You’d love a natural cure for bug bites, bee stings, sunburn, dehydration and other summer woes that can befall your child. But perhaps you’re not convinced those natural remedies will really do the job. “Some parents are skeptical that natural cures don’t work as well as conventional over-the-counter treatments–you know the ones loaded with chemicals you can’t pronounce,” says pediatrician Lawrence Rosen, MD, co-author of Treatment Alternatives For Children, and a founding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine. “But for many common pediatric conditions natural remedies are safer, more cost-effective and work just well—if not better—than conventional medications.”
These nine natural remedies are OK to use for babies on up. “There are no med interactions I know of with any of these and allergies are very rare,” says Dr. Rosen, “but you should check the label—and be open with your doctor about all treatments you are using.” If you think immediate medical attention is necessary, or a problem gets worse with a home treatment, call your doctor.