According to a doctor you don't always need a prescription to get a child back on his feet again. Here he share his favorite home remedies for common childhood ailments. Though not meant to take the place of medical attention, these remedies may help your child through the bad night or offer some comfort on his part.
8 Common Childhood Ailments
1. Ear Infections in Children
Doctors often recommend :
- Place warm compress over your child's ear to help ease pain.
- Microwave a potato for 5 minutes and then wrap a wet washcloth around it. Just make sure, it's not hot enough to cause burn. Because some ear infections are caused by bacteria, call your pediatrician to ask if your child needs an antibiotic.
2. Cuts in Children
Almost all kids had experience a slew of cuts and scrapes. When treating cuts:
- Clean the area with mild soap and water.
- Cover the wound with some of the papery skin from the onion and apply pressure. While science of this isn't entirely clear, the skin of the onion acts as coagulant helping stop the bleeding. Once it stop, cover the cut with a bandage says a doctor.
3. Child Stomach Ache. Ease a child's upset tummy by the following:
- Give your child a cup of diluted tea. Pepper mint is best because it contains antibacterials.
- Another cupboard cure is Club soda. The sodium bicarbonate in the soda acts as a gas reliever.
If your child's stomach ache is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, you should call your doctor. Your child could be suffering from more serious, such as bowel obstruction.
4. Motion Sickness in Children. Young children often get ill on car, boat and plane trips because their inner ears sense motion but their eyes and joints do not. The home remedy is ginger root. It is a great anti-nauseate. Put a pinch of powdered root in whatever your child will drink.
5. Sore Throat in Children. If your child is old enough to gargle usually about age six or seven:
- Have him gargle a solution of one teaspoon salt and warm water. The warm water is soothing, and the salt acts as an antiseptic which help kill germs says an assistant professor of pediatrics.
- Another throat soother is a few ounces of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of honey and the juice of a half a lemon. Even in small quantities, lemon can have an analgesic effect, and honey can stimulate the immune system. But don't give it to a child under age of one says an assistant professor of pediatrics.
6. Burns on Children. For first-degree burns:
Put a cold compress on the area. After 24 hours, smooth on aloe vera; use the extract from the broken leaf. Aloe vera have antibacterial properties. Wait 24 hours to allow the inflammation to subside according to an assistant professor of dermatology. You can also cover the burn with petroleum jelly.
7. Skin Rashes in Children. To cure skin rash of your child: Take the itch out of a skin rash with an oatmeal bath. You can make your own by placing a cup of uncooked oatmeal in a washcloth, tying with a string, and then tossing it into the tub water. Oatmeal has an anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Insect Bites in Children. To quell the swelling and itchiness of a mosquito bite:
- Apply a paste made with two tablespoons baking soda and a few ounces of water. Leave it on for at least ten minutes. The alkalinity of the baking soda combats the acidity of the venom thus decreasing pain and swellings says a clinical instructor of pediatrics.
- Dabbing toothpaste on the bite is another remedy. The minty flavoring cools the bite easing discomfort says an assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital.
9. Croup in Children. A croup is an inflammation of the larynx and trachea. It is marked by a barking cough that often strikes at night and is usually caused by cold or other respiratory infection. According to a Providence pediatrician, the best way to combat a croup is to drive your child around in the car with the windows down. The night air, especially in the cold weather acts like ice on a bruise.
10. Nosebleeds in Children. Lean your child's head forward slightly. Pinch his/her nostrils between your fingers. Apply firm pressure for about ten minutes. Putting pressure on a bleeding nose compresses the ruptures blood vessel, helping stop the bleeding. And don't pack the nose with tissue paper. Since you do not know how to get the tissue out of his/her nose says a doctor.
Christiano, Donna, "The Very Best Home Remedies For Kids." Women's Journal Jan. 03