We all got the seasonal flu shot in September. My kids are really good about shots and things so that isn’t ever an issue for us, thank goodness. The kids did, however, complain of sore arms afterwards. I suggested the simple and frugal of course, telling them to move their arms to help keep them from getting stiff. At bedtime as they were having a little snack I was kicking myself for not making mini-rice packs sooner. They would’ve been perfect to apply to the shot spots. The warmth from them can be really soothing.
As I was lamenting my lack of planning I realized that I could complain about not having what we needed or I could make do. I went to the rag bag and pulled two old socks without holes (they were either the pair to a holey sock or just too small) and put some rice in each. Tied with some cotton string I had, they were complete. A very short time in the microwave and the kids were off to bed, both happy with their warm little buddy.
The next morning both arms were feeling better and the kids thanked me for the little warm packs. I think the little bundles of warmth did help some, but I also think that children are sometimes soothed by the idea that mom or dad did something to help.
Either way, we made-do that day.
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