back into your space. An environment of calm and relaxation can boost our moods and lower stress, which can play a large factor in immunity. With that being said, what do you have to lose by breathing in some great smelling mist? Check out the two blends we use most:

Sleepy Time

This is our nightly go-to diffusing concoction before bed. Great for immunity and promoting bedtime!

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Orange Essential Oil

Clean Citrus

Great for the kitchen, or purifying stagnant air. I like to diffuse this while cleaning or after someone in the house has been sick.

  • Orange Essential Oil
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Lavender Essential Oil

*Most diffusers are similar, but can have different instructions. Be sure to follow the water to oil ratios that yours provides. Since this is our first go-round with diffusing, we chose to get an inexpensive one to try out. Here’s the one we currently use. Although it does the job, it’s not the most well-made diffuser I’ve seen; I recommend investing something that will last a bit longer and look great in your space!

 

What are some other natural remedies that help you and your family stay healthy?

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1 Comment

  • Mary Mauck

    Great explanations. I am happy to see some of the natural ways are coming around again!

    December 1, 2017 at 3:46 am Reply
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