"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

For all you moms, grandmas, and anyone else who takes care of young children, I’m sharing a tip today that’s been a big help to me. It may be that everyone else in the world already knows this, but I didn’t figure it out until my fourth child.  And, since I SO wish I’d known about this when my other three were young, I’m passing it along to you, just in case.

Here it is:
(Drumroll, please…)

Yes, that’s right. It’s a bag of water. And it’s wonderful!

You know how little kids are forever bumping their heads on things and getting hurt in every conceivable way? Well, ice packs are pretty much useless in those situations, and for good reason. Ice is HARD. It can be SHARP. It’s TOO COLD.  In other words, ice makes the hurt place hurt even more.

Enter the baggie full of cold water. I keep this in my refrigerator at all times so it’s always ready. (Yes, we use it that often.) It’s soft, it’s cold, and the child can hold it herself (provided her arms aren’t full of babies). It works wonders, providing instant relief in just a few seconds. If only I could find a way to market it…

So, if you’re still trying to use ice packs on your little ones…well, don’t. Try this instead, and see if it’s not the easy answer to all your head-bumping woes. (And if you don’t want to keep one in the fridge, just drop a couple of ice cubes in with a full baggie of water when the need arises.)

Thanks for stopping by!


Comments on: "The trick I wish I’d known" (9)

  1. Great idea! Love you!

  2. Edy Cozort said:

    Great idea!!! I could have used that the other day when James hit his head for the nth time. He always seems to have a bruise on his head and when those clear up, it is generally time for him to split his lip open on something. 🙂

  3. Little kids aren’t the only ones who get hurt. 🙂 I just might have to do this. I sent that list of O.T. Bible Lessons in doc. format to your email address that is listed in the 2010 Connection. If you don’t receive it let me know. 🙂

  4. Hi Amy! I’m Kim and thanks for stopping by with the encouragement! Maybe we will get to meet at RH or PTP…or one day! Love your blog and I am adding it to my blog roll :). We would love to go to PTP but just dont know yet if it is workable. I’m so excited to meet through blogs and get to read your blog! Love the water bag idea! With two boys and one girl my kids don’t really like the ice packs either and we tend to “need” them a lot, so thanks for that idea I’m going to try it 🙂

  5. Aw, Kim, thanks so much! What a huge compliment! I’m glad this post helped you. After I published it, my 2-year-old daughter bumped some random body part and went to the fridge on her own to get the bag! So funny. Two seconds and she “felt better.” Kids…

  6. Becki Connel said:

    Amy, just browsing. This is a great tip. I had never thought about just a cold pack, not a frozen pack. Danielle told Nana DelRae to put karo syrup in the freezer. It doesn’t freeze completely but it does get very cold and soft. You can also mix alcohol and water and put it in the freezer. Again, cold, but not totally frozen.

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