Home Remedies Can Be Helpful - My Family Travels

With travel come many opportunities for bumps, bruises and various ouches. Fortunately, most of the classic aches of childhood have tried 'n' true home remedies to spare parents a midnight's hunt for the pharmacy at their vacation destination.

FTF's staff and membership have come up with some great home remedies for those pesky ailments that trouble many children on resort, beach or warm weather vacations.

Taking the Bite Out of Bug Bites

To reduce the sting and swelling of horseflies, bees, or spider bites, there are many suggestions for natural astringents to put on the sore area:
a) damp, warm, used tea bag.
b) red vinegar.
c) alcohol.
d) dollop of toothpaste.

No Sting Jelly Fish Stings

To relieve the itch and swelling of jelly fish stings, moisten a cotton ball with ammonia and press it over the affected area for one minute.

Hurt No More – PreventingSwimmer's Ear

To prevent the painful, itching infection of the outer ear that can result from too much underwater swimming, prepare a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in a medicine bottle with a dropper. Squeeze some in each ear after swimming to dry out the ear canal and prevent the growth of germs.

How to Cope with Sunburn

To reduce the burning sensation and blistering of sunburnt skin, dampen the affected area with red vinegar and let it sit on the skin for three minutes, before rinsing with cold water.

Getting the Kids to Love Yukky Medicine

If the ailment persists and your pediatrician prescribes an oral medication, here's a tip to make the 'medicine go down' a bit easier — Ice. Give children an ice cube to suck on while you're preparing their dose. Then, administer it immediately, while their taste buds are still numb, and you should hear fewer complaints

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