Wednesday, August 16, 2006

WFMW III Rice Pillows


Rice pillows have found so many uses at our house, I don't know how we survived without them. The smaller one was made by my older sister and the smaller one was purchased from E-bay.

They can be used hot or cold and with supervision even on babies. The smaller on, when warm is good for easing headaches used on the forehead, back of the neck or over the eyes. When cooled in the freezer or refrigerator, it is good for reducing fevers (on the forehead or even on the back of the neck when sleeping) and taking the ouch out of bug bites, bee stings and boo-boos.

When Sophie was a newborn, I used the large rice pillow to warm her bed or to help warm her during those late night, winter feedings. When she was gassy, I placed it warmed across her tummy and she would relax within a few minutes. Bailey also uses this one when he has a stomach ache. I have also used it on long car rides or plane rides to put in the small of my back for support. It supports so much better than a pillow and makes sitting for long periods of time more bearable. Also nice for menstrual cramps.

Rice pillows, they work for us. Head on over to Rocks In My Dryer for more tips!

17 comments:

Faith said...

Very cool! Is it just regular rice inside?

voni said...

That is so cool! I have back problems I think I will try this out!
Thanks for telling me about my goof on my link too:) Your the best!

Overwhelmed! said...

Okay, how do you make these? And how do you warm one up? Love the idea! :)

Oh, and you could also make little ones to be used as bean bags for games. :)

Ame said...

Trisha - I have never heard of Rice Pillows! I will have to make some!

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sa5ra said...

I've been given several of these as gifts, and at first I was like, umm thanks for the bag of rice in some fabric, but they are some of the best presents I've ever gotten because they come in handy for so many aches and pains. I can't wait to try freezing them. Thanks for the idea.

Tammy said...

one of my friends gave me a heart shaped rice pillow as a going away gift when I left Kentucky for Ohio...I've used it for minor muscle aches and pains...it stays warm just the right amount of time...I never thought of using it for cramps...thanks for sharing that!
:-D

Eagles Wings Mommy said...

I have ones with cherry pits in them, I had never heard of rice.
That's cool thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

I bought one of these for an outrageous amount of money. I has been worth its weight on gold, we've used it so much.

But I wish I'd thought to make one instead. Smart move on your part!

Laurel Wreath said...

I love love love these, especially when I am sick or have a headache. I just rest them behind my neck.

Great tip.

Amy said...

I love these pillows. I need to sucker my friend (who sews) into making me one :)

Thanks for the reminder!

momof3busyboys said...

Great idea!

PastorMac's Ann said...

I need to get a couple of these. One of my little guys gets quite a few headaches and we have bumps and scrapes everyday.

Becca said...

I had completely forgotten about these. I think I'll make some for christmas this year! A friend of mine also uses beans in hers...just another idea!

Great post

Tess said...

i want one!

Anonymous said...

someone asked how to warm them up - i stick it in the microwave for a minute or two (depending on the size)... if your microwave has a tendency to gather bacon grease and other nasties on the bottom - just stick the rice bag on a plate and pop it in.

they are so easy to make - i prefer to use flannel for them, so you get the fuzzy comfort. never tried fleece - wonder how that would work.

never tried freezing them, though!!

Casey said...

They are very comfortable. I am in need of new one... I'll have to check Ebay out for that. Thanks for the tip.

Pam said...

Great idea...I teach my patients to use a zipper type bag and fill it 3/4 full of whole grain uncooked rice and then pop it in the freezer for post-op pain relief. I keep one in the freezer in case I break a toe. [I've only broken the same toe 6 times and one other toe once.]

We used to tell them peas but they would get gross after awhile. Love your tip. :0]
Pam