Ice and cold packs can relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation from injuries. Apply ice for 20 minutes out of every hour and repeat 4 or more times in the first 24 to 48 hours. If your child is cooperative, apply the ice frequently. If your child is not cooperative, the struggle to apply the ice may outweigh the benefits of the ice.
Use either a commercial cold pack or one of the following:
Be careful not to freeze your child's skin, and do not allow your child to fall asleep with the ice on his or her skin.
Last Revised: April 5, 2012
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