When a child’s not feeling well, helping them get better is on the top of every parent’s mind. However, a Fox News online article suggests that some over-the-counter remedies may do more harm than good. The article covers common childhood health concerns and suggests alternatives that may help kids feel better without suffering through any negative side effects. For occasionally constipated children, the article suggests making dietary changes or adding Sunfiber, the easy-to-take fiber supplement.
The safer alternatives:
- Instead of antihistamines and decongestants, consider natural saline nasal sprays or drops. Antihistamines may cause drowsiness and constipation, and decongestants may cause hyperactivity. Holistic pharmacist Sherry Torkos offered another suggestion: “A neti pot with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and homeopathic eye drops, like those made with euphrasia, an herb, may also help.”
- Instead of laxatives, try Sunfiber. According to The American Journal of Gastroenterology, up to 30 percent of children suffer from occasional constipation. Frequent use of laxatives may cause ‘lazy colon’ which makes the body dependent on the medication to properly void the bowels. Since a primary cause of occasional constipation is not getting enough fiber-rich foods, Torkos suggests adding more vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruits to the child’s diet. Meeting the recommended dietary fiber intake may still be difficult, so consider a fiber supplement. Gluten-free Sunfiber dissolves crystal clear in water, and is tasteless and odorless. It can also be mixed into food and many beverages, which may help parents boost their pickiest eater’s fiber intake. This truly regulating soluble fiber also has no uncomfortable side effects.
- Instead of hydrocortisone, consider a homemade paste. This steroid used for insect bites and other skin irritations may actually cause more itching and burning, as well as dryness. Instead of chemicals, a paste of baking soda and tea tree oil may soothe skin and reduce discomfort.
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