By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | January 10, 2013
Unsolicited advice from family can be pretty annoying at times, especially when you have everything under control with the help of your pediatrician. One time though, I wished I had listened sooner.
It was about 1987 and Katie had been diagnosed with ‘thrush,’ a type of yeast infection. With many causes, in this case, it was probably because of an antibiotic she had been on earlier that month. Her doctor, Karen Ingram of New Brunswick, New Jersey, prescribed a liquid medication to be given orally. I was to let the syrupy medication drip and spread over her mouth a couple times a day until the thrush was gone— about fourteen days.
Easier said than done; Katie was a toddler and had quite a fight in store for me each time it was to be applied— apparently she did not like the medicine or the dropper! I would get her on the floor and even use my legs to help hold her down for the medicine. If only she would cooperate! You have no idea how strong a toddler can be; I was so exhausted after one incident that I phoned my mother in North Carolina to vent. I explained the difficult process and Mom said, “What on earth for?!” I began to explain thrush and Mom stopped me, “Oh, I know all about thrush! Most babies get it at some point before they learn to walk well.” She continued by telling me how to cure it in five minutes. Now it was my turn to stop her; after all the battles and aggravation I had gone through already… she must be off her rocker. Old wives’ tales, ha!
After spending over $120 on prescriptions and twice-daily dose applications for over a week I was ready to listen to anything. My Mom spelled it out clearly and I wrote the directions down:
- Get a bottle of boric acid powder and put about 1/8 teaspoon of powder in a small bowl.
- Wrap a length of first-aid gauze around two fingers.
- Add about three tablespoons of water and stir the powder.
- Dip the gauzed fingers into the boric acid powder and water.
- You don’t want the gauze dripping, just very wet.
- Open Katie’s mouth and with the two gauzed fingers, wipe the thrush out.
I held my breath and dabbed the gauze as directed then wiped the thrush exactly as she said and it was gone! I was truly amazed how quickly it worked and took less than five minutes. After that frustrating ordeal every day; I was stunned. Later I took Katie for her regular appointment and gave the details to Dr. Ingram, who wrote down each step just as had here. Dr. Ingram thanked me telling me how this would help other parents dealing with thrush; I thought of the money and aggravation saved.
It turns out boric acid powder has a lot of uses but I’ve used it more to soak sore muscles and to keep roaches out of apartments and houses. For roaches, sprinkle a little dry powder around water pipes and under sinks. I have done this every place I have ever lived and never had a single roach. Boric acid powder is very safe to use around children and pets. I usually find it sold in pharmacies, hardware and discount stores for about $5 to $7 per container and it is less toxic than table salt.
Learn more by searching, “Uses Boric Acid Powder.” So much for old wives’ tales!
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