Friday, May 10, 2013

War against illness

Sweetie has had a runny nose (i.e. fountain of snot) during the day and stuffy (i.e. I can hear her breathing through the door with a fan on) at night, constantly, for MONTHS!

She has also been running fevers on and off for months as well, to the point that I don't even mention them anymore because she JUST got better and is sick again.  I started to just think, "Well this is just who she is.  She's a sicky.  She's teething and a toddler.  Totally okay." Until I realized that the fevers + stuffy/runny isn't actually normal to have for months.

So I am now in a quest to try to help her feel better.  I asked my smart, smart friends on facebook and got lots of helpful tips.  Some of which I am putting into practice to see how she does and if it doesn't work, I'll try some different ones.

The suggestions that I gravitated towards were those that spoke to building up Sweeties' own immunity and attempting to make her healthy overall because really if they don't work to clear up her nose, they are only going to help her overall be healthier.

Probiotics

  • Started giving Udo's Choice Infant's Blend Probiotic to her 3x a day for the next 3 months to build up the good bacteria in her gut and then back down to 1x a day after that.
  • I am also looking into making some milk keifer at home, but am a little more wary of that.  I would love some insights from experienced Mammas.  Setting milk on the counter for 24 hours seems to go against everything I know about keeping milk refrigerated....  but that is what you do to make milk keifer (after adding the keifer grains).
  • We have also switched to unsweetened, plain yogurt so it doesn't have the added sugar which helps yeast to grow.

Vitamin D also come highly recommended to build good immunity and prevent deficiencies   Here is my source website (http://drtenpenny.com/vitamin-d-and-you/)

We shall see how it goes.  Any advice for me?

Otherwise, Sweetie is doing great!  She is interacting so much and is so much fun to be around.  Its great to be able to form our relationship on another level now that she's growing.  She's such a fun kid.  I got her (and Bella) a pretend bottle and sippy cup for their babies and Sweetie walked right over to the fridge with her pretend sippy, had me open the door, set the sippy inside and closed the door. :)


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