Here at Ouchie Cap, as you could imagine we 1) appreciate a good warm compress and 2) we’re always on the lookout for natural ways to soothe your child’s symptoms from illness or accident. As experiencers, you can take this to the bank: it’s not a question of “if” your child will get hurt or sick; it’s a matter of “when” it will happen.
So – grab your favorite cuppa tea or coffee and join us as we explore reasons all moms need a warm compress.
#1 Sprains or Strains
One minute you’re cradling your soft, sweet-smelling baby in your arms and the next, she’s a perpetual motion machine. Once your child masters walking, he rarely slows down. After all, why walk when you can run, hop on one foot or jump over objects.
Constant activity sets-up the perfect scenario for sprains or strains.
For the first 24 hours following an injury, cold compresses should be applied to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Then a warm compress should be applied 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Warmth soothes and relaxes aching muscles. It increases blood circulation at the affected area, which triggers the body’s healing mechanism.
Heat therapy decreases strain-related muscle spasms and inflammation. Therapeutic warmth delivers oxygen and vital nutrients to appropriate body cells, getting rid of toxins and fostering healing.
Heat helps relieve pain. It won’t be necessary to give your kid over the counter pain relievers, like acetaminophen.
Ouchie Cap comes with gel packs, useable outside the cap, as heat or cold compresses. Zap a gel pack in the microwave, wrap in a clean cloth and apply to affected area.
#2 What Nursing Moms Need to Know About the Warm Compress
Nursing your baby gives it an optimal start in life. Breastfed babies are protected from a host of diseases. Even ear infections, which plague kids, are fewer in breastfed children.
That said, as a nursing mom you may be subject to mastitis or a blocked milk duct. Lactation mastitis is infected breast tissue, which leads to red-streaked, swollen and painful breasts. Chills and fever are common symptoms. It can also cause fatigue.
Moms are tempted to discontinue breastfeeding, but it is best to continue nursing. Baby won’t get infected.
Natural Therapy: Heat one of the Ouchie Cap gel packs and apply to affected breast five or more times daily.
Blocked Milk Duct
When a milk duct gets blocked, the breast swells and gets seriously painful. The affected breast is lumpy. Prior to nursing, apply a warm compress for about 10 minutes. Our gel packs are non-toxic and won’t harm baby.
If you stop nursing, the breast will be more painful.
#3 Warm Compress for Black Eye
Kid business is to explore and find out about the world. Therefore, he will naturally fall down or bump into things, occasionally resulting in a black eye.
For the first 48 hours, apply a cold compress to the affected eye. (Freeze the gel pack and use outside the cap.)
After a couple of days, a warm compress is necessary. It will draw blood to the eye tissue to speed up healing. Just zip one of our handy gel packs in the microwave, wrap in a clean cloth and apply to affected eye.
Mom-to-Mom Tip: Take plenty of pictures of your little guy’s black eye. Later in life, he will brag about it!
#4 Boils Need Warm Therapy
If you’re not familiar with boils, they are swollen bumps that develop underneath the skin. And they hurt – big time. Appearance wise, they look like a big, red pimple with a white top in the middle. Boils continue growing until they burst.
Boils usually demonstrate on the groin, buttocks, breasts, armpits, neck or face. This condition is a skin infection that starts with one hair follicle. They develop pockets filled with pus containing bacteria. Most drain in about a week.
To speed up the process apply a warm compress for 20 minutes about four times daily. If it doesn’t resolve, your child’s physician will probably want to lance the boil.
#5 Warm Compress for Ear Infections
Definition and Signs of Ear Infection
Ear infections are usually bacterial and occur as a result of fluid that builds up in back of the eardrum. Children are most susceptible to ear infections, although people of all ages can get them. Ear infections account for more doctor visits by children than any other childhood illness. They are also the main reason pediatricians prescribe antibiotics.
Statistics report that out of six kids, five will contract at least one ear infection by three years of age.
As a refresher, here are common signs and symptoms of ear infections. If your child does not talk yet, watch for the following:
- Tugging at ear
- Difficulties sleeping
- Fussy, crying
- Noticeable fluid draining out of ear
- Clumsy (off balance)
- Sudden onset of hearing problems
Doctors Get Edict to Ease Off Antibiotics
In February 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new procedures to pediatricians regarding the diagnosis and treatment of ear infections. Historically, doctors have been notorious for giving antibiotics for kid’s ear infections.
Parents may have played a role. After all, when they walk the floor all night trying to comfort their screaming child, parents want immediate gratification.
Since ear infections resolve on their own within 2-3 days in 70% of children, antibiotics are overkill. Literally…these pills can upset baby’s stomach, trigger allergic reactions and kill good bacteria along with bad bacteria. Because antibiotics have been prescribed so indiscriminately, the bacteria that endure, despite antibiotics are getting more robust.
These “superbugs” are extremely hard to kill, resulting in infections being harder to cure. New procedures remind doctors that when kids are assessed positive for ear infections, antibiotics aren’t essential. Doctors are advised to just watch children who don’t spike a fever or demonstrate with signs the infection is serious.
Warm Compresses for Kid’s Ear Infections
Now that pediatricians are being groomed to ease up on antibiotics, many are recommending the Ouchie Cap. They are blessing them as a “useful therapeutic tool” and “practical user and kid friendly device”.
In treating the symptoms of your kid’s ear infections, you will insert the gel packs inside the cap. Warm them in the same manner as you would when using gel packs outside the cap.
There are two cap choices – Toby the Puppy or Tulip the Bunny both accompanied with kids hot and cold packs. Kids aren’t afraid of this innovative first-aid. They learn to adore their new pals.The caps are comfy-cozy.
Mom – you’re gonna love the fact that you no longer need to hold a drippy washcloth to your child’s ear!
BTW!: Did you know Ouchie Cap also helps children’s bumps, bruises, headaches, migraines, fevers, earaches, & more? Order today!