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How to get kids to drink wheatgrass juice

Did you try to give your children wheatgrass juice? Did you get rejected? Perhaps something like: “Mom, that is… well… grass, cows eat grass…” You smile and tell the little wise one, that so do we.



Somehow the fresh smell of grass does not bring children to want to participate in the wheatgrass juice fest. How can you get kids to take wheat grass shots in the morning just like you do? It would be so good for them but somehow things that are very healthy seem to get kids to object.

Get the kids to drink wheatgrass juice!

I got my kids to drink wheatgrass juice, and this is how I did it…

For all the kids

No matter age, helping out with the juicing is fun and an incentive to drink the juice. It makes a mess, expect grass all over your kitchen, but once the juice is ready they want to try. They might not be crazy about the taste but if you act as if this is really cool they might do the same. Like they are drinking something that is really meant for adults.

Get a good hand driven wheatgrass juicer if you want the fun of cooperation. The electric juicers can also be great but might not present the same level of fun in making the juice.

Make the wheatgrass juice with the kids!

Grow it together

Similarly, it can help to grow the grass together like a project. Get the seeds and start a little farm project in the basement. Watching the grass grow could increase the desire to drink the juice from it…

 

Getting very young kids to drink wheatgrass juice

Bribe, bribe and bribe some more… Yes, it isn’t politically correct but it works. If you drink this (remember that it is just a cheek full) you will get A, Y or Z. This works with a four year old and definitely with older kids who will be happy to get new stickers for the albums, coins for their piggy bank and similar things. A shot a day can bring in many coins, remind them of this!

Pretend that you didn’t notice the kid behind your back

You want older kids to think that drinking wheatgrass juice is awesome. They won’t think so by you telling them this. But if some cool dude out in the nature talks about how he could see eagles fetch fish miles away they might get hooked. Pretend that you are doing your wheat grass research without noticing them behind you back. Play this video on your computer and have them watch it too. (This works the best when the kids are not normally allowed to watch movies or play games whenever they want)

 

The oh-so-special-not-for-you approach

Together with another grown-up you drink the juice. When the kids ask what it is you tell them that it is nothing for them. You don’t even bother to explain. When they nudge you tell then they won’t like it because they are kids. Do this a few times. It will have them try it. After that, you might need new techniques because it taste like, well uhm, grass. Cows eat grass…

Make it a game

You can get very scientific about it with older kids. Make a chart where you rate how tired you feel at a certain hour. Start taking the wheatgrass shots in the morning and then check daily how you feel. This is a game that both grownups and kids love. If your family is into charts and measuring things this can also be a help.

Disguise it!

If nothing else will do you might have to trick them. Cover the wheatgrass juice in something sweet and green. A commercial juice that they will drink could easily hide some of the healthy stuff. The downside to this is that the commercial juice is not exactly all that healthy. Just make sure your trick goes undetected. If not this might put the child off healthy things in your kitchen forever!

If these tricks don’t work to make the kids drink wheatgrass juice you might just want to put the project on hold a bit and pray for salvation in the shape of friends and other influencers getting onto the wheatgrass train.

Onion can be helpful when kids are coughing

Are they coughing the night away? Cough syrup is not always working and it can be frustrating to sit and listen to that constant cough. Try onion! Open up an onion and place it on a plate on the floor in the room where the child that coughs is supposed to be sleeping. You might very well see wonders from this.

Now, if the child is coughing out of allergy or asthma it is important to see a doctor to get proper treatment. The onion is not going to help him breathe properly again but it can also be a help alongside other methods like asthma medications. Try it out!

How to treat pinworms when pregnant

Pinworms are quite common among toddlers and pre-school kids and naturally those living with these youngsters risk getting the little white worms. If you are pregnant with pinworms the first thing you need to know is that it is not dangerous for the health of your new baby but, of course, it isn’t a pleasant experience and you should try to get rid of them in safe ways. Here are some important facts and advises if you need to treat pinworms when pregnant. Don’t despair; it is possible to get rid of them without medication!

No medicines!

Unfortunately you will not find conventional medicines against pinworms that are allowed for a pregnant woman. Treat your kids but don’t touch these medicines yourself! You will also find it difficult to treat pinworms when pregnant with natural medicines since they all state that they are not to be used when pregnant. This doesn’t mean that they are actually dangerous to use but rather that they haven’t gone through enough testing for their producers to stand behind a recommendation. This leaves a pregnant woman with pinworms without any medicines to treat the condition with, so what can be done? Plenty…



Your diet

OK, you are not supposed to start a diet when pregnant but you should certainly try to eat healthy and to avoid overeating. Pinworms love sugar so your first step should be to drastically reduce your intake of sugar. You can get plenty of sweet through fruits so cut cookies, candy and white sugar from your diet. Remember that white bread is quite often loaded with sugar, switch to a whole wheat brand instead. You should also get enough fiber to ease your digestion. Fruit will be good since it can help you clean yourself and reduce the blockage that worms would enjoy for pockets of surviving.

