Being A Natural Parent – Part 2
When you start planning your pregnancy, you have all sorts of ideal visions in your mind, one of them being your babies sleep patterns. Now whilst some mamas are born with natural sleepers – not everyone is blessed with the luck of a good amount of shut eye. So what do you do? Well there is not one single magic cure (sorry) as all our babies are just so individual, but there are a few things that can help.
One good idea to help your little one to sleep is to have a routine – as best as you can – with gentle bath and a little bed time story / sleepy time song before snuggling up with a last feed before bed. Some babies sleep better with a drop of essential oil in their bath or on their pillow to help sleep. Chamomile and lavender are good choices for inducing sleep. Chamomile can help ease babies frayed nerves, especially when they are teething. Lavender is a good oil to generally relax and induce sleep. Just use one drop – if on bedding, put away from the babies face, and only refresh when the smell has gone or you change the bedding.
Other problems that can affect sleep.
Teething – There are lots of remedies that can help with teething – and sometimes as a parent it can be overwhelming at 3 in the morning deciding which the correct one is. When a baby is teething, they often have one or two rosy cheeks, they wake screaming and want consoling and they can become a little spiteful – because it hurts!!! One self-help method is to use an amber necklace (make sure you get genuine amber) there are lots of good websites about. The other self-help is to use the homeopathic remedy combo ABC (aconite, belladonna and chamomilla). Please get in touch if you cannot find it locally to you.
Weaning and colds – It may seem odd grouping these together, but I have because they can need a similar remedy. If your baby is really clingy and just wants to be with you all the time – even when you need to nip to the loo – then pulsatilla may be a good remedy to help you. Some babies love weaning, and enjoy the excitement of new – some babies feel sad at the loss – and so can mums too – so this is when pulsatilla may be of help. Along with the clinginess, babies may develop cold like symptoms. Mucus may be thick ranging in colour from white to yellow / green. Do not worry if your baby does not seem to quite fit this picture – homeopaths have thousands of remedies to work with – your baby may just need something a little different, do seek the help of a homeopath….
Store your homeopathic remedies away from strong smells and strong light, and keep them in a cool dark place if possible.
About Dawn – Dawn is a Homeopath, Reiki master and also works with diet and nutrition. Before this, she was an Accountant. Dawn has two lovely natural children ages 10 and 14 who have not received conventional medications. If you would to know more about natural treatments for a wide array of conditions, or attend one of Dawn’s popular self-help workshops, please contact Dawn