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Home remedies for common ailments...
Heat 1 cup water + 1 TBSP lemon juice + 1 1/2 TBSP honey and drink.
It feels sooo good on a sore throat!!
Also, gargling salt water is supposed to help
kill germs and may help prevent an oncoming cold.
Aches, Pains & Sore Muscles
Click here to learn how to make your own hot pack.
Soaking in a warm bath with a couple cups of Epson salt works wonders too.
Cuts, Scrapes & Infections
Soak in 3% hydrogen peroxide, 5-10 minutes, several times a day. This has even healed tough gangrene!
Try sipping warm water with a bit of lemon in it, just before bedtime.
The reason our body develops a fever is to raise our temperature in effort to fight against a foreign invader. Instead of rushing to give meds to break the fever right away, take a long (up to an hour) soak in a very warm bath to help your body raise its temperature high enough to fight the germs it's trying to fight. Afterwards, you can rinse to cool off, and then would be a better time to take a fever breaking medicine if you choose to. Here is a great explanation of why we get fevers and what your options are for treating them. Of course, if the fever is very high, you need to see the doctor! And remember to keep your child home until he's been fever-free for 24 hours!
Fungus, Skin Infections, & Boils
Soak with hydrogen peroxide. You may spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide & water to the area, then let it air dry. Or make a solution to soak in.
Soak in epson salt to help draw out the splinter.
Stuffy Nose, Cold, & Sinuses
Use some diluted hydrogen peroxide (half water) in your nose and ears to kill bacteria... In your nose you can either apply it by tilting your head back and spraying in the solution, or carefully using a q-tip... just don't inhale- breathe through your mouth. Afterwards blow your nose. You can also drop in some diluted peroxide into your ears, then rinse & dry with a clean cotton swab.
Repeat these steps a couple times (a few hours apart) when you feel a cold coming on to get rid of it. Some people swear by this method, although I haven't tried it.
Swelling From Sprains & Bruises
To reduce swelling, soak in a warm bath
with two cups Epson salt.
If your child has a tummy ache but no other symptoms, send him to lie down and rest. If he's not sick, he won't stay down for long. Things to consider: what's he eaten lately- can food be the cause? When's the last time he went to the bathroom? Constipation is a major cause of tummy aches. Ask if his last stool was "long like a log or round like a ball" or if it was tough to get out. Can he be worried about something?
According to Dr. Hull, the basic treatment for a sudden onset of vomiting is: "bowel rest (nothing by mouth for the first 3-4 hours for new onset vomiting), clear fluids (frequent sips of Pedialyte, Rehydralyte, Ricelyte- meaning a teaspoon or two every few minutes), and observation (watching for signs of dehydration, especially in a child under 3-4 years, or when accompanied with diarrhea, or high fever). Assume that the vomiting will pass fairly quickly- in 8-12 hours or so - and report to your doctor if it seems to go on longer, particularly if there's something else going on with the child that makes you worried- diarrhea, high fever, anything abnormal in the stool like blood or excessive mucus, or if there's severe abdominal pain." He also says medications are generally discouraged.
DIET: For children under 2 try the BRAT diet... bananas, rice cereal, apple cause and juice, and toast. For adults and children over 3 here are some general recommendations for a clear liquid diet include: Clear snacks and drinks like cranberry, grape and apple juices, clear snack drinks like HiC, Koolaid & most juice boxes, bullion or clear broth, Jello, popsicles. Be sure to dilute the drinks half with water or ice. The first foods to reintroduce are small amounts of starchy foods, like crackers, bread or pasta. Avoid dairy, buttery, oily, or spicy foods. For more info on the clear liquid diet, click here.
When to Stay Home Sick...
- Stay home until you're fever-free for 24 hours. Even with no other symptoms, you're still brewing an infection!
- Stay home from health-care/hospital settings for 7 days from symptom onset or symptom resolution- whichever's longer.
- Stay home if you've vomited two or more times. A single episode could be brought on from many things- nerves or too much bouncing around, so wait to worry about it until it happens twice.
- Stay home if you have diarrhea. Loose, watery stools probably mean you're dealing with a virus, so stay home and keep hydrated! If you see blood or mucus in the stools, it could be a bacterial infection so contact the doctor.
- Stay home with coughing or breathing trouble. It spreads infection.
- Stay home with a rash that's spreading. You may need to check with a doctor to see if it's contagious.
- Stay home when lethargic.
- Stay home when on antibiotic treatment for the first day or two.
Know of more remedies I ought to add to the list? Contact me.
Off-Site Links of Interest: Parents' Common Sense Encyclopedia
(answers to common questions that come up in this pediatrician's office)
Disclaimer: The information given on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.