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.

Coconut Oil

Coconut is certainly having a moment. People are frying up chicken in this healthy fat and chugging its water like never before—but did you know of all the topical uses for coconut oil? The yummy-smelling stuff looks like Crisco but emulsifies on contact and because of its moisturizing and anti-viral properties can be used to combat a long list of ailments including eczema, sunburns, blisters, diaper rashes and even head lice. We recently tested it out to take down a triple dose of Hand, Food and Mouth virus and it banished blisters in a flash. Little one got a nosebleed? Apply a light film inside their nostrils.
Who Knew? Got a nasty virus floating around school (or between siblings)? Apply a scoop of coconut oil to their bath to act as an anti-viral agent and smooth their skin.

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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