Weird & wonderful health cures for kids.
TWO in five mums use old wives' treatments to treat children's ailments, research suggests. Examples are putting raw meat on a wart or verruca, rubbing a wedding ring on a stye, or using breast milk to clear up conjunctivitis.
But they're not all urban myths. Here are 13 with a track record for working: HOME CURE: Duct tape USE IT FOR: Warts Covering warts with duct tape works better than freezing them off, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
In the study, the duct tape zapped 85 per cent of warts after two months, compared with 60 per cent with the freezing method.
Clean the area, then cut a piece of duct tape slightly bigger than the wart and stick it on firmly. Every three days, take the tape off, file down dead skin with a pumice stone or nail file and repeat until the wart disappears.
HOME CURE: Vodka USE IT FOR: Smelly feet If taking your kids' socks off causes houseplants to wilt, wipe them with a vodkasoaked dishcloth. Alcohol is antiseptic and drying, so it kills odour-causing fungus.
HOME CURE: Listerine USE IT FOR: Blisters The breath freshener - and powerful antiseptic - can do a number on blisters when kids are wearing in new shoes. Moisten a cotton ball with Listerine and dab it on the blister three times a day.
HOME CURE: Banana peel USE IT FOR: Bruises On top of many other uses - including whitening teeth and easing the pain of haemorrhoids - the humble banana can also heal bruises in half the time.
Apply a ripe peel to the bruise, tie it on with a bandage or tape and leave overnight. The manganese, magnesium and potassium helps blood flow through the vessels under the skin, flushing away the coloured toxins.
Rubbing of onion wasp will HOME CURE: Olive oil USE IT FOR: Earache Ear drops sold at pharmacies can soften wax, but many contain household staples such as olive oil or bicarbonate of soda, said GP Dr Fiona Sankey. "Olive oil can do the job just as well, though don't do this if you have a perforated eardrum because it could cause infection."
swelling speed recovery " Again, consider using bicarbonate of soda. Dissolve half a teaspoon in a beaker of water before inserting it into the ear with an eye dropper. Stubborn build-up may need cleaning by your GP.
HOME CURE: Ice cubes USE IT FOR: Toothache If the pain is throbbing but the tooth isn't tender, the nerve through the tooth could be infected. As heat can worsen inflammation, ice might help reduce that swelling and relieve pain. While minor infections may clear by themselves, you'll need to see your dentist for treatment to prevent the pain becoming continuous.
HOME CURE: Sudocrem USE IT FOR: Burns and spots Dr Hady Bayoumi, a consultant dermatologist at the Spire Bushey Hospital, said: "It can be used for all types of skin issues."
The cream is an antiseptic, inhibiting infection and keeping bacteria out of wounds. Bayoumi added: "It's also good for cuts, spots, minor burns, chilblains, minor bedsores and sunburn."
a slice on a sting reduce and up th" HOME CURE: Ground pepper USE IT FOR: Cuts A component of black pepper has antibacterial properties, which would suggest it is helpful for healing. It also forms a crust over a cut to keep it clean.
time HOME CURE: Onion USE IT FOR: Wasp stings Rubbing a slice of onion on a wasp sting will reduce the swelling and speed up the recovery time.
HOME CURE: Vinegar USE IT FOR: Swimmer's ear Swimming in pools on holiday often means bacteria-ridden water entering the ear canal.
Vinegar kills the bacteria that cause swimmer's ear. Dilute white vinegar with an equal amount of distilled water and, using an eye dropper, put three drops in the ear three times daily.
Rubbing a slice of onion on a wasp sting will reduce swelling and speed up the recovery time
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Banana peel can help bruises and black pepper can keep small cuts clean