My First Aid Kid for My Kid: Doc Sharmen’s Recommendations (mostly)
In this blog post, I want to share with you a special treat I’ve prepared for my daughter’s wellness that I am sending with my mother-in-law. They are flying to Israel for five weeks. I have compiled a list of essential supplements and medicines that I use to support her health. These are the tools I rely on to support and help her system rather than use band aids to address symptoms.
Before I delve into the details, let me tell you about the mixed emotions I’ve been feeling as my daughter prepares to leave. We’ve had countless conversations about how we’ll miss each other and the challenges we might face during this time apart (like not hugging or snuggling). We’ve discussed the importance of taking deep breaths, acknowledging the difficulty, and planning for it. And also focusing on the silver linings to this experience. She’ll have the opportunity to practice her Russian and Hebrew and connect with her grandparents, who adore her, and have an adventure of her own. Plus, it gives my partner and me some quality time together- we will be out camping, rock climbing, and hot spring soaking. Life is a mix of positives and negatives; this five weeks too.
Now, let’s get to the core of this blog post: the supplements and medicines I use for my daughter’s well-being. Please note that I am not affiliated with any of these products, but I have provided an Amazon list for your convenience.
Digestion is a topic close to my heart, and I find probiotics incredibly useful. Some people may question their effectiveness, but I’ve seen positive results for both my daughter and myself (my man too). I particularly recommend a brand called “Therbiotic,” which I discovered through Dr. Sharman. Keeping these probiotics refrigerated ensures their potency. Additionally, I love using doTERRA DigestZen, an essential oil blend that aids digestion. It contains essential oils like cardamom and cumin, which we apply to my daughter’s belly when she’s feeling off.
For skin stuff, I like on California Baby Calendula Cream. It’s a miracle cream that has helped my daughter heal from burns as well.
For urinary tract infections, I use D-mannose, that can be opened up and divided in 1/3 or half and then mixed with yogurt. It works wonders.
Now, let’s shift our focus to immune support. I start with wellness children’s immune chewables containing zinc and echinacea. They give a much-needed boost to the immune system. Another valuable find is Highlands homeopathic medicine, specifically for cold and cough. I stumbled upon this by chance, and it proved incredibly effective in providing relief to my daughter.
Temperature management is crucial, especially when it gets too high. I use a natural acetaminophen without artificial additives or sweeteners for those uncomfortable nights when she can’t sleep. If possible and first I use hot and cold therapy which is a big one Doc Sharman uses and suggests. Applying hot and cold water alternately helps boost our immune systems and regulate body temperature. For coughs, I rely on Zarbee’s eucalyptus chest rub combined with doTERRA Breathe formula. It’s soothing and aids in better sleep.
Mucus can be a disrupt sleep during illnesses, so I incorporate N-acetylcysteine (NAC) to clear it up, mostly when she can’t sleep. It works wonders in helping my daughter breathe better.
For ears… another remarkable discovery is ozone oil, which I use to alleviate earaches, a common occurrence among kids because of the angle of their nasal passageways. A few drops of this oil in each ear does the trick. An old grandma trick (that works and is also recommmeded by Doc Sharman) is cutting an onion in half, heating in oven til it smells good, and then applying body temp warm over both ears. Always treat both ears, even if only one hurts.
Having a thermometer handy is essential to monitor temperature.
Arnica, a homeopathic remedy, is my go-to for bumps and bruises. It provides relief and helps soothe the affected area.
I hope this list of supplements and medicines proves useful to you. If you’re interested, I can also share a similar post about what I use when I get sick, like one for big people :). Feel free to let me know in the comments or send me a message.
Thank you for reading, and I wish you a beautiful week filled with nourishing food and meaningful connections.
Ps… Finally, I had a heartfelt conversation with my mother-in-law, requesting her not to discourage my daughter from crying. It’s vital to create an environment where emotions are acknowledged and processed, rather than suppressed. In my work as a coach, I emphasize the importance of feeling and expressing emotions, as opposed to avoiding them. It’s a valuable lesson I’m offer my daughter.