Ice Hacks

Ice is amazing.  I can’t tell you how many times in the past year I have asked, “Have you tried putting ice on that?”  Ice can be used for so much more than just bumps, bruises, strains, and sprains…

Just the other day, my 8 year old son came to me complaining of a stomach ache that had him doubled over in pain.  I told him to lay down just to see if his stomach needed to settle.  This did not help at all, so I asked him if he was willing to see if putting an ice pack on his stomach would help.  I asked because I had never suggested that to him before for a stomach ache.  He agreed.  When I came up to his room with the ice, he was on his stomach, clearly in pain.  He rolled onto his back, and the moment I put the ice pack on his stomach he relaxed.  The relief was instant.  I didn’t even need to ask him if that helped.  I knew it did, and he knew that I knew it did.  His stomachache dissappeared completely within the hour.  

Ice Hacks 

When to just put some ice on it…

  1. The obvious….acute injuries like sprains, strains, bumps, and bruises.
  2. Stomach aches with bloating and gas.
  3. Stomach aches after long runs. (I used to get terrible stomache aches after long hard runs, and ice was the only thing that provided relief.)
  4. Stomache aches from the stomach flu (obviously this won’t cure the stomach flu, but it decreases the discomfort).
  5. Headaches… ice on the back of the neck or on the forehead.  
  6. Allergic reactions…..my son gets hives after playing in the grass.  Ice reduces the redness and itchiness.  Sometimes the rash will go away completely. 
  7. Bug bites.  Ice is my #1 remedy for extremely itchy bites.  
  8. Stings.  Ice reduces swelling and numbs the pain.
  9. Oral allergy syndrome.  Five years ago I had a severe allergic reaction to watermelon.  I took one bite, and my throat started swelling shut.  Sucking on an ice cube eased the discomfort and may have reduced the total time of the reaction.  (Ice reduces swelling…)
  10. Mild aches and pains from training.  Icing after a hard run or race helps speed up my recovery time. 

I will keep adding more to this list as I discover more Ice Hacks!

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