Garlic

It is well known that garlic works as a great medicine against pinworms and this is a natural medicine for pinworms that a pregnant woman can use. Make a salad and put in 2-3 cloves of garlic. Don’t cut the garlic into small pieces as this will take some of the power out of it. If you can muster eating garlic like this for a few days combined with a sugar free diet, you are well on your way to get rid of the worms!

Cleanliness

This is the step that can be a challenge, and especially when you are pregnant and already in sore need of rest and not of more housework. If the house is suffering from the worms you need to switch sheets and covers every day. If you don’t laundry them, at least air them out and hang them in a sunny place, the sun will kill the eggs and the worms. Change your underwear frequently and try to clean your private parts each time you go to the bathroom. Trim your nails and wash your hands with soap after every visit to the bathroom and before you eat or prepare any food.

This is how you can treat pinworms when you are pregnant and the good things with these steps is that they will also leave you healthier and with a very clean and tidy house. In a way you might want to see it as a blessing getting pinworms when pregnant when the result is that you have to stay away from all of that junk that only adds to your waistline and not to the healthy development of your baby. Good luck!

This is how to use a treadmill for spiritual and physical fitness

A treadmill is a wonderful piece of equipment. Today many women have one standing folded against the wall with various items hanging from the handles. If you’re only using it for burning calories by dusting it off once a month you need to see your treadmill in a new light. Turn it away from the window and make sure that you will be facing the wall where you can have privacy from passersby who might wonder if you have lost it as you seem to be talking to no one while walking on the treadmill.

Spiritual Exercise

If you don’t know about Emunah yet, you need to start by getting The Garden of Emunah by Rabbi Shalom Arush. This book will explain to you how you can change your life and start living with meaning and happiness without paying a fortune to psychologist, drug companies and gurus. One of the main aspects of Emunah, loosely translated as Faith, is to speak to G-d. Yes, you should speak to your Maker as if He was a friend with the difference that this Friend can truly do something about all of your woes and troubles.

Now, as much as we would like to get spiritual there is really no time for it. Women are busy with the facts of life and if we are lucky we get to express our spiritual needs for a few minutes here and there. With your treadmill and knowledge of how you can turn it into your hitbodedut station all of this can change. You can burn calories and get closer to G-d.

Your Talking to G-d Project

Speaking to G-d, also called Hitbodedut, is not always an easy thing to do, especially if you never did it, so the next step is to read In Forest Fields: A Unique Guide to Personal Prayer by Rabbi Shalom Arush. This book will give you some very useful information of how to talk to G-d and how to make requests. You can also read In the Garden of GratitudeThe Garden of Gratitude by Rabbi Shalom Arush to increase your inspiration to truly start your new project of walking the treadmill and talking to G-d. Don’t talk to other people too much about this, your evil inclination will be busy at work trying to prevent you from doing this because it could change your life in no time and all and leave the evil inclination without much to do but watch your happy life.

One Hour a Day

Aim for one hour a day on the treadmill. If you can’t commit to this amount of time do 30 minutes to begin with. Place a note with the things you need to talk to G-d about as you walk on the treadmill. You will be able to keep an eye on the treadmill clock so that you can divide your session into even parts. Choose a speed that makes it possible for you to talk. It is only good if you have to catch your breath, with time you will see that your stamina will improve and as you get used to talking to G-d, your body will get into shape. You will shed pounds as you shed your troubles.

Getting a Treadmill

If you don’t have a treadmill you might want to get one. Today this does not have to cost a lot of money and if you ask around a bit you might find that someone else might have one that you can take over before it caves in to the dust. You will only need a regular type of treadmill that will allow a faster walking pace. If it is foldable it is good since you might not have all that much space for it. Place it in a private corner where you can talk to G-d without anyone seeing your face. This is truly a perfect solution for a woman who wants to keep her privacy and work on her connection with G-d while doing something healthy that will soon make it possible to get into those pre-wedding skirts again.

Good luck!

