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When I was a kid, I used to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter as a treat. Sometimes, I even sprinkled it with a few chocolate chips! Kids love peanut butter, especially when you add some jelly and put it between two pieces of bread:) Sure eating peanut butter right out of the jar sounds fun, but did you know that it can be helpful too. I have three great reasons why you, and the kids, may need to swallow a big spoonful of peanut butter.
Did you know that swallowing a spoonful of peanut butter cures the hiccups? The effort it takes your body to swallow the peanut butter causes a change in your breathing pattern making the hiccups disappear! Just think, all these years you have been drinking a glass of water upside down or scaring people to death in an effort to get rid of the hiccups. Well, no more! Now all you have to do is swallow a spoonful of peanut butter, and you will be cured. We have been using this trick for so long that my kids automatically ask for a spoonful as soon as they have the hiccups. Just make sure your child is old enough to actually eat peanut butter! Please don’t give your one month old a big spoonful! If you are unsure about whether or not your child can have peanut butter then please ask your pediatrician.
If you or your child is suffering from nausea, then taking a spoonful of peanut butter may help. Peanut butter is high in protein, which your body may need to help increase its energy. When my youngest son has a stomach bug, sometimes peanut butter is all I can get him to eat, maybe it’s because peanut butter has such a nice flavor. But whatever the reason, he can eat the peanut butter when other foods make him feel sick to his stomach. I also have a friend who swore by peanut butter while she was pregnant. She had the worst morning sickness, but peanut butter was one food she could always keep down.
#3 When Taking Medicine
It is always a fight when one of your kids doesn’t want to swallow their medicine because it tastes bad. My pediatrician once told me that coating the tongue with a spoonful of peanut butter blocks the taste buds, helping your child swallow the medicine. I was a little skeptical at first, because the thought of medicine and peanut butter mixed together made my stomach want to turn. But, the next time my son pitched a fit about not wanting to take his medicine, I gave this tip a try. And you know wha,t it worked! I was surprised, but my son said it definitely helped him to not taste the yucky medicine. Who knew?
So next time someone in your house has the hiccups, nausea or needs to take yucky medicine have them try a spoonful of peanut butter and see if it helps:) Let me know if you try it!