Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Naturally Boosting Baby's Immunity

 
 My little corner of the office is always buzzing with talk of babies, gut health, baby led weaning, breastfeeding, and natural remedies.  I'm constantly sharing my stories of success and failure in the mommy world.  It's hard for us full time working mommies to have sick children.  It's not just hard on our work loads, job stability, and sleep consumption - it wears on our hearts. We constantly feel guilty that we should be home with our babies and not exposing them to the crazy germs they encounter at school, or that we should have breastfed them longer, or that we should have pumped more so they would be supplemented less.  And that's not to say the mom that is home with her babies and working through her own struggles isn't just as concerned because let's be honest, being a mom and having a sick kid is the worst.  It's by far one of the hardest parenting challenges and as mom's our hearts are broken by every sniffle and ear infection.
When Ainsley started to go to school at 12 months she had a large dip in her immune system and again at 17 months after weaning herself from the boob, I was desperate to find ways to boost her immune system.  There were so many options out there and there are so many regimes you can follow.  I have my own cold/flu regime for onset sickness that we follow in our house but the reality is that it is not sustainable nor is it affordable (those supplements sure can add up!).  We work really hard to boost Ainsley's immunity through diet, sunshine, and walking in the dirt (much to my husband's bewilderment) but my mommy heart needs to know that I am also working hard to boost her immune system before the onset of some crazy bug - and for me the worst bug is the ear infection bug, I'm seriously traumatized by our old pediatrician (which is another story for another day). 

I've spent the past 6 months changing around our strategy for building Ainsley's immune system.  I now feel like we have a system that works for us, is easy (so easy even grandma and my husband do it!), and doesn't cost a fortune.  I follow the regime below as well as make sure she is eating a whole clean organic foods with limited dairy intake.  For example, last night this is what I packed in her lunch - steak, cucumbers, strawberries, oranges, yogurt, applesauce, and pretzels for the car ride home.  We try to limit dairy and gluten as much as we can and we are closer to a 80/20 rule.  The pretzel are easy and not too messy snack for the car ride home...and it was 10pm and I needed to be done packing her lunch!
Daily:
-Foot Spray of essentials oils made up of 3 parts of each, in-fractionated coconut oil, Melaleuca, Euclyptus.  She gets about 2 sprays on the bottom of her feet each night.  We use Doterra Essential Oils (http://www.mydoterra.com/kelliemacpherson/) as they are Certified Therapeutic Grade Oils (start here if you are interested in learning more about essential oils and getting a free oil training). 
-2-4 drops of GSE (grapefruit seed extract) in mouth -

-Elderberry
(just make sure you don’t get the one with honey in it)
At my nutrition store they have just plain Elderberry that I really like but it’s not online to send you a link

-Probiotics


If we don’t make smoothies I open up these capsules and put some on her gums - http://www.amazon.com/Nutrition-Now-Pro-Biotic-Acidophilus-Capsules/dp/B000F4WWI4/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1399411695&sr=8-9&keywords=probiotics

This is the kind I take - https://www.google.com/shopping/product/11050878709152096320?biw=1920&bih=955&output=search&q=garden+of+life+probiotics&oq=garden+of+life+probiotics&ei=f1NpU_i8Aon5oASxzYL4AQ&ved=0CGUQqSswAAor this one: http://www.amazon.com/Renew-Life-Ultimate-50-Billion/dp/B001LIW11Q/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1399411695&sr=8-10&keywords=probiotics


Every Friday:

-Everyone gets Vitamin D drops in mouth

Twice a week:

Everyone gets drops of Colloidial Silver


Articles worth browsing (aka Bart or nap time reading):

How to Establish a Healthy Gut in your Primal Baby

Hey Momma's - Just so you know, PG's statements are provided for informational purposes only.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness.  Information provided by PG should not be construed as medical advice.  No statements made have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Please discuss your personal health, including options or ideas you may hear (from PG and others) with your personal, qualified health practitioner before making changes.  We are not responsible for any adverse outcomes associated with using or misconstruing advice or information PG has provided.

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