Natural Remedies or Doctor’s Prescription against Pinworms…

Most with children have come across the white little worms that can make nights sleepless and days itchy. There is no doubt that traditional medicines that the pediatrician will prescribe take the pinworms out at once, but it is well known that these are not recommended to use too frequently. So what should one do? Stick to natural remedies or go for the meds to stay sane? Here are some thoughts from an experienced Mom on both options.

The Natural Remedies

Natural medicine is not less potent just because it is called natural. Many regular meds are basically just chemical copies of the natural substances so one cannot claim that natural medicine is harmless. Before you start treating the pinworms with a natural remedy, you must carefully check what it includes and how this could affect your child. Natural remedies can be very effective but count on having to use them for a few weeks to see results. If you want things to move along faster you can always add your own tricks of garlic cloves and Vaseline to make the worms leave your child’s bottoms and intestines.

The Drugs

Anti-worm medicines are highly effective. After one shot of 5 cc the child is already sleeping all through the night. For many this is exactly what is needed and since the medicine is not considered dangerous it looks like the better alternative. If the worms are only around for a short period this might very well be your best options but it is important to realize that it takes more than medication to get rid of the white little thingies for good.

Food and Friends

If you treat your child but the rest of the kids in playgroup continue to scratch away, your child will be in touch with the eggs of the worms and thereby contract them again. The medicine might work for 2-3 weeks but then you are back to square 1. To many any treatment against pinworms effective, medical or natural, one must couple it with less intake of sugar, proper cleaning of the house, trimming nails short and making sure that hands are washed and clothes changed right after playgroup or school. This takes a lot of work but it will be effective.

Can adults get pinworms from children?

Pinworms can make anyone feel tired. You wash and clean, and you use special methods to get rid of pinworms and yet they keep coming back. Suddenly you start to feel itchy and you wonder if you could have caught the pinworms from your child. It is disgusting to think about it but the truth is that an adult can get pinworms just like a child. The eggs are miniature and you won’t see if they are on your clothes, the couch, the table, a kitchen tool your child played with and so on…

I think I got them!

If you think you got the pinworms from your child you don’t have to feel alarmed about this. Pinworms are not dangerous and a grownup should be able to get rid of them fast. Make sure to increase your hand hygiene and especially when you treat your children for pinworms!

What to do…

If you are not crazily addicted to long finger nails it can be a very good idea to trim them short while dealing with pinworms. Long nails have a tendency to host all sorts of bacteria and unless you use a brush to clean them with each time you wash your hands, chances are that you have the pinworm eggs stuck under there.

Try to keep your hands out of your mouth! Even if you got the pinworms, you should be able to get rid of them by simply washing with soap and water for a few days and not give them the chance to get back into circulation. You can always use one of the treatments for pinworms that you offer your children. These will be just as effective on you.

Is it pinworms?

If you experience itching you might just be imagining. This is very common and it happens a lot when the kids get infested with lice. In fact, it is enough to speak about lice to feel an itch in the head so consider that you might be acting the same way with pinworms. It could be pinworms but don’t stress checking this out. If you just raise your level of personal hygiene to the strictest for a few days the itching should go away.

If it makes you feel better you can also do a quick rinse with the standard tools for colon cleanse that you can get over the counter in any pharmacy. However, don’t try this on your child as it might be a very frightening experience that serves no purpose when there are so many effective and easy methods for how to get rid of pinworms in children!

How to get rid of Pinworms

Before you start reading this article about how to get rid of pinworms, please, finish your drink and snack. This article is about the little white worms and their eggs, and even if the articles here on Expertmom.info try to keep a clean language, you are bound to read a thing or too in this article that might make you lose that appetite of yours…

Heaven save us, pinworms again...

Ok, you finished your drink and cinnamon roll, now you can get into the nitty gritty details of how to get rid of pinworms!

First things first…

Are you sure that these are really pinworms? The most common sign of pinworms is the itching, but there are other symptoms that could indicate that you have a case of worms at hands. Things like restlessness, the child keeps waking up, bed wetting, nightmares, grinding of teeth, and of course, complaints of bottoms that are hurting and itching, could all be sure signs of the little white thingies being hard at work. It is very important to remember 2 things here:

1. You will most likely not be able to spot a worm with your eyes since most of them are tiny and their eggs are microscopic.
2. Your child might not be able to express itching and might say that it is hurting in the bottoms which you might not understand properly so take any expressions of discomfort in this area as a suggestion of worms.

Yes, Silly Ass, that would be pinworms...

