Kids Immune Boosting Supplemetns + Herbs

**Please note, this is not medical advice, this is merely what I have been doing + am doing to boost my children’s immune system.**

To help boost my children immune system they have been regularly taking supplements to improve our overall immune response.

The first supplement they take daily is a high-quality multi vitamin! I really love Mary Ruth Organics and we have been taking their Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Probiotics to help build our gut health!

The second supplement / herb they are taking is a homemade elderberry syrup! I have found that a homemade elderberry syrup is much more beneficial than store bought!

The third supplement they are taking is ZINC! I drop zinc in mine and my children’s water daily to help build our immune system!

The forth thing they do daily is drink a homemade fire cider that I make from scratch every 6 weeks or so! The recipe I linked here.

Lastly, we make sure we go outdoors to get as much Vitamin D as possible! I have never lived in an area that lacks sufficient sunshine so I am not sure what a good Vitamin D supplement is but if you don’t have adequate sunshine, I would discuss supplementing with your healthcare provider!

Non-toxic + organic sunscreen guide for kids

Here are my tried and true favorite non-toxic + organic sunscreens for kids! We live in Texas where it is sunny most of the year and the summer sun is hot & strong! Since we apply sunscreen most of the year I am a sunscreen expert! I have not used conventional sunscreens on my kids because there are a host of nasty ingredients in them that I am not keen on rubbing all of my kiddos skin. EWG has a great post that goes over all the ingredients found in your average sunscreen. Also, master tip I always run every item I use on a daily basis through the EWG app to ensure it is non-toxic!

non-toxic + organic sunscreens

It is important to realize that most non-toxic + organic sunscreens will be a tad harder to rub in and won’t apply as easily as conventional sunscreens. So it’ll take some getting used to if you’re switching for the first time.

  1. All Good Kids Sunscreen SPF 30
    This sunscreen is great because it is formulated for sport use so it is water resistant and is a strong SPF 30!
  2. Blue Lizard Kids SPF 30
    A little bit of Blue Lizard goes a long way and it goes on well! It is mineral formulated and reef-safe, so its an overall good option!
  3. Badgers Balm Kids Face Stick SPF 35
    I love this face stick and have one formulate for adult faces as well! It is easy to apply and is easy to take with you everywhere you go throughout the summer!
  4. Thinkbaby SPF 50
    This sunscreen is formulated for babies! It goes on very WHITE! Just an FYI but works quite well! It is all mineral based and has a higher SPF than other brands listed here!
  5. Kiss My Face SPF 50 Kids Spray
    I love sports sprays because they’re easy to apply to my kids when they’re running around the pool! This one is great and has a higher SPF than others listed! I’ve also used their brand’s face sunscreen!

Here are my tried & true 5 non-toxic + organic sunscreens that I have used numerous time son my own kids & myself! I hope you enjoy. As always remember to reapply sunscreen every 30 minutes to 1 hour during the summer. Also, try to avoid being out in the sun from noon to 3pm when it is at its strongest. Also, check out my post on sun safe infant swimwear for your little one this summer!

XO

Healing Childhood Constipation Naturally

childhood constipation

Our daughter began battling childhood constipation right around the time we stopped breastfeeding + began potty training. For an entire year we were helpless. We went to the doctor and they told us to take Miralax. This post goes over the details what studies have been conducted on Miralax’s usage in children. I personally do not like that it has not been specifically studied and does not have FDA approval for use in children. This naturalpath goes over the details of Miralax from a more natural perspective.

For us, we didn’t want to use Miralax, so we started searching for more natural methods to treat our daughter’s constipation. Some weeks she would have fewer than one bowel movement and her stomach would turn rock hard. She would struggle to use the bathroom and it wouldn’t be able to produce a bowel movement upon having the urge to go.

To help her go more naturally we utilized prunes (real prunes). We had her eat a lot of prunes + I would also soak them and throw them in smoothies. We also found that dates helped things flow. While this helped in yielding quicker results, it didn’t get at the root cause of her constipation. So we sought out to find the root cause in her constipation struggles.

Step 1 in our treatment plan was an elimination diet. We began by eliminating gluten. Then we took our dairy and we found our culprit. For us, eliminating dairy yielded almost instant results. By eliminating dairy, her stomach stopped bloating and she began having softer bowel movements. Note, for us we did eliminated these food groups for one month to see full results.

Step 2 was introducing a good quality probiotic with fiber. I love Culturelle Kids Regularity Probiotic because it has probiotics and fiber! I add this to her drink 2-3 times a week (at this point we don’t need to use it daily). We add it to milk (dairy free) and smoothies! For us, it has worked wonders.

Step 3 was really emphasizing the importance of drinking water! Our daughter doesn’t drink a lot. She is like a little camel who can live off as little fluids as humanly possible (she has my husband’s genetics). So I really have to push to her to drink water and now that she’s older I explain the importance of a lot of water + fluids.

Step 4 is talking about bowel movements and how to gauge when she is having a “tougher time” going to the restroom and solutions. For example, if she comes and says her poo poo was hard, I encourage her to drink more water to help soften her poo poo. I also emphasis that she might need to eat more fruits and vegetables to help get more fiber!

I hope this helps! Also, I am not a nutritionist or a doctor. All the statements above are our own personal experience in pinpointing what was causing our daughter’s constipation and ways to help her. These are not medical suggestions!