It’s Monday again. I feel like I’ve been failing all around. I want to be all things to all people, but have not stayed connected to God through daily Bible study and devotional time like I should. In my human efforts to be productive, I have not succeeded. As I slow down and listen to God, I feel His peace on my life, even in stressful moments. I have been distracted and having a hard time focusing on any single task. Thank you for your patience and understanding as I navigate and acclimate to this new part of my life. I am working on transitioning it into my already Complete Life.
The weekend is my favorite! I love having my children home from school. We play, read, watch movies, and go to church together. Every other weekend, my wonderful niece comes over from Friday through Sunday. This was my weekend to have her. Unfortunately, there was some sickness happening. My son was complaining of tummy aches at dinnertime for 2 days. I honestly thought he just didn’t want the food offered to him until tummy troubles manifested on Friday night. Luckily, he was fine by the next morning. My niece’s grandmother called letting us know that she wasn’t feeling well and wanted to make sure I didn’t mind her coming. I’m not one to be afraid of germs and happily welcomed her visit. I don’t regret it for a minute, but I spent my weekend cleaning vomit. I gave buckets (large, clean yogurt containers) to everyone who exhibited symptoms. On Sunday morning, another son vomited and at 3:00am on Monday, one of my daughters vomited. Needless to say, it’s been a crisis control kind of weekend. I wanted to share how we handle this.
The most important thing to remember with vomiting and diarrhea is to stay hydrated. This can be very hard depending on the severity. It is best to drink small amounts frequently to avoid further upsetting your stomach. Water and coconut water are the only things I allowed my children to drink this weekend. https://draxe.com/is-coconut-water-good-for-you/ I do not allow them to drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade at all. The ingredients include water, Sugar, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Modified Food Starch, Natural Flavor, Red 40, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Carmel Color. Sugar is an enemy of the immune system as it causes inflammation and other issues. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sugar-and-inflammation Red 40 can also cause many issues, including hyperactivity, cancer, and allergies. It’s on the NEVER list for my family. https://www.livestrong.com/article/445428-is-red-40-food-coloring-dangerous-to-your-health/ I don’t like the other ingredients either, but these are the 2 I avoid most.
Activated charcoal is a black powder. It can be purchased in the form of capsules or loose powder. I have always purchased it in capsule form since that’s how most of us take it. My younger 4 children are not great at swallowing capsules, so i open it and pour the powder into a small amount of applesauce. It turns it black so I call it “blacklesauce”. It makes them forget that it’s different and they eat it. It is very safe and I even gave it to my 3 year old as a preventative. I have used it when needed for my children from the age of 1. I use a smaller amount for a smaller body. You can learn more about activated charcoal from Dr. Axe. https://draxe.com/activated-charcoal-uses/
Immune Boosting Drink
I don’t use this for anyone who is already vomiting. I don’t know that i can’t, but it seems that it would burn their already sensitive stomach and esophagus. For myself, i use 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 drop of lemon essential oil, and a few drops of stevia. I fill the glass with 4 to 8 oz of hot of cold water, depending on my mood. For my younger children, i do 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a few drops of stevia. I add 1 drop of essential oil to 8 oz of water and split it between 4 of them. They each like it differently. Some add water, and some drink it less diluted. I like to drink this daily and feel better when I do.
My goal is to give my children a detox bath every week. That hasn’t been the case for a while, but I make sure to give them one when they don’t feel well. This bath is for one child only, so even if your children bathe together, this is not the time. Toxins can be pulled from their bodies and into the water. The magnesium in the epsom salt is great for muscles and sleep. Baking soda can neutralize the chlorine in the water. Apple cider vinegar does everything. It helps detox, soothes pain, and balances pH. The essential oils promote relaxation.
To prepare a detox bath, fill the tub with water as warm as your child can tolerate. This helps them sweat and opens their pores. Add 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of epsom salt, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 4 drops of frankincense and 4 drops of lavender. Have them soak in the tub for 20-40 minutes. Please do not leave young children unattended. During and after soaking, do not use soaps, lotions, or shampoos. We are trying to get toxins out, not add anything at this time. Make sure to drink plenty of clean, filtered water before and after a detox bath to assist in flushing toxins. Helpful tip: if your child is vomiting, don’t forget to have a bucket handy so they don’t vomit in the tub.
I use oils almost every day in one way or another, but especially during an illness. As stated above, I use lemon in water, frankincense and lavender in the bath. I also use oil in the diffuser, on their feet, and for tummy troubles I put another oil on their bellies. In the diffuser, I use about 4 drops of Thieves oil in an open space. Thieves oil is a blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils. I mix 1 drop with a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub it onto everyone’s feet. This amount is enough for our entire family. We all have socks ready to put on after the oil is applied. My younger children get Tummygize, and my older children get Digize. I put a few drops on my palm and rub it directly on their bellies. You could also use peppermint oil, but be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil since this is a “hot” oil. The Tummygize is a prediluted blend for children and does not require further dilution.
Seek Medical Care
Typically if your child is still vomiting for longer than a day, you should seek medical treatment. In our case, each child was only affected for a few hours with the exception of my niece. She was not projectile vomiting, but was vomiting very small amounts often. Once we exhausted all of the options above, I contacted her grandparents who scheduled an appointment with her pediatrician. The doctor determined her to be dehydrated and recommended she visit the ER for IV fluids. I am blessed to have a dad who is a doctor and mom who is a nurse, and their practice administers IVs. They examined her and my mom gave her an IV at the office. She felt much better, but was still vomiting. We are waiting for her doctor to advise further.
I hope that your family has Complete wellness and never has to deal with any tummy troubles. Unfortunately, most people deal with it at some time or another. I hope the ideas above help bring relief and reduce the duration of the illness. Please leave a comment if you have additional tips or ideas to help someone dealing with tummy troubles.