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How to Care for a Sick Baby the Natural Way

Your baby catches their first cold. Quick! What do you do? You definitely don’t panic, ‘cause it’s not the end of the world, Marla. You most certainly keep your cool, write down approximately 73 questions for the doctor, and then proceed to open your fully-stocked medicine cabinet and pat yourself on the back for being prepared for this eventuality. You go, mom.

Now of course whether or not said medicine cabinet is fully stocked really depends on how prepared you are. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Florida (aka hurricanes) but I always have bottled water, flashlights and extra batteries in the house. When it comes to Harper I am no different. Because the rules of life have taught us that babies only get sick on weekends and/or in the middle of the night when it is extremely inconvenient and NOTHING is open, it’s important to have everything you need on hand before your baby ever gets their first sniffle.

If you’ve been following along with our adventures here on Because I Said So Baby, then you know that I lean toward purchasing natural products. Why? Because it was the way I was raised (hi mom and dad!). My parents raised us to believe that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them. They were pioneers in doing things the natural way before it was “cool” or trendy. Luckily, that movement has caught on and now there’s no reason why everyone can’t get on board (I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Target and Amazon, for without you, we would all be lost).

So what natural products do I use when Harper gets a cold? Let’s take a look in my “medicine” cabinet.

A detailed list of the best natural products to use when your little one is under the weather!


Infant’s Dye-Free Acetaminophen

Yep, real medicine. Wait, I thought I said this was about natural stuff?! It is, but listen. If your baby has a fever and they are clearly in pain, don’t make them suffer on principle. Give them the real stuff to help them feel better. The best you can do is the dye-free acetaminophen. I buy the UP&UP 2-Pack at Target. After an exhaustive search on the internet, I came to the realization that there is no “natural” version of this stuff and you can’t buy it without the added flavoring. So for the amount of times we’ve actually had to use it, I just deal and know that it’s helping my baby.

Now, there are natural ways to bring down a fever as well.

  • Skin-to-skin: Put your baby in their diaper and lay them on top of you with a light muslin blanket on top of them. Your body temperature can help to regulate theirs.
  • Lukewarm bath: Exactly what it sounds like! From what I know, you are not supposed to do a spongebath as this can make the fever worse; just a regular bath in lukewarm water is fine. 
  • Hydrate: breastmilk/formula and if your baby is old enough to drink water, make sure they drink plenty of it. Just like an adult, staying hydrated can help bring down a fever.

Remember: fever is not always the enemy. It is their body’s natural response to fighting off the infection. Of course this doesn’t make it any less scary for us new parents.


Xlear Kid’s Sinus Care Nasal Drops

If you’ve ever used a nasal aspirator or a Nose Frida to try and “get the boogies out” as I call it, then you know sometimes those boogies just don’t want to come out. In this case, you need to loosen up the nasal passages. These drops are my go-to. They don’t have any funky or weird ingredients and the best part is they work, and you can get them here on Amazon.


The Honest Company Organic Healing Balm

After all that boogie-wiping, your little one’s nose is bound to get red and irritated. I take a drop of this healing balm and rub it around Harper’s nose to help heal the skin. Bonus: this is also good for adults too!


Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub

This stuff works miracles! One time Harper was just so stuffed up and I was texting with a momfriend asking if there was anything else I could do (hi, Leslie!). She told me about rubbing Vick’s on the bottom of their feet before putting them in their sleeper onesie for bed. I happened to be in Wal-Mart the next day and they didn’t have Vick’s but they had Maty’s. The scent is very soothing and I definitely think it helped her sleep better.


Aura Cacia Lavender Essential Oil

Our humidifier has a neat little slot for dropping essential oils. If your baby is all stuffed up, running the humidifier can really help them breathe easier. The added lavender essential oil can also help them to relax and sleep better.


Note: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. The links will take you to the products I actually use. 

Disclaimer: As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a doctor. This is starting to feel really self-deprecating! But seriously. This is not a substitute for medical advice. Always call your pediatrician if you have concerns.


Did I leave anything off the list? If there’s a product you love to use when your little one is under the weather, let me know! If you’re looking for another natural remedy, try my Coconut Creamsicle Cold-Buster Smoothie!

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  • Reply
    Nicole Banuelos
    August 20, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    These are all great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      August 20, 2016 at 7:50 PM

      Yay! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    August 20, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    These are great tips. My munchkin was sick last week. We try to use “real” medicine as a last resort. Like you said when baby is uncomfortable you gotta help them if you can. We used infant Motrin so she could at least sleep and heal. So sad when they aren’t feeling well.

    • Reply
      August 20, 2016 at 7:51 PM

      Thank you! Hope your little one is better soon. It is the toughest thing in the world to see them in pain.

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    August 20, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    This is a great post. You’re right, it is so important what we put on our bodies. Thanks for the suggestions

    • Reply
      August 21, 2016 at 7:48 PM

      Thank you! Glad you found it helpful!

  • Reply
    August 21, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    This is a great post and I enjoyed reading this. xx

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    August 21, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Such great tips. I always worry about giving my son medications when it may not be totally necessary.

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      August 22, 2016 at 1:17 PM

      Thank you! Exactly. That is how we feel as well.

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