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#1 of 4 Old 12-09-2003, 04:25 PM - Thread Starter
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I keep reading about how terrible acetominophen is for your liver. I'm especially concerned about giving it to my daughter. Many folks give Tylenol like water during teething and fevers. We used to, but have since decided against it.

I'm also unhappy with the sugar and colors used in infant Tylenol.

Since aspirin and acetaminophen are both bad for children, what do others give to their children for pain relief?

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We use Hyland's homeopathic teething tablets for Declan's teething pain. They work very well. I've used them other times when I thought he was hurting (fingers smashed in a cupboard door - his own doing, mind you) and had some success.

Hyland's are available at health food stores and regular pharmacies, as well.

For fevers, I let low ones run. If the child is uncomfortable or the fever is high enough to worry me, I use baths, ibruprofen and lots of clear fluids.
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There are so many alternatives to Tylenol!!!!
There are some Chinese herbal formulas that are excellent for infants :

*Bo Ying Dan (or Bo Ying Pills) "Protect Baby Powder"~ reduces heat and phlegm; great for high fevers, coarse respiration, cough, stomachache, diarreah, vomiting, restlessness, and night crying.
It can be mixed w/ food (comes as a powder). Can be used in infants as young as 1 month old

*Tao Chih Pien/Dao Chi Pien "Guide Away Red Pills"~ clears heat, stimulates bowels, sore throat, mouth sores, swollen gums, red eye, constipation, and stomachache.
Suitable for infants as young as 6 months.

*Hui Chun Tan "Return to Spring Powder"~ clears phlegm, infant high fevers, coughs w/ phlegm, colds, measles, fitfulness, diffucult respiration, diarreah, vomiting.

For children over 5:

*Niu Huang Qing Xin Wan/ Peaceful Tea
For prolonged high fever w/ signs of restlessness

More alternatives would be:


-Arnica for muscle pain and bruising
-Chamomilla for restlessness and tension
-Belladonna for fevers and inflammation
-Hepar Sulph Calc for coughs
-Aconitum Napellus for colds and fevers
-Ferrum Phos for fevers and inflammation

These are just a few examples...
there are also formulas made of several different homeopathic ingredients that can also be very helpful for colds, flu, ear aches, headaches, etc


-lavender for relaxation
-eucalyptus for sinus and lung congestion (great in a vaporizer)

*Massage and Acupressure
use for headaches, stomache pain, neck and back tension, etc

used for numerous ailments and pains that may manifest throughout the body

-warm baths for relaxation
-cool foot baths to reduce heat
-hot water foot bath w/ 1 Tbsp mustard powder to relieve earaches, headaches, etc
-baking soda bath for rashes or skin irritations

-mullein oil or garlic oil in ear for pain
-echinacea or astragulus for immune support
-chamomile, catnip, or skullcap teas or tinctures for restlessness, fever, pain
-fennel or fresh ginger tea for upset stomach
-elderberry/sambucal for coughs, congestion, and sore throats
-slippery elm tea or losenges for irritated and swollen sore throats

-vitamin C for immune support and to clear heat
-zinc for immune support
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have you tried acupuncture for the TMJ? It can work wonders!!
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