Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chicken Soup, It's Good for What Ails You

Hello...anybody still out there?  My apologies on neglecting this blog.  I knew having a baby would keep things hopping around here, but Whoa!  I don't even have time to jump on the computer after I get home from work.

Baby is now 5 months old!  She pretty much stopped nursing after I returned to work. She figured out that it was much easier to be fed from a bottle, and that-was-that.  Unfortunately, just like my son, once she went to formula full time eczema reared it's ugly head.  She was getting the giant welt like patches on her arms and legs.  I was having terrible flashbacks and was hell-bent on preventing another nightmare.

I realize a baby's immune and digestive systems are immature and need time to develop.  From what I've gathered, a baby's stomach is permeable to allow the antibodies from breast milk to enter the baby's system.  The stomach will eventually 'seal up'; however, prior to doing so other foods can more easily seep through and the body may attack the foods in the form of an allergic reaction.  If this is all true, it makes sense to me that the baby's system was not liking the formula components and was creating inflammation in the form of eczema.

So what to do about this?  Changing formulas is an option, but to me that's not getting to the root cause.  I was looking for ways to help 'seal up' the stomach.  Was that even possible?  With some digging, I discovered that homemade bone broths have the potential to do just that.  Homemade broths are gelatinous and are chock full of nutrients and minerals that help aid with the digestive system, among other things.  We turned to homemade chicken broth when my son was going through the worst of his crisis to help heal his body.

So with that, homemade chicken broth was baby's first food.  After three days her skin showed marked improvement.  My neighbor who initially thought I was nuts for feeding the baby broth, is completely sold on the idea after seeing the undeniable difference.  It's been 3 weeks now, and baby's skin is smooth and soft and her cradle cap has cleared up.  It reminds me of how dog owners are told to feed dogs chicken soup to get their shiny coats.

So how does one make homemade chicken broth?  It's so simple.  I take a whole, organic chicken and toss it in the crock pot on high for 4-6 hours.  I add a little sea salt.  If this wasn't for baby, I'd add some veggies and spices.  After it's cooked (the legs start to separate form the body when it's done), de-bone the chicken and use the meat for whatever.  Put the bones and joints back in the crockpot, fill with 6-8 cups of water, add 1-3T apple cider vinegar, and cook on low over night.  Strain into containers.

Baby loves it.  She gets 1-2 ounces prior to a formula bottle 3-4 times a day.


  1. Yes, there are people out here following your blog. Glad to hear that bone broth worked for your baby. Happy Birthday to your son, I remember from your blogs that May is the month.

    1. Wow, great memory! Thanks for still visiting!!

  2. Bone broth contains gelatine which coats the intestines and plugs any holes which can cause small particles to get into the blood stream. Its great stuff.