As a new mom, I jumped to call the pediatrician anytime my baby so much as cleared her throat. Diaper rash, red bumps on her legs, weird goop in her eye—you name it, my daughter had it, and I was describing it vividly to an incredibly patient nurse over the phone.
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When it comes to your kids’ health, it’s easy to jump to worst-case scenarios. But most of the time, while I mentally braced for referrals to specialists and complicated treatments, I learned that the issues I was struggling with—infant constipation, cradle cap, eczema, and diaper rash—were common ones, and what’s more, that I could soothe them with natural remedies I already had at home.
To learn more about the root causes of common baby ailments and natural, drug-free cures, I spoke with Dr. Susan McCreadie, a board-certified pediatrician specializing in holistic medicine. It was a relief, and an empowering moment as a new mother, to realize that easy, drug-free solutions to my baby’s woes were at my fingertips. Here are 5 natural remedies for common baby ailments every parent and caretaker should know.