Garlic cloves as suppositories for DS

(141 Posts)
babybarrister Sat 05-Jan-13 20:11:21

They are meant to have good anti bacterial qualities and DH and I have done it ourselves - so WIBU to 'give' DS a garlic clove (peeled of course and at night time to exit the next morning ...)?

chandellina Sat 05-Jan-13 20:15:17

Wow, I've never heard of that. Doesn't it burn?

usualsuspect Sat 05-Jan-13 20:16:39

I really wouldn't.

CajaDeLaMemoria Sat 05-Jan-13 20:17:17

Oh god, don't do it!!

Some adults claim it works (and it's great if it does!) but it's far too strong for children. They have more sensitive skin....

I'd never heard of this until we treated a child who'd tried this. Eirgh.. Put me off ever trying!

ginhag Sat 05-Jan-13 20:17:47


And yes, unless you have an actual reason then it's not really on to stick things up your child's bum. YABU

makeloveyourgoal Sat 05-Jan-13 20:18:12

What for??

Yes, it's fine - we Brits are very squeamish about suppositories but its very common on the continent

usualsuspect Sat 05-Jan-13 20:18:48

Is he constipated?

CuddlyBlanket Sat 05-Jan-13 20:19:11

Don't put things up a child's bum unless medicine. shock

Maybe a smaller clove then grin if he's very young

Arithmeticulous Sat 05-Jan-13 20:19:37

What for?

SamSmalaidh Sat 05-Jan-13 20:19:59

For what purpose? confused

I wouldn't stick random things in a child's bottom tbh.

tinkertitonk Sat 05-Jan-13 20:20:11

Why in god's name would you do that to your child?

Why is it necessary to have an anti-bacterial suppository?

Are you Cherie Blair?

ginmakesitallok Sat 05-Jan-13 20:20:14

Why do you need anything antibacterial up your bum?

Softlysoftly Sat 05-Jan-13 20:20:18

Why does he need one??!

And no I wouldn't, don't think they are a miracle cure either, women in the US have been told to use them to combat Group BStrep before chdbirth, needless to say I learnt this from a story of a mother who lost her baby to it as garlic cloves (for that at least) are bollocks.

AllYoursBabooshka Sat 05-Jan-13 20:20:30

Is he ill or constipated?

Unless there is a reason then no, I wouldn't do it.

Fairylea Sat 05-Jan-13 20:20:51

If it's not on medical advice then no. Just don't.

catgirl1976geesealaying Sat 05-Jan-13 20:21:05

Are you planning on cooking him or something

DunkyWhorey Sat 05-Jan-13 20:21:46

If he's ill or constipated, see a doctor. An actual one.

Fairylea Sat 05-Jan-13 20:22:39

Apart from anything else I can't imagine how uncomfortable that would be! I wouldn't like a garlic clove up my bum. Poor child !

ThistleDown Sat 05-Jan-13 20:23:30

There is a thread in Classics by someone who did this themselves. Please don't shock.

AllYoursBabooshka Sat 05-Jan-13 20:24:17

I hasten to add that even if he were ill or constipated, I would only contemplate the garlic suppositories if I were sure it would help and nothing else had.

What does it do

Is it something I should be doing? grin

LaCiccolina Sat 05-Jan-13 20:26:55

It's one thing to decide to do this to urself, it is frankly assault to do it to a child who has no say in this AND it's not a medically advised thing to do.

There is no way ur child would be relaxed for u to do without a bit of a fight surely? And the skin is very thin, u really could injure him.

If it was a proper suppository I would be supportive. This is not.

Words fail so acronyms it is: YABVVVU

Kundry Sat 05-Jan-13 20:27:24


No no no. Stuff the bird not the baby

DuttyWine Sat 05-Jan-13 20:28:12

Won't a spoonful of calfig do the trick?

IvantaOuiOui Sat 05-Jan-13 20:28:53

He will never want to eat garlic again. It will always be bum garlic.

