Natural Healing for Babies and Children drives home one of the most natural principles of health care: the more informed are the parents, the healthier are their children. With this book, Aviva Romm encourages parents to be active participants, rather than passive recipients, in the health care of their children and gives parents the tools to take responsibility for health care decisions.
Traditional medicine, while necessary and lifesaving in many cir• cumstances, often ignores the mind-body connection and the miraculous ability of the body to heal itself—given the right boost from nature’s natural medicines. The information in this text is meant to be in addition to, not a substitute for, your child’s doctor. It makes parents partners in the health care of their family, helping them use common sense remedies and good nutrition to improve the health and well-being of their children.
This is a timely book. The inevitable health care “reform” will be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, parents will have less access to doctors to heal their children. On the other hand, the beneficial effect of this change is that people will have to take more self-responsibility for their health care. They will have to rely more on nonprescription health care products, and one of these will be herbs.
Parents must become experts on their children. No one else will. Throughout this book the author recommends a high»touch style of child care, which I call “attachment parenting.” This way of caring for babies and children helps parents get to know their child, to be more sensitive to the well child, and therefore to know more intuitively how to treat the sick child. l applaud the author for presenting the health benefits of massage, good nutrition, and breast-feeding.
The body has a tremendous capacity for healing itself, yet sometimes we have to help it along a bit—naturally.
This book was created for parents who want to care for their children in ways that are natural, safe, affordable, and environmentally conscious. It offers herbal and other natural remedies that speak to our desire to improve and maintain the health of our families, prevent illness, and feel capable of caring for ourselves.
Conventional medicine is a mixed blessing. It best serves our needs in crises that require heroic intervention. Blood tests, antibiotics, and any number of medical procedures allow us to gain sometimes essential information and even save lives. But modern medicine also gives us the feeling that health care is something “done to us”—that we are passive, not active, participants in our own health. This can be very disempowering.
People who feel disempowered generally fall into one of two categories. One type seeks professional care for every complaint, ending up with over treatment, overmedication, and to top it off, an overpriced doctor’s bill. The other type avoids medical care by ignoring a problem and hoping the symptoms will go away. As a result, these people may wind up with a more serious complaint that might have been resolved readily at the onset, or they may live with chronic discomfort affecting the quality of their lives. The first type believes that illness is insidious and that our health is fragile and dependent on the medical profession. The second type avoids doctors for financial reasons or out of a real fear of being subjected to unnecessary procedures and treatments that physicians often employ in order to cover themselves in the event of litigation.
This book represents a balance between the extremes. By using it to explore the nature of the illnesses and discomforts that commonly affect your children, you can learn when home care is reasonable and how to do it, and when to seek help without giving up your sense of involvement and empowerment. You will learn practical, traditional methods of improving, maintaining, and restoring your childrens well being. By becoming more of a participant in your own wellness and that of your children, your confidence will grow and so will your relationship with those you care for.
For the past thirteen years, in order to care for myself, my husband, and our four children, as well as those who come to me for midwifery care or herbal information, I have been researching and exploring the practice of natural healing. The term natural healing, to some degree, could refer to all healing modalities that exist, because humans are part of nature and, by extension, all we “create” is technically part of nature as well. When I refer to natural healing, however, I am specifically talking about methods and remedies that generally fall outside the realm of conventional medicine, including herbalism, nutritional awareness, homeopathy, and massage. Natural healing also involves an awareness of the connection between mind and body and the ways in which that relationship influences our health. The remedies utilized in natural healing are not synthetic; they require little mechanical processing; and because they may be purchased without medical prescriptions, they are easily accessible. Even more than the actual substance or technique used, natural healing is based on the premise that our bodies are wisely designed to maintain health, and that given nourishment and support when needed, they will do so. It is, one could say, an approach to medicine based on confidence in the perfection and logic of the body. This view differs from that of conventional medicine, which considers the body a machine that cannot maintain adequate functioning without regular trips to the repair shop, the doctor being the mechanic.
Because we lack the extended community common to previous generations, this book is intended as a companion for parents, linking us y all in an extended network of families committed to the well—being of children. This network is global. I believe that we can all support one another and reclaim our ability to care for ourselves through traditional, natural remedies if we pick up the threads of the old ways where modern technology took over and combine the best of both worlds. Traditional Chinese medicine has a term for this. It is called “walking on two legs.” In the spirit of those who came before us, this book is a collection of knowledge, beliefs, and customs to be handed down for the benefit of the next generations. Its, roots are multicultural, ancient, and contemporary. It embraces both the unwritten and the well documented. May this offering be a nourishing fruit for you and your family, and may it contain within it seeds to plant in the hearts of others.
|How to Use This Book||3|
|Part I: Herbalism and Natural Healing||5|
|Chapter 1:||Toward a Deeper Understanding of Health||6|
|Teaching Our Children about Wellness||8|
|Teaching Our Children about Health Responsibility||9|
|Empowering Our Children||10|
|Overcoming Our Fears||12|
|Chapter 2:||Herbal Medicine||14|
|Why Use Herbs?||15|
|Working with Herbs||20|
|Herbal Medicine for Children||21|
|Chapter 3:||Home Health Care for Children||23|
|The Basic Physical Examination||23|
|Common Early Signs of Illness||31|
|The Six Steps of Healing||32|
|When to Seek Medical Help||35|
|Chapter 4:||Herbal Primer||37|
|A Glossary of Herbal Properties||37|
|An Herbal Medicine Chest||49|
|Part II: Newborn and Baby Care||55|
|Chapter 5:||Chapter 5: Conception through Birth:|
|Laying the Foundation||56|
|Eating Well During Pregnancy||57|
|Connecting with the Baby in Your Womb||58|
|Herbal Allies for Pregnancy||59|
|Choosing the Birthplace||61|
|Dealing with Fears||61|
|Labor and Birth||62|
|Care of the Mother after Birth||65|
|Herbal Allies for the Postpartum||67|
|Bonding and Breastfeeding: Keeping the Connection Strong||68|
|Herbal Allies for Common Breast-Feeding Problems||73|
|Chapter 6:||Your Healthy Newborn||80|
|Your Baby’s Body||81|
|Signs of Illness in the Newborn||86|
|Chapter 7:||Natural Remedies for Newborns and Babies||88|
|Circumcision and Care of the Penis||89|
|Care of the Umbilical Cord||91|
|General Infection in the Newborn||91|
|Babies’ Skin Care and Rashes||93|
|Vitamin K Shots||98|
|Colic (or the “Sunset Blues”)||99|
|Part III: Natural Healing for Children||105|
|Chapter 8:||The Needs of the Whole Child||106|
|Play and Natural Elements||109|
|Freedom and Guidance||111|
|Chapter 9:||Natural Remedies for Children’s Complaints: An A-Z Guide||114|
|Anemia (Iron Deficiency)||121|
|Bites and Stings||134|
|Colds and Flu||151|
|Coughs and Congestion||158|
|Cuts, Scrapes, and Wounds||162|
|Earaches and Ear Infections||167|
|German Measles (Rubella)||178|
|Nightmares and Sleep Disturbances||202|
|Penis Irritations and Care||205|
|Poison Ivy and Poison Oak||206|
|Skin Problems (General)||210|
|Whooping Cough (Pertussis)||226|
|Appendix I:||Common and Latin Names for Herbs||231|
|Appendix II:||Herbal First-Aid Kit||235|
Item Code: IHL711 Author: Aviva Jill Romm Cover: Paperback Edition: 2000 Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications ISBN: 8170306582 Size: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch Pages: 252 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 305 gms