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post #21 of 47
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Originally Posted by lilsparrow View Post
Okay ... what do I do with it?
Mix some in a little water or juice. Dose is on the bottle, but tweak it. You'll know you've got enough when it starts coming out the other end

-Angela
post #22 of 47

sodium ascorbate

You see it as EmergenC in the stores. Even Target sells it now! They sell one for kids that is 500 mg of Vit C, otherwise you can get the adult formulas that are 1000 mg per dose. They come in little packs of powder that you mix with water. With my youngest, She is 2.5yrs, I give her a sippy(6 oz water) with 1/2 an adult pack and she sips it for the day. I find that if I give her any more she gets a nasty red bottom. You can play with the doses but start with small amounts for a little one that young.

EmergenC comes in all different flavors and remember if you are nursing then you can help yourself to a couple a day and help your babe out that way too. Its also nice to have around for a little non-caffiene boost during the day!
post #23 of 47
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Absolutely serious How long ago did he stop nursing? How was your supply then? How often did he nurse?

If you stimulate your supply, it will come back. If you put the babe to the breast and get him to nurse and/or if you pump your milk will come back to some degree. Possibly completely.

-Angela
I had a ddifficult time nursing him. One of the reasons the seperation was like a nail in the coffin for our nursing relationship.

I plan on looking through some of these links and possibly starting a new thread. I guess I should probably post it in breastfeeding.
post #24 of 47
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Okay, I have some emergenC stuff from last time my daughter was sick. I'll use that so maybe I can return my unopened bottle of calcium ascorbate and buy some SA online.

Any ideas what i can do to loosen up the chest congestion?

How do I make saline solution. Is there a specific salt to water ratio?

The hat idea ... I can't believe I didn't think of that.

Fenugreek and thyme ... this is where i get confused. What dio I do with them. I have some fenugrek capsules, and thyme in my pantry that I use for cooking.

Someone said echinacea ... as in tea?

Talk down people.
post #25 of 47
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Does the same standard for Calcium Ascorbate (coming out the other end) apply for the EmergenC as well?
post #26 of 47
A classic old remedy for chest congestion is an onion poultice. Might be hard to use on a baby. Anyway, you chop up the onions, steam them until they are fairly soft, lay them on the skin and cover with a soft cloth. For a baby I'd be inclined to wrap the onion in a cloth and put the warm wrap against the baby under a little shirt or something like that to hold it in place.

You can also use a car seat so baby can sleep propped up, which can make it easier to breath. Lots and lots of steam helps, perhaps with eucalyptus wafting about.

Good luck and I hope everything goes well.
post #27 of 47
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for the record, I noticed you are in MD, I know a fantastic alternative/ complimentary ped in MD : Debbie McCabe, MD , if you are interested or ever "need" one.. she is amazing and "in line" with what it sounds like your beliefs are.. PM me for # or google her if oyu want, she ahs two offices, one in Ocean City MD and one on the eastern shore somewhere
I *wish* I could, but I live in Westminster a good 3 hours from Ocean City. But I will PM you for her info anyway because we vacation there every summer and you never know what could happen.
post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by lilsparrow View Post
Any ideas what i can do to loosen up the chest congestion?


Fenugreek and thyme ... this is where i get confused. What dio I do with them. I have some fenugrek capsules, and thyme in my pantry that I use for cooking.
Chest congestion- steam. Humidifier. hot shower steamed up bathroom.

Fenugreek for you to increase milk supply... not sure who suggested thyme (maybe for the baby)... you don't eat it- it will reduce supply.

good luck!

-Angela
post #29 of 47
I used a mustard wrap for my daughter when she had a cough that would not leave (2 months of deep thick cough that my doc kept telling me to "just neb her when you need to..."). Between that and some specific homeopathic's it was gone in 2 days!!!!

