I’m not one for over the counter medicines, especially on my kiddos. And so far, two of my five kids have pretty significant growing pains in their knees and shin areas. They come by it naturally, I hear, as my mother in law tells me stories of my husband as a young child moaning in his sleep from growing pains. Poor little guys 😦
Anyway, last night, our youngest, who is two, woke us up in the middle of the night with what quickly became apparent were pains in her knee. Wonderful. Make that three out of five kids.
Thankfully, I’ve got just the ticket for soothing growing pains in a natural way so everyone can get back to sleep. And I’m happily sharing this tidbit with you 🙂
The first thing I always do is reach for the lavender essential oil. Lavender has calming properties, which helps soothe Little Person when they’re in pain. The smell of lavender also helps momma keep calm throughout this whole process. Win-win. My favorite lavender essential oil is from Melaleuca. If you want to read more, click here or here.
Just dab several drops of oil on the soles of Little Person’s feet and rub on, then put socks back on to make sure oil can penetrate skin and not evaporate away. However, I have found that the oil dries on the skin very quickly, so socks are usually optional.
The second step is where the magic begins. Get a rice bag like this one…
…and stick that sucker in the microwave for about a minute. The amount of time all really depends on your microwave. [On a side note, I’m not a fan of the microwave at all, I think not only does it make food taste terrible, but I really don’t think it’s safe to change the molecular composition of things and then eat them. But for heating up a rice bag that you’re not going to eat, the microwave will do just fine. Anyhoo, I digress.]
Rice bags are wonderful little things. The heat they give off soothes those painful little growing bones. Place the warm/hot rice bag to the painful area for natural, soothing pain relief. And in combination with the lavender, Little Person will become Sleepy Little Person again and all will be well with the world.
If you don’t have a rice bag, don’t fret. Just get yourself a clean tube sock and fill with uncooked white rice, then tie a knot at the top. Tah-daaaah!
Rice bags also double as bed-warming apparatuses for really cold nights. Throw one of those hot little bags at the foot of your bed under the sheets, and when you climb into bed, it’ll be nice and toasty in there. No need to plug in an electric blanket 🙂
Do you have any cool uses for rice bags?