You never know how lucky you are to be able to have the freedom to move until you aren't able to do it quite so easily anymore. Out of the forty million Americans that suffer from arthritis, a quarter million are actually children. It can be hard to decide how to help ease the pain when your child suffers. Many parents are concerned that over-the-counter medications can become habit forming. Luckily, you are not alone in this pursuit to finding better remedies for pain relief. Below is a list of common household ingredients that are effective enough to ease the pain and safe enough to offer your child.
Ginger And Turmeric Tea
These two common ingredients are both natural anti-inflammatories. Turmeric spice is also full of an active component called curcumin, which is a natural antioxidant to help strengthen your child's joints.
Boil two cups of water on the stove and add one teaspoon of ginger and one teaspoon of turmeric. Let is simmer for ten minutes and let it cool before serving it to your child. If your child doesn't like the taste of the tea, add a bit of honey to taste to sweeten it up a little.
Epsom salts have been used as a way to reduce pain and inflammation for decades. It's because Epsom salt is full of magnesium sulfate. Magnesium sulfate reduces inflammation in the joints and relaxes your body.
Pour two cups of Epsom salt in a tub of warm water. Let the salt dissolve and have your child soak in it for a least fifteen minutes. For a little added power to relieve pain, add twenty drops of natural eucalyptus oil into the bath water. Eucalyptus is a natural analgesic and will take the pain away so your child feels more relaxed and the joints less stiff.
Olive oil is one of the best ways to reduce pain in the joints cause by arthritis. It is full of oleocanthal actually blocks inflammation of the joints, so it works just like an aspirin tablet does. Using extra virgin olive oil is the best because the stronger the oil tastes the higher the levels of oleocanthal.
To use olive oil to ease your child's arthritis pain, massage their joints with it twice a day. It is best to massage in the morning before they start the day and at night right before bath time. You can give them a massage using olive oil and then run them a bath with the Epsom salts.
Arthritis is common among adults and children. You never know how a child is going react when using over-the-counter medication so it is only normal to try to find some safe alternatives when treating the pain. By using the methods listed above your child will be able to go throughout the day with little to no pain. To learn more, contact a clinic like Pottstown Surgical Associates.