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The Natural Pharmacy for your Baby and Toddler

Last week the Family Care Office hosted an exciting workshop entitled the Natural Pharmacy for your Baby and Toddler as part of our Baby and Toddler Talks Series.  Our fantastic guest speaker, Lianne Phillipson-Webb, is the founder of Sprout Right, a unique health and nutrition service specializing in pre-conception, pre-natal and post-natal care. She is a Registered Nutrition Consultant Practitioner and a member of the Nutritional Consultants Organization of Canada, has been featured on many TV shows including City TV’s Breakfest Television and Canada AM and is an expert on health and nutrition.

Unfortunately, it would be impossible for me to share all of Lianne’s great tips in a short blog, but here are a few of the main take-aways that I got from attending this workshop.


Photo Credit: Grayson, CC Image courtesy of Bruce Tuten on Flickr.

1. Probiotics are a great ally!

Probiotics can help infants and toddlers overcome all of the above mentioned health problems and are an important component of a healthy diet for everyone! Check out Lianne’s interview on this topic for some more information.

2. Keep a food diary.

If you are breastfeeding and your baby is experiencing colic, constipation and/or gassiness, try keeping a food diary to see if you can identify any triggers. Then, try cutting out some food items from your diet and see if there is a positive effect!

3. Cold, wet socks can help with fever.

Yup, you heard me! Lianne suggests cold wet cotton socks and caster oil for a child with a fever. At nap or bedtime, soak a pair of cotton socks in cold water. Put them on your baby or tot’s feet and cover with a pair of wooly socks. The socks will be dry in the morning. Also,  try applying caster oil to your baby/toddler’s chest, front and back before a nap or bed time.  

4. Diaper rash? Try cloth diapers.

If your baby or toddler has diaper rash, try letting them go diaper free for a period of time everyday, switching to cloth diapers and using water instead of baby wipes.

Have questions? Visit Sprout Right to connect with Lianne, find out about other services available and get some more great tips and tricks.  Join us for our other upcoming workshops in the Baby and Toddler Talks Series:





Emma Helfand-Green

Emma is in her second year of the Master of Public Policy program. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, studying psychology and political science. When she is not blogging for the Family Care Office, you might find Emma volunteering at the Hart House theatre, working hard (or hardly working) at the Robarts Library, or spending quality time with her cat, Goose.

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