Few things are worse than when your child gets sick. It can be heart-wrenching when your child complains he feels sick or hurt. Plus, as parents, we’re always trying to find a good way to make our kids feel better. With cold and flu season upon us, it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve for dealing with illnesses, as well as other maladies. Here are some you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
1. Save a sore throat with marshmallows
Oddly enough, those big fluffy marshmallows aren’t just good for making s’mores. They’re great for soothing sore throats. Marshmallows are made of gelatin and that relieves irritation. And as an added bonus, your kids won’t fuss over this solution because marshmallows are delicious!
2. Soothe bug bites with banana peels
You always run out of ointment when you need it. Like when a mosquito bites your child’s leg. If you find yourself out of soothing ointments, take a page from ancient Chinese remedies and rub the inside of a banana peel onto your child’s bug bites. It will quell inflammation, diminish redness, and stop itching.
3. DIY ice packs
You can save yourself some extra money when you need ice packs. If you have a child in sports, no doubt you need these often. Make them yourself using a large zipper bag for the freezer and fill it with 1 part of rubbing alcohol and 3 parts of water. It won’t freeze although it will get very cold. That means it will conform to any shape of the body, perfect for soothing any injury.
4. Stop nausea with rubbing alcohol
Try it the next time you feel like vomiting. Smelling rubbing alcohol chases away nausea. This is great for the flu or even motion sickness. Stash some of those rubbing alcohol wipes in your bag so you have them everywhere you go.
5. Remove a splinter with baking soda
Splinters are hard to remove, especially from children. Make it easy with baking soda. Just add a little water to baking soda to form a paste and then smooth it onto the area with the splinter. Cover it with a bandage and let the mixture sit for about 24 hours. The skin will push the splinter out more, making it easier to remove.
6. Log medicine doses on the bottle
When your child needs antibiotics, you have to make sure you give the medicine at the right dosage and time. Don’t forget when you administered the last dose. Get a permanent marker and use it to create a chart on the bottle.
7. Prevent stomach bugs with grape juice
When you have been around someone who has come down with the stomach bug, hurry and drink 3 glasses of 100% pure and real grape juice a day. This will prevent you from coming down with the bug yourself.
Do you have any go-to remedies for illnesses and injuries in your family? Now you can add these to your list of cure-alls!