Dear Diary,


My grandmothers had a natural remedy for everything under the sun. My paternal grandmother planted peppermint on the side of her house–which still springs up almost a decade after her death. She mixed mint into tea and infused it in water. The menthol helped treat colds caught by her children and grandchildren.


Grandmother (1)


My maternal grandmother made an onion and sugar syrup. She layered the ingredients and steamed in in a large pot.  The liquid cured colds from Decatur, Georgia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  And my great-great-great grandmother passed down a mustard plaster recipe. The remedy worked according to my relatives.


Great-Great-Great Grandmother (1)





Now that I’m a mom I want to pass down the traditional treatments to my daughter. Fortunately, I can get a little help, thanks to modern medicine, without losing the natural ingredients.  Before my baby was even born, I bought Little Remedies® for Fevers™ Infant Fever/Pain Reliever . It’s paraben, Dye and gluten free. There are no artificial flavors, colors, unnecessary additives, aspirin, ibuprofen, saccharin, high fructose syrup or alcohol! Reading the box when I registered for my baby shower calmed my nerves, since I found what appeared to be an effective product and made with ingredients that I could pronounce and that even my grandmother would feel good about.  When I was asked to become a brand ambassador, I immediately emailed the person back a picture of my medicine cabinet–which is stocked with Little Remedies® products.


Medicine Cabinet

Little remedies Infant


Little Remedies® got my little one through tough teething times and soothed her to sleep when she fought off a cold or the flu–especially the three months she attended daycare when she came home sick several times.  Like most new moms, I cried when my daughter cried when I wished I could take the pain away. Being that I got nervous the first few times I played pediatrician–heck, I was now in charge of the well-being of another human being, I was comforted by the AccuSafe® Dosing.




Little Remedies® is the very first children’s medicine brands to adopt a new AccuSafe® Dosing system for infant acetaminophen products. It’s designed to ensure safe and accurate dosing and minimize  the risk of accidental ingestion. It comes with a flow restrictor and a pull back on the syringe to extract the correct amount.


Now that my little one is becoming a big girl–if I don’t say it aloud will I prevent it from happening?, I can move up the the Little Remedies® for Fevers™ Children’s Fever/Pain Reliever, which will provide the same safe and effective relief.




Praying that I don’t have to break the seal this cold and flu season and administer medicine. Until the first sneeze or cough, I’ll work to keep us both happy and healthy. I always pack hand sanitizer, a high chair/grocery cart cover and disposable placemats in my diaper bag.


Hey DFTM Fam–What natural remedies has your family members passed down? How do you keep everyone in your house happy and healthy?  



About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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