The mustard wrap was dried mustard mixed with flour and water to make a paste. I put a small amount of barrier on her chest like vaseline, aquaphor or something natural that does the same. then you take a old tshirt and make a sandwich of cloth, paste, cloth. place that on the childs chest and leave it there for 5-15 minutes. The most I left it on was 5 minutes.

I dont remember the ratio of flour and mustard. I know it was very little mustard to mostly flour. If you want it, let me know and I can dig it out. I got the recipe from my naturopath. DD was only 12 months shen I used it.

Anyone else have any luck with this?
post #30 of 47
Davidsmama, please post the recipe if you have it... I have very frequent issues with chest congestion myself, and I'd love to know how that works!
post #31 of 47
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Alright I've hot steamed him in the bathroom and I've got a humidifier running with eucalyptus.

I've got water boiling for an echinechia tea bag. How shuld I give it to him I was ust going to make a cup of tea and give it to him dispersed through a 24 hr period. Does that sound right?

I was going to do the same with an adult 1/2 packet of EmergenC.

I'm going to chop some onions now. I heard something about garlic too Anyone know?

Davids mom, please post that recipe. It's funny, while I was out I picked up a jar of dry mustard and talked myself out of buying it because I didn't know what to use it for.
post #32 of 47
Thread Starter 
He does sound better. After the steamy shower he took a nap. He was breathing comfortably and not noisy like earlier today. When he woke up he was still breathing clear but still has that mucusy unproductive cough. I hope some of these ideas help clear his chest. Por little guy, hope he feels better soon. Thanks again ladies. You ALL are great.
post #33 of 47
I think you'll need more than 1/2 pack of EmergenC... but it is individual. I can only go by what works for DS. I just think that you'll need more. Well, your guy is still a baby, too.

For example, I take 2 pks at a time a few times a day when I'm fighting something off. One a day doesn't cut it. DS gets about 3 single pks a day of those, or about 2-3 tsp of straight SA. Just to give you a frame of reference... This is when we're feeling sick.

Go by the stools. That's the way to know his dose.

So glad he's feeling a little better.
post #34 of 47
Thread Starter 
aira, when yoy say 3 pks a day are you talking about the adult one? My ds is about 20 lbs, so maybe start with 1 and a half or 2?
post #35 of 47
Well, I'd just make one and let him sip. I'm guessing he's using a sippy - I don't really know... But when I said my guy gets 3 pks, I meant in a whole day - not at a time.

The EmergenC fizzes (straight SA does not), so I don't think it's a good idea to force that stuff in any amount. Unless it's just totally fizzed out, I guess. I find it very filling though, so I like to let DS regulate how fast he takes it in.

If your guy is not using a sippy, can you give him some in a bottle? All fizzed out, I mean?

If he takes that, make another later on? Get up to what gives him runny stools, then back down a bit. That's the only way to know what amount he needs.
post #36 of 47
Thread Starter 
He doesn't use a sippy. I was just going to make some and use a dropper and give him sips.

I was also going to do that with the echinacha tea. Sound right?
post #37 of 47
I think that'll work. Just let him set the pace of taking it in. IMO it's really filling! Regular SA isn't really.

I had to EP for DS, so I "had it easy" when it came to giving suppliments. He was already using a bottle. : I just added in whatever.
post #38 of 47
Thread Starter 
My boy is using a bottle too. I gues I could use that, but by itself not mixed with the formula right? I sound really dumb, I just don't want to make a mistake.
post #39 of 47
Thread Starter 
Thanks aira, you've been really helpful.
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by lilsparrow View Post
My boy is using a bottle too. I gues I could use that, but by itself not mixed with the formula right? I sound really dumb, I just don't want to make a mistake.
Yeah, I think it would be super-yucky in milk!



Just in plain water should be tasty, depending on the flavor... I don't like the strawberry one at all, but my best friend is in love with it. I go for the lemon-lime, myself.


It's my pleasure to help. (That is, if all my yapping is actually helpful... )
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