Mama’s Magic Mouthwash

sore_throatEvery once in awhile we hear about a home remedy that’s too good not to share. If you’ve ever had a kiddo with a sore throat, you know how tough it can be to make it better. They don’t want to swallow anything, and children’s pain medicines take at least 30 minutes to work. What’s a mother to do?

Here’s a concoction that we hear works in seconds … like magic! And our short test subjects even seem to like the taste.

1 Part Maalox (1 tablespoon will leave you with plenty of liquid for a good swish after mixing with other ingredients).

1 Part Children’s Benadryl

1 Part  water

Have your child gargle most of it (you may have to demonstrate this technique, and practice with plain water first) and then drink the last swig. It may make her tongue feel numb and her throat tingle at first, but within five minutes she will get relief. When she’s feeling better, you may even be able to cajole her into swallowing a dose of  children’s Tylenol or Motrin, if needed.

Obviously, this remedy is intended for children who are old enough to follow directions and manage a basic gargle — probably three and up. Be aware of the amounts of Maalox and Benadryl you’ve mixed so you don’t risk letting her swallow more than the recommended dose.

For younger children (but NEVER under 1 year), mix together 1 tsp. of each and deliver a total of 1 tsp. of the mixture to the back of the mouth with a medicine syringe.

Voila! Relief is as close as the nearest supermarket or pharmacy.

 

Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply

Loading

MAMAS ON DEMAND

PARENT COACHING
& CONSULTATION

With One or Both of Us


Go to AskDrMama.com & AskMamaEllen.com for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Watch This!

Teach your kids to step in and step up when they see a classmate being teased. Show them how to respond and tell them what to say. Let's try to make our world a little kinder and a little warmer. Please?

What You Said

  • Maggie sullivan: I have a neighbor, will holler and wave at me if i am near porch but if i try to sit in the yard, or...
  • Ellen Schrier: Thank you so much! Please come back often!
  • Ellen Schrier: Hi Lisa, Sorry for the very late response. We are sorry to hear about your daughter and are sure that...
  • Lisa jacobs: My daughter was in a car accident and now has a concussion. She is plan to go to Mexico City which is a...
  • RF: Well my baby had her first two bottom theeth at 10 months old and i tought so far so good and then now at 11...
  • ofertas cine: That is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise info… Thanks...
  • Commercial Real Estate: Hello there, You have done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to...
  • actualite: Hi to every one, the contents present at this website are really remarkable for people knowledge, well,...
  • bonne année 2017: You need to be a part of a contest for one of the greatest websites on the web. I’m going to...
  • Samantha: My daughter wakes up with a rash on her face, back, neck, arms and some times hand. Once she starts moving...

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.