Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ice Packs that Conform to the Body

Children with arthritis flare ups need heat to help with mobility. But once they are mobile & learning to ride a bike or take off in rollerblades down the driveway, they might need an icepack! Here's a great tip from Heloise (thank you Washington Post)! (Below, Charlotte's sister Ellie is our most adventurous girl with the scrapes to prove it but the tough mentality to keep enduring (I have the hair coloring appointments to prove it). You might see her on the x-games someday!)
By Hints From Heloise
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Dear Heloise:
A nurse friend gave me this hint for an excellent ice pack that conforms to any part of your body. Put 1 cup of rubbing alcohol in a zippered freezer bag along with 3 cups of water. Seal the bag, put it into a second freezer bag and freeze. This concoction will freeze into a slushy mixture.

If you want a more solid mixture, use more water and less alcohol. Caution: Do not put directly on skin.

Lucy J. in Maine

Lucy, this is a good hint that bears reprinting. Be sure to label the bag and add a few drops of food coloring to identify the ice bag

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