Medical Treatment

You always have the option of a medical treatment that your pediatrician can prescribe you. This is very simple. You give the child from the medicine twice in a span of a week to ten days, and then the worms are gone. This is effective and great, but the problem is that you haven’t really gotten rid of the source of the problem, namely the eggs. The eggs can survive for more than a month, and all they need is to get into someone’s mouth for the process to start again.

For the medical treatment to work, you need to couple it with complete spring cleaning of your house. This means that anything your child’s hands have touched during the past month must be washed and aired out. The next step is to ensure that your child will not touch anything in the house when coming home from playschool or school. Hands must be cleaned and clothes switched right as the child enters the home.

You might also want to treat the entire family with a family pinworm medicine at once to make the treatment truly effective.

Natural Treatment

You can also choose a natural method for getting rid of the pinworms. One could be to give the child a tincture of woodworm, woodworm pills, or something with similar effects during a month. These cures are usually very effective and a lot milder to your child’s body than the chemical treatments. Still, natural treatments demand the same cleanliness as the medical ones, at least if you want to see success that lasts. It doesn’t really matter if you choose to treat them with garlic, homeopathic drops or sugar strike; the worms will come back as long as the eggs stay in the vicinity!

Procedures you must follow to get rid of the pinworms:

1. Use some kind of treatment, choose natural or medical, and treat all children in your household that show signs of worms. If you can, discuss the issue with other parents or teachers to make sure that everyone makes a joint effort in getting rid of the worms.

2. Trim your child’s finger nails and get finger brushes for the sinks in your house. There should also be liquid soap available at every sink, and the child needs to learn to clean the fingers with soap and brush after the bathroom, and upon coming home from playschool and school.

3. Switch all bedding in your house. When the child is suffering from pinworms the eggs will end up wherever the child put his hands after itching. This means that beds are highly likely to contain thousands of these eggs. Clean out the bedrooms well, and do it more often during the treatment period.

4. Clean the toys by showering them down or laying them out in a very sunny place. The eggs are ruined in direct sunlight so this is an effective method for getting rid of them.

5. Try to establish a working communication where your child will tell you that it is itching without actually touching. When you hear this you need to immediately wash the bottoms with soap and water, and change underwear. This should be done even if you are woken up in the middle of the night because of the itching.

Remember that pinworms are not dangerous. They can’t harm you or your child, and you should be much more concerned by lice which is also a common problem picked up at school and in playschool. Just continue with the steps described above, and you will see that the worms won’t have the same hold on you and your family, even if they decide to show their ugly heads and tails again…

Things that can ease the discomfort

No matter what method of treatment that you pick for the pinworms to go away, you will see a relief of the symptoms pretty quickly. Still, if your child has been itching on the bottoms for a while, and is red in the area, you can soothe this by getting regular Vaseline. Each time you wash the bottoms with soap and water you add on a layer. The eggs will stick in this Vaseline and not be directly on your child’s skin which can make it much easier to deal with the worms and make them go away. Some even mix the Vaseline with some garlic to kill the worms in the process, and if you have the time and patience for it, it might very well be a great idea to go for. You can also try to reduce the sugar you give to your child to eat since this is something that the worms are feeding on.

Good luck and happy riddance of the little white ones!

Can I treat Pinworms with Soap and Water?

Pinworms are very common and the good thing is that they are not dangerous. They won’t harm your child if they are treated witin reasonable time. Pinworms are difficult since they create a lot of discomfort which makes it hard for the child to sleep and concentrate. The constant itching can drive anyone crazy and when you realize that it is pinworms again you start to sigh and wonder if you should give medication again.

The chemical medication against pinworms is a pretty strong concoction which works effectively and if you had to use it once it is not much to talk about. But what happens when your child has the pinworms for the umpteenth time? You don’t want to continue with the medication so you start with natural treatments, some expensive in the nature store and others straight from your fridge.

If you wonder if you can treat pinworms with soap and water the answer is YES! Yes, it is possible to treat pinworms with soap and water but this demands a few conditions and these are:

You must have the time to wash your child’t bottoms when they are itching, night and day!
Your child must be old enough to understand not to touch their bottoms but come to you for a shower when it is itching down there.
You must have enough clean laundry to switch underwear, pants, and bed wear several times a day.

Does this sound like a lot of fuss? It is, but the great thing about treating pinworms with soap and water is that you don’t have to wait a month to see the results like with some of the natural remedies. As long as your child can cooperate on not touching the bottoms and you are willing to wash day and night, the problem can go away with this method. If you are 2 parents you can take turns in the nights when there will be a lot of service required since this is the time when the worms set out to lay their eggs.

