With many children in the house I often wind up playing nurse maid to someone’s broken something or other. This is simply the way it goes and I’m very happy I’m around to be able to do it. I often hear of moms talking about how a hug and a Band-Aid fixes every boo boo.
However, Band-Aids are expensive, not to mention the exposure to latex. So I prefer to use a rice sock and a hug. Now, you might think that rice socks are simply for the imagined hurts, not so! We use ours for many a reason, including:
- growing pains (kids)
- sore backs (mine)
- cramps (teens)
- bed and car seat warming (babies)
- stiff necks
- and many more uses!
The fastest way to make a rice sock is to use plain tube socks. Fill it with plain white rice, not fast cooking. You will want to put enough rice to heat but not so much that you can’t move the rice around in the sock some. Part of the benefit of a rice sock is the fact that it can fit your knee one day and your neck the next. You then tie a knot in the end.
For a money saving tips you can use clean, but older socks or matchless socks. My personal preference is to buy a bag of really big, grey colored tube socks, as I find the older socks tend to lose small grains of rice through invisible holes. Grey is nice because it hides the wear and tear to the sock. Buying the rice in bulk can give you plenty for a rice sock per person in your family with plenty left over for several meals.
If you are handy with sewing, you can also sew the end closed. Some families have even taken to using various fabrics to make their rice socks. I’m not handy with a needle and thread so I do the sock version.
To use your rice sock, throw it in your microwave for two minutes. Since microwaves vary, you can play around with the amount of time it takes to heat it to your liking. Since rice socks lose heat as time goes on, they are safe to take to bed. If you don’t have a microwave, simply toss it in the dryer with your clothes.
Robin Elise Weiss is a stay at home mother to eight kids from ages 17 to 7 months. She is the author of eight parenting books and you can find her writing about pregnancy and birth at: http://pregnancy.about.com.