Cocaine toothache drops were very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children happy!
Opium was used for newborns. I'm sure this would make them sleep well (not only the Opium, but 46% alcohol!)
This may or may not be true but I know my parents had some weird cures for things at times. I can remember hiding under the bed from my father and him pulling me out and forcing me to take castor oil. It was the most vile tasting stuff I ever had and I can still remember the taste from childhood.
My dad thought that chicken noodle soup and ice cream would cure anything. The minute we came down with a cold or upset stomach, he was off to the grocery for those two items. It's funny that now they say chicken soup is good for the soul and a cold!
Do you have any home remedies for what ails you or remember any from childhood???