Well, this has been quite the “toothy” week at my house.
My oldest daughter just got 2 wisdom teeth removed a few days ago. She’s on Spring break from college this week, so it was perfect timing and she did great, but…
The oral surgeon did warn us that her face would be pretty sore the first day, especially after the anesthesia wore off. It was, and unfortunately our pharmacy was backed up in filling prescriptions, so her anesthesia wore off before she could take her first pain relief pill. The doctor’s office had recommended she ice both sides of her face all day, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off.
So, while we waited to get her prescription filled, we got her pain management started with a homemade ice pack.
I wanted to share the directions for our homemade ice pack, just in case you ever need one, too. It is super simple to make.
Here’s what you need:
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1 pair of long tube socks
a safety pin
4 zip top bags (2 snack size and 2 sandwich size)
Recipe for homemade ice packs.
These ice packs are great because, with the addition of the rubbing alcohol, the packs stay flexible. They don’t freeze solid, making it easier to contour to your face. You can make as much or as little as you want, but the basic formula is 1 part alcohol to 3 parts water.
Because I wanted extra ice packs to switch out as they thawed, I made 4 snack-sized ice packs, then double-bagged them inside sandwich-sized bags in case they leaked (FYI, about 1-1/2 c. of water and 1/2 c. of rubbing alcohol filled 2 snack sized bags).
Assembling the ice pack holder.
This is super simple!
Safety pin the toes of the 2 socks together.
Stuff an ice pack in each sock all the way down to the toe.
All the way down…
How to use the homemade ice pack on the face.
When we got home from her appointment, my daughter was still pretty groggy, but they told her to stay upright and not lie down. So, once we got her comfy on the couch, we simply tied the tops of the socks in a knot on top of her head. It worked perfectly, with an ice pack positioned on each side of her face, and it stayed in just the right places without slipping!
Here’s what it looked like. She gave me permission to share this (and even though she looks like she’s pitiful and in pain, she is really asleep!) 😉
She didn’t have any swelling at all, and I do think it was because we were pretty diligent about the icing routine!
How well do these homemade ice packs work, you ask?
As proof, here she is at dinner the same night as her surgery. Pain-free and feeling hungry. But, alas, see her sad, sad dinner of mashed potatoes and pudding and how she feels about missing out on meatloaf? 😉 Her 13-year-old brother thought her dinner sounded amazing, by the way…
Now that we’ve made it through the first kid’s set of teeth, my OTHER daughter gets all 4 of her wisdom teeth out next week (on her Spring Break from high school). So, we are still fully stocked up on foods that don’t require much chewing and can slide down easily; things like yogurt, apple sauce, pudding, mashed potatoes, and macaroni & cheese!
By the way, here is my favorite recipe for mac and cheese.
It is so easy because it’s made in the crock pot and totally delicious! I even included a low-fat version, too. Click here or the picture below for the recipe.
If you or your kids are getting ready for oral surgery, make sure to freeze up some of these homemade ice packs and get your ice pack holder all ready. Your mouth will thank you!
What else have you found that works great after oral surgery?
I’m pretty sure the tooth fairy hates us at this point… 😉
Until next time,
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