I think we can all agree that when your little one is sick it is one of the worst feelings in the world as a parent. Unless they require medicine to help bring down a fever, sometimes you just have to face the fact that there’s not really anything you can give them to get rid of a cold. But luckily, there are little things you can do to help them feel better.
If you remember last week in my 5 Essential Questions to ask Before Choosing a Pediatrician post, I mentioned that new thinking has led doctors away from over-prescribing medicine to babies and toddlers unless they absolutely need it.
So your baby gets the sniffles and their little nose is all stuffed up. What should you do? If you are still breastfeeding then that’s probably the best thing you can do for them. Breastmilk is like miracle juice. The antibodies they receive from your milk are like little tiny powerhouses helping them to get better. It’s cool when your husband is a science teacher and can help explain these things to you since you may or may not have payed attention in high school science class.
Next week on the blog (smooth transition, I know) I will be sharing my guide to taking care of a sick baby the natural way. But for now, you can start with this smoothie. And hey, even if no one is sick, cause you know, it’s August, this still makes a delicious breakfast.
- 1 ½ cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk (such as Silk)
- 1 orange peeled (I used a fresh baby Mandarin because they’re sweeter)
- 1 banana
- ½ cup plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt (use coconut milk yogurt to make dairy-free)
- ½ tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
- handful of baby spinach (optional – will change color but won’t really impact flavor)
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk for a thinner smoothie or more yogurt/banana to make thicker.
Notes: for older kids or adults, you could use a frozen banana. Since it’s difficult to explain brain freeze to a 1 year old, I did not use ice or frozen fruit.
I used the whole orange, peeled, instead of orange juice. Reason being that the white pith of the orange contains flavonoids aka healthy antioxidant stuff.
You could also pour this mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for a treat to help soothe sore throats.
I would recommend this smoothie for toddlers 1 year and older since the consistency is thicker than what they’re probably used to. But of course, you know your baby best.
Disclaimer: This is not a substitute for medical advice. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a doctor. Just a mom trying to figure things out as I go.
Stay tuned next week for my tips on how to care for a sick baby the natural way.
What do you do when your little one is under the weather? Share some tips to help out fellow new moms!