By Suzanne ("Nana")NOTE: Nothing written below should take the place of advice from your doctor. We are not medically trained, and are not qualified to diagnose or recommend treatment for any illness.Here in the northeastern U.S., cold and flu season is upon us, and many of us are sick. Throughout the winter, most children experience runny noses, coughs, earaches, and sometimes fevers.
Illness & Natural Remedies
Last week I wrote about my concerns with giving pain relievers/fever reducers to kids. A few days later I read a New York Time's article that strongly suggests a link between acetaminophen exposure (in utero through adulthood) and asthma prevalence and severity.The article even identifies the mechanism that might cause this connection: "Even a single dose of acetaminophen can reduce the body’s
After an unprecedented four months of wellness, Felix had a bad cold last week that left him feverish for five interminable days. Predictably, Daylon and I debated whether to give Felix some children's Tylenol or just let the fever run its course.Our usual rule of thumb is to reserve the Tylenol for those times when Felix is especially uncomfortable--which is obviously a subjective
-By Suzanne ("Nana")Ah, the joys of chocolate. I indulge more frequently now that chocolate (the dark kind, of course) has risen to health-food status. When I first discovered healthy eating (more than 35 years ago), chocolate was a major no-no, and carob was the chosen food for baking desserts. While carob and chocolate have very distinct flavors, I find that the former satisfies a craving
-By Suzanne (AKA "Nana")Yum! Fresh bread and butter, homemade blueberry muffins, pancakes with warm maple syrup, cookies fresh from the oven! These are just a few of my favorite things (sorry, I am a Vermonter and Trapp Family/Sound of Music enthusiast). Baked goods are especially hard for me to resist with the cooler fall weather coming.Two of my top core values are maintaining my health