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Eating and treating naturally

MARY BROOKSspecial to the daily

When my son was 7 months old, I needed to start feeding him solid foods. He was starving and goat milk alone was not doing it for him. He constantly wanted our food. So off I went to the grocery store to look at the baby food section. I was horrified by the ingredients in the baby food. They all had sugar in them. I am very sensitive to sugar, and there was no way that I was going to feed my child sugar at this young age. I decided to make his baby food.I cooked the food ahead of time and then pureed it in a blender. Then I poured the liquid food into ice cube trays and froze it. When it was time for him to eat, I had an assortment of healthy choices to heat.A natural baby book that I found suggested feeding your child bananas and avocados first. Each of these foods needs to be added one at a time to see if the child has any reactions. My son loved both of them, but I started noticing that he would get a runny nose if he ate too many bananas. I decided to cut out the bananas and see what happened. Sure enough, his runny nose went away. I knew the bananas were something I needed to be careful of. The avocados were fine. I slowly started adding black beans, squash, peas and carrots to his diet.Once in a while I would feed him something then notice a red mark around his mouth. I learned that was the first sign of an allergy. It was like a big red stop sign on his face. I avoided soy, wheat, sugar and dairy due to the advice of the acupuncturist that I was seeing. These foods supposedly are the main allergy culprits and are used in just about every kind of food there is. I started giving him herbs and never gave him any Tylenol or any antibiotics.He seemed to develop a chronic cough when he was 9 months old. I could not pinpoint the cause. I tried eliminating foods and watching what he ate, but I could never figure it out. So I kept going to the acupuncturist; she would prescribe herbs, which would clear it up, but then it would come back again. So we lived with the cough.When he was 1 year old, he got pink eye. It was in early June. Other than the cough, he had never been sick. I started reading about different symptoms and which herbs are good for pink eye. I found out that eyebright is a wonderful remedy, and you can get it in a tincture as well as a tea form. I made tea in a pot and used a rag and soaked it in the eyebright. Once it cooled I made a mask that I put over his eyes. We made a game out of it as I sat and told him stories. I think he knew it would make him feel better, and he always cooperated. Plus I think he liked the stories.I wanted to be able to help my child and understand what natural remedies I could use to help support his system in overcoming physical ailments. The more I did it, the more confident I became.