Natural First Aid Guide for Babies

January 25, 2008

When going out, you can create your own first aid box with the following herbal remedies for fast and effective relief:

Tea tree essential oil is anti-septic

Calendula cream is soothing and has anti-septic properties

Lavender essential oil is cooling

Arnica has anti-inflammatory properties

This guide is for minor injuries that can be treated at home. If your baby has a serious injury i.e. the bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes, the wound requires stitching or your baby has high fever (reaching 40°C or 104°F), you must seek medical help immediately.

Cuts & grazes

Wash the wound carefully with clean water. You can also add some drops of tea tree essential oil to a bowl of water and clean the wound carefully to remove dirt and grit. Allow the wound to dry properly, either by air-drying or by patting it very gently.

If swelling occurs, cool the affected area with some ice cubes wrapped in a cloth.

If there is any bleeding, gently press against the wound with a clean cloth to help stop the bleeding. A little bit of Calendula cream with its anti-septic properties will help the wound to heal quicker.

Depending on the size of the wound, apply a dressing or plaster.

Insect stings & bites

They may be very painful but rarely serious. If the sting is inside the mouth, monitor your baby very carefully. The swelling could cause breathing difficulties. On rare occasions, a sting can cause an allergic reaction. If swelling inside the mouth occurs or you suspect an allergic reaction, your baby requires medical treatment.

However, you can prevent being bitten before going out by applying citronella, eucalyptus or lavender essential oils, diluted in a base of almond oil. Don’t apply essential oil straight on to the skin!

Firstly, if you see a sting, pull it out quickly with a clean pair of tweezers.

Cool the affected area with cold water or ice cubes wrapped in a towel to reduce the pain. Here, a little bit of lavender oil is soothing. It reduces the swelling and stops the itching.

You can apply a mixture of 1 tsp of cider vinegar and 2 drops of lavender essential oil to calm the inflammation.

Sun exposure

Babies must never be left in direct sun light! They must be kept in the shade at all times. In addition, baby should wear light cotton clothing and keep her head covered. Their skin is far too sensitive to allow aggressive UVA and UVB rays.

However, if your baby suffers from over-exposure to sunlight, cover her immediately and move her into the shade. Give her lots of water to drink. If she has any red skin as a result of over-exposure, you can bathe it in cool water. Add 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil which will help soothe the skin.

In addition, you can mix 120ml of calamine lotion, 5 drops of German chamomile and 15 drops of lavender oil and treat the affected area.

Burns

Minor burns can be treated at home. The following natural remedies can help:

Cool the affected area under cold running water or bathe in cold water until the immediate burning sensation settles down.

Aloe vera gel which is kept in the fridge at all times will effectively cool and soothe burns and speed up healing time.

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