Looking for safe， doctor-approved cures for sore throats， coughs， stomachaches， and more? Check this out!
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Honey and Lemon Juice for a Sore Throat
Lemon dries up congestion and honey provides a soothing coating， says Lane Johnson， MD， medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In fact， a recent study found that a spoonful of honey eased kids' coughs even better than cough medicine. Mix together a tablespoon of each， microwave for 20 seconds until warm ， and have your child swallow the mixture a teaspoon at a time. Caution: Honey is not safe for babies under 1 year.
Chamomile Tea for Colic
Peter Rabbit's mother fed him soothing chamomile tea in Beatrix Potter's classic tale， and calm her down，， a pediatrician in Chapel Hill， North Carolina. Steep tea for four to five minutes， let it cool to room temperature， and then put one to two ounces in a bottle. Don't give your baby more than four ounces a day so that she'll be sure to have plenty of room in her tummy for breast milk or formula.
Baking Soda for Bug Bites
to make a baking-soda paste for me when I was a child， and when I tried it on my own kids， they said that it stopped the itching better than store-bought products，' says Estelle Whitney， MD， an ob-gyn in private practice in Wilmington， Delaware. The alkaline baking soda helps counteract the acidic swelling， enough water to make a thick paste， smear it on the bites， and let it dry.
Cayenne Pepper for Nosebleed
This spice helps blood clot， medicinally in cultures around the world， says pediatrician Lillian Beard， MD， author of Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-and-True Home Remedies. 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. 'It seems like it might sting but， surprisingly， it doesn't，' says Dr. Beard.
Junk Drawer: Duct Tape for Warts
The gray fabric tape seems to irritate warts -- which can be surprisingly stubborn -- and inhibit their growth. Place a small piece on the skin over your child's wart， but not so tightly that it hurts， says Dr. Johnson. Change the tape whenever it starts to get icky; in about a month， the wart should be gone.
A Bubble Wand for Anxiety
Breathing slowly and deeply will help your child relax when she's feeling stressed， says Lonnie Zeltzer， MD， director of the pediatric pain program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and author of Conquering Your Child's Chronic Pain. Have your child blow long， slow streams of bubbles from the soapy wand.
A Bandanna for Headaches
Wrapping several ice cubes in a dish towel will help soothe your child's head pain ， but it'll be hard for him to hold it in place for long， says Dr. Beard. To keep the towel-wrapped ice from slipping， press it against his forehead or temples and secure it with a bandanna tied at the back of his neck.
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A Sock for Tummy or Neck Pain
Instead of buying a heat wrap， make one by filling a sock with uncooked rice and tying it closed with a string， says Paula Gardiner， MD， a researcher in the department of family medicine at Boston University Medical Center. Microwave the sock for one minute or until warm， and place it wherever your child has pain. When it cools off， microwave it again.
Your Blow-Dryer for Swimmer's Ear
This painful inf infected， your pediatrician will probably prescribe antibiotic drops. But for mild cases， you can try evaporating the trapped water by standing a foot away from your child and aiming the dryer -- on the warm setting -- at her ear， says Dr. Beard.
Contact Lens Solution for Congestion
For a child over 6 months， fill a bulb syringe with preservative-free saline solution， raise her head， and gently squeeze solution into one nostril at a time，. In fact， a nasal wash with a seawater solution helped kids get over colds faster -- and made them less likely to get sick again.
Fresh Ginger Tea for Car Sickness
，'. For children ages 2 and older， 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. After it has cooled， have your child drink it a half hour before getting into the car.
Cucumber for Mild Swelling
If you go to a fancy spa， cool cucumber slices help soothe hot， swollen skin. You can place a slice anywhere your child has minor swelling， Dr. Beard suggests， warm.
A Credit Card for a Bee Sting
If a bee or wasp stings your child， remove the stinger to prevent additional venom from entering the wound. In order to avoid squeezing the stinger， which can spread the venom， t out.
A Stick of Gum for Indigestion
If your child is age 4 or older， of a full stomach after a big meal. 'The extra saliva she'll produce will neutralize the problematic excess stomach acid，' says gastroenterologist Anil Minocha， MD， author of Natural Stomach Care.