Arm yourself with patience and go through the strategy with your child. A child around the age of 4 should be able to understand what you are trying to accomplish and be willing to cooperate to get rid of the itching. Good Luck!

5 Tips for how to stop biting Finger Nails

Biting finger nails is a bad habit that is hard to stop. Unlike smoking, no one else will suffer from this habit but the one that can’t stop biting the nails. This makes it even more difficult to stop, but once you realize what you stand to gain if you stop biting your nails you will find it easier to follow through with a method or technique.
Here are 5 ideas and tips to help you stop biting your nails now, read them and get inspired to quit the habit that has haunted you since childhood!

1. Make a Decision

The very first thing is to make a decision and be serious about it. Forget about all the times that you tried without any success. It is a well-known philosophy that if you truly believe that you can do something you will be able to do it. Just think about the people who know how to chop bricks with their bare hands. If they were to stop a second and think they might fail the result will be a crushed hand. This is the same in any area of life so take a deep breath, tell yourself that you are worthy of healthy nails and that you can do this!

2. Decide which Method

There are plenty of great methods for stopping nail biting and you need to find one that feels right to you. One example is using a nail deterrent like Mavala Stop. You can read a review of Mavala Stop here on Expertmom. This cure will make it hard for you to bite your nails because the deterrent tastes awfully. If you think you need something extreme and powerful like Mavala Stop you can go for it but there are also other techniques.

3. When a Reminder is enough

Sometimes it is enough to use some sort of reminder. If you don’t want to use any chemicals to stop the nail biting you could simply use gloves. It will look a bit funny but when you wear the gloves you are reminded of your commitment to stop the nail biting. To some, a colorful nail polish will also do the trick and serve as a reminder not to put the hands in your mouth.

4. When a Reminder is not enough

If you can’t make it with a reminder you can also work with rewards. This means that if you manage to leave your nails alone, long enough to see a white moon, you get some sort of present. It can be wise to relate this present to your hands and get something like a new and fancy ring. Make sure that you celebrate every victory and make it fun to beat the habit. Use nail polish to make your nails look better.

5. Don’t give up!

You will have to be very patient with yourself. Nail biting is in many ways tougher than smoking. The hands and nails are there and no one will ever bother you with your biting. Just remember that people will see your habit as a sign of weakness. This might hurt your chances for a new job or even a date so keep this in mind when you try to quit. If you fail it is never too late to try again. Tell yourself that you are a human being and it is allowed to fail. The one who never stops trying can’t fail, sooner or later you will get there so keep your chin up, and try one more time!

Fun Salads for Child on Diet

Everybody knows that a diet demands some creative solutions for how to fill that plate up. It is never easy to just cut down on food that has worked as comfort and left you feeling full and soothed. This is no different for a child on a diet and in order to make the weight loss for a kid endurable it is important to offer some fun and healthy alternatives. You don’t have to slice a cucumber and place on the plate to make up for the chips. Here are some really cool ideas for salads that are attractive for a child that needs to lose weight!

Carrots

With carrots you can make many healthy things. If your child likes carrot juice you should consider investing in a juice maker. With a juice maker you can make juice of any vegetable and fruit that you like and get healthy naturally sweet drinks. Carrots are good for weight loss and they also promote healthy eyes so you are smart to include them in your child’s diet!

A very tasty carrot salad is made out of grated carrots and crushed pineapples. Take out the grater and shred the carrot at any size that you’d like. Mix the carrots with pieces of pineapples and you get a sweet and tasty salad that kids like!

Regular Salad made fun!

You can also create a regular salad in a new format. Slice the cucumbers, tomatoes and some spice the coriander into miniature pieces. Add miniature pieces of onion to this and mix it well. You can also pour some olive oil and lemon juice on this salad to make a real treat. Don’t forget the salt but both salt and olive oil must be used with moderation for a child on a diet!

The things that make the Salad more Eatable

For kids on a diet that hate the veggies you need to consider how to make that salad more attractive. Sometimes it is enough to mix in pineapple to make it look less like salad but some kids are trickier than other. Consider different types of nuts like almonds and walnuts as an addition to your salads. You can also roast sunflower seeds and add to the salad. These ingredients also promote a longer satisfied feeling so that your child won’t feel hungry so soon and benefit from the salad that you added to the meal.

You can also add a spoon of humus or sesame paste to make the salad tastier and get an effect similar to the one of the nuts. Since humus and sesame paste are fatty ingredients you need to be careful not to overdo it or leave access to refills to the child to handle! Remember that everything in moderation will help your child lose that weight so be supportive with this by limiting the access to the goodies!