Anyone with kids, especially little boys, knows that needing to ice an injury is inevitable. Here are a few alternatives to ice (which melts quickly) and peas (which shape to the injury but can mess up dinner plans!):
- Ketchup packets: Take all those ketchup packets you get at fast food restaurants and put them in the freezer. The ketchup doesn’t completely solidify and the packet makes a great icepack for small injuries, especially for fingers, toes, or near eyes. (Image from stucihouse.blogspot.ca)
- Dishwashing liquid: Fill a zipper bag 2/3 full with Dawn or another very viscous dishwashing liquid and store in the freezer. This gets very cold, but doesn’t freeze completely, making it able to shape to cover injuries.
- Alcohol: Combine rubbing alcohol with water in a 1:3 ratio (one part alcohol to 3 parts water) in a zipper bag. Store in the freezer. Again, this gets very cold, but doesn’t completely solidify, so it shapes to injured areas.
TIP: Double bag things to keep leaks from happening.