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Chill a Fever With Lemon

Though fevers tend to scare parents, they are a sign that the body’s immune system is working. While a fever in babies under the age of 3 months is cause for concern and should be evaluated by a doctor, most fevers do little more than make your baby feel out-of-sorts.

To help take the edge off a fever, slice a lemon over a bowl of warm water to capture the fruit’s aromatic oils. Using a cotton cloth, give your baby a “sponge bath” with the warm lemon water. The cooling properties of the lemon and evaporating water work together in reducing the fever, Feder advises.

“Make sure the water is not too cold,” Feder says. “The idea here is not to shock the child.”

Breastfeeding Moms: Are You Giving Your Child Gas?

One of the most common causes of tummy aches in babies is gas. Burping your baby can help, but so can examining your diet if you are breastfeeding.

“By eliminating certain foods, you might be able to curb gas production in your child,” Neustaedter says.

The most prevalent gas producers are dairy products, wheat, eggs, vegetables in the cabbage family, and beans.

Other offenders that not only cause gas but may make a child irritable include: caffeine, chocolate, and spices. “If mothers eliminate those foods,” Neustaedter explains, “they can see if they are causing problems in babies.”

You’ll know if a certain food is giving your baby gas, he says, when you reintroduce it into your diet. If it’s a culprit, your baby will start screaming within hours after feeding.

Grandma’s Remedy: Prunes Prompt Poop

There’s a reason prunes have a reputation for promoting regularity: Prunes are high in sorbitol, a type of sugar alcohol purported to have a mild laxative effect.

If your baby is straining to poop and the stools are hard, try adding prunes to your feeding regimen.

For constipation, Neustaedter recommends hydrating and chopping a few organic prunes. “Put them with whatever solid food you’re giving them. If you’re feeding broccoli and peas, add some prunes. That usually does it.”

Because babies don’t have notions about whether such combinations are appetizing, they typically eat with relish because prunes are sweet.

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