With school starting back, ’tis the season for them to start sneezin’. Don’t dread the dozens of doctor visits just yet, as you may have the cure right there in your cupboard. We asked around and gathered up wisdom from women of generations past who raised their children (somehow!) without having their pediatrician on speed dial. From urban legends that prove true to family folklore, read up on these simple solutions that have stood the test of time.

Baking Soda

Almost everyone has a box of baking soda on hand. Smear a paste on bug bites to stop itching (the alkaline properties counteract the acidic swelling). Add two tablespoons to baby’s bath if they are suffering from diaper rash (just avoid if skin is broken at all). If your little nature lover is unlucky enough to get into some poison ivy, mix baking soda with vinegar and apply as a paste or add a few scoops their their evening bath.
Who Knew? Their stuffies getting a bit stinky? Baking soda is a great deodorizer. Sprinkle it on stuffed animals and then brush off after 10 minutes to freshen their favorites.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is gathered by a mom, not a MD, so you should always consult your child’s pediatrician before trying to treat something yourself—and especially seek medical attention if the issue seems serious or if there are any pre-existing conditions.

Do you have a home remedy that works? Share your secret and tell us below!

–Phebe Wahl

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