Saturday, June 21, 2008

Home Remedies

I read these in Parent's Magazine and thought it seems really interesting.

Honey and lemon juice for sore throat
Mix together a tablespoon of each microwave for 20 seconds until warm (not hot) and have your child swallow the mixture a teaspoon at a time.

Chamomile tea for colic
Steep tea for four to five minutes, let it cool to room temperature and then put one to two ounces in bottle.

Baking soda for bug bites

Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a thick paste, smear it on the bites, and let it try.

cayenne pepper for nosebleeds

Keep your child's head upright and pinch his nostrils together for several minutes. Then sprinkle a pinch of ground cayenne pepper on a moistened cotton swab and dab inside the nose on the area of the bleeding.

Duct tape for warts

Place a small piece on the skin over your child's wart, but not so tightly that it hurts. Change the tape whenever it starts to get icky: in about a month, the wart should be gone.

A bubble wand for anxiety

Have our child blow long, slow steams of bubbles from the soapy wand.

Fresh Ginger tea for car sickness

add a teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger to four ounces of boiling water and let it steep for four to five minutes. You can add a bit of honey to make it taste better.

A credit card for a bee ting

Use he flat edge of a credit to gently scrape across the area until the stinger comes out.

Stick of gum for indigestion
chew some gym when she complains of a full stomach after a big meal

Don't try these

Whiskey for teething
Rubbing even a small amount of whiskey on a baby's gum can cause alcohol poisoning. Instead, gently massage the area with your finger.

Butter for burns

Petroleum jelly, oil and butter trap heat which can worsen a burn. It's best to soak your child's skin in cool water and cover with a sterile gauze pad. If it's oozing, call your doctor or head to the ER.

Bicorbonate for colic.

Some babies have died or suffered long term cognitive delay from swallowing this.

rubbing alcohol for fever.

It's true that it cools down your child's skin as it evaporates but she can also absorb and inhale the alcohol which could poison her.

Cigarette for tick removal.

The heat from a lit cigarette ca cause a tick to burrow deeper into the skin. Instead, use blunt tweezers to pull the tick out.

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