when you have littles, school-aged especially, it’s a matter of when not if someone’s getting sick.
we had a pretty rough run from about october to january. i’m learning that with three kiddos there’s just one more to pass things on to. therefore, one more week of somebody being sick. and as these things go, they seem to each take turns so each week is something new. ugh.
my husband has the best attitude. he doesn’t bat an eye of concern or fear of any kid illness. he almost welcomes the bugs, being confident in the immune systems we are fostering in these tiny people, and wanting to challenge and grow their immunity in a natural, healthy way. when i tell him, “so&so at school has xyz illness and our son sits next to so&so all day”, he says “great! i hope he gets it.” huh??!!
in my deep downs i know that he is right. however, my surface levels, which become the default in these situations, begin spinning a little bit when one of my kids gets sick. first comes the need to diagnose (likely the result of being raised by super smart doctor-nurse parents) and then the need to treat appropriately. not to mention the age-old emotional mommy struggle of hating to see your kid hurting and wanting to fix it all immediately.
these last few months, i have been tremendously grateful for the kind care of the chiropractor, dr. erica bullock, dc, i found through the birthing center where my littlest was born here in northern virginia. because her office is in the birthing center, she adjusted me while pregnant and even came to check on the baby before we left for home. she’s a mommy of three little girls, so she relates beautifully on a parental and professional level.
dr. erica was a literal sanity saver these last few months while the kiddos were sick. she was always available to help me and my kids, checking and adjusting them, and giving me at-home treatments to do too!
one of my favs was this detox bath.
this is a great idea for kids or adults during a bout of illness or when experiencing any skin issues. the warm water soothes the body and draws out toxins through sweat. the bath add-ins work as antimicrobial, immune-boosting, pH regulating, toxin-flushing aids.
i’m grateful for these easy, natural health helps, like this detox bath, to do from home. i trust that they help my kids. they also help me to know i’m doing all i can to take care of them and supporting their little bodies while doing their job of fighting illness.
an easy at-home detox bath for you and your littles to fight off illness and support immune systems. Click To Tweet
- 1-2 cups Epsom salt
- 1/4 cup sea salt
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2-4 drops lavender essential oil optional
- 2-4 drops frankincense essential oil optional
- Add all ingredients to very warm bath. Soak in bath for 20 minutes.
Be sure to stay hydrated.
If fever is high, decrease water temperature and monitor fever.
When getting out of bath, get up slowly to make sure you're steady on your feet.