How To: Treating Kids’ Ailments with Natural Remedies
Ahh, summer, a time when kids (and adults) get bitten by bugs at the picnic, get car sick on the family vacation, get tummy aches when trying new foods and other not so pleasant surprises. But don’t reach for that over-the-counter medication just yet. Natural remedies for your kids are all around you–all you have to do is know where to look.
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The Kitchen Pantry
AILMENT Bug bite
SOLUTION Baking Soda
WHAT TO DO To alleviate the itching, mix a teaspoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a thick paste. Smear it on the bug bites and let it dry.
WHY IT WORKS The alkaline baking soda helps counteract the acidic swelling.
AILMENT Sore Throat
SOLUTION Honey and lemon
WHAT TO DO Mix together a tablespoon of each, microwave for 15-20 seconds until warm (not hot) and have your child swallow the mixture one teaspoon at a time.
WHY IT WORKS Lemon dries up congestion and honey provides a soothing coating.
SOLUTION Chamomile tea
WHAT TO DO Steep tea for five minutes, let it cool to room temperature and then put one to two ounces in a bottle.
WHY IT WORKS Chamomile relaxes intestinal muscles.
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The Bedroom Dresser
AILMENT Neck or tummy pain
SOLUTION A sock
WHAT TO DO Fill a sock with uncooked rice and tie it closed with a string. Heat in the microwave for one minute or until warm and place wherever there is pain.
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AILMENT Swimmer’s Ear
SOLUTION A blowdryer
WHAT TO DO Mild cases of swimmer’s ear occur when inflammation of the outer ear traps liquid and possibly bacteria. To treat it, try evaporating the trapped water by aiming the blow dryer at your child’s ear from a foot away. Make sure the setting is on warm, not hot.
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AILMENT Car sickness
WHAT TO DO For children ages two and older, add a teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger to four ounces of boiling water and let it steep for 4-5 minutes. To make it taste better, add honey. Give to your child half an hour before getting in the car.
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SOLUTION Stick of gum
WHAT TO DO For children four or older who complain of a full stomach, offer a sugar-free stick of gum to chew on.
WHY IT WORKS The extra saliva your child produces will neutralize the excess stomach acid that is causing the problem.
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