MamaMumra Sat 05-Jan-13 20:29:38

Please don't (if this isn't a joke)



cantspel Sat 05-Jan-13 20:29:44

I would love to know how this little trick was discovered.

PickledInAPearTree Sat 05-Jan-13 20:30:10

Oh my lord.

People stuck garlic up their bum holes?

Why why why?

You pop (frankly quite large) suppositories in children when they're asleep, they don't notice and they're at least the size of a garlic clove.

babybarrister Sat 05-Jan-13 20:30:30

I have to say he did not seem v keen so we left him alonegrin

crashdoll Sat 05-Jan-13 20:31:09

Please don't do it!

crashdoll Sat 05-Jan-13 20:31:31

Cross posted. Glad you've decided not to.

AllYoursBabooshka Sat 05-Jan-13 20:31:38

Actually the more I think about it I'm talking shite, I would never do it.

Please don't.

AllYoursBabooshka Sat 05-Jan-13 20:32:31

X post.


Willdoitinaminute Sat 05-Jan-13 20:32:40

Fairly certain that sticking anything other than prescribed medication PA would ring alarm bells with medical professionals. Unless the child was responsible.

CuddlyBlanket Sat 05-Jan-13 20:33:45

OP what did you get out of it?

CaptainNancy Sat 05-Jan-13 20:34:35

whats it for????'

ErikNorseman Sat 05-Jan-13 20:34:55

It would be a completely inappropriate thing to do.

scuzy Sat 05-Jan-13 20:35:13

WTAF? are you mental?

SDTGisAChristmassyWolefGenius Sat 05-Jan-13 20:35:56

Why does a bum hole need to have the bacteria in it killed? I am a trained nurse, and have never heard of the normal bacteria in the anus being a threat to health.

And I do not think you should be putting anything up your child's bottom unles you absolutely have to - ie. if a doctor has prescribed something, and this is the way it has to be administered. Tbh, if someone waited until I was asleep and then pushed something up my bum, I would be very unhappy indeed. As someone has already said, fine if it is your choice, but not if you are doing it to a child who,cannot consent, unless it is absolutely medically necessary.

Willdoitinaminute Sat 05-Jan-13 20:36:04

And suppositories are made of fat that is solid at room temp but melts at temp so no way are they the same!

Fairylea Sat 05-Jan-13 20:36:17

Finding the idea upsetting to be honest.

Surely this can't be real ?

rechargemybatteries Sat 05-Jan-13 20:36:17

Why would you do this?

Willdoitinaminute Sat 05-Jan-13 20:36:26

Sorry melts at body temp.

Santasapunkatheart Sat 05-Jan-13 20:36:52

Sounds like my grandmother - she believed in mustard baths, coffee enemas and sticking baby buds in the ears.

She terrified me.

For so many reasons......NO!

Notoutorabout Sat 05-Jan-13 20:38:22

Whatever you ad your DH decide to do in the privacy of your own home is up to you. Garlic, fruit&veg, whatever.....

Yabu in relation to your poor ds though. Would not sound good in A&E.

Grapesoda Sat 05-Jan-13 20:38:24

I do hope this was a joke (albeit not v funny).
I don't know how old your ds is or why the fuck you'd want to put garlic up his bottom but this is not medically recommended and inserting anything like that into a child's anus/ rectum can cause serious damage.
Absolutely fucking
What you and your dp do with your own arses is of course your business (and now ours of course).

Grapesoda Sat 05-Jan-13 20:39:10

Absolutely unbelievable! Rather.

Littlefish Sat 05-Jan-13 20:40:09

I remember a thread years ago on Mumsnet about this. Someone had done it, and the garlic clove had come out at work the next day with the most unbelievable stench.

HollaAtMeBaby Sat 05-Jan-13 20:40:50

I urge you to read this classic thread and never even think of garlic suppositories again, OP...

OnceUponAThyme Sat 05-Jan-13 20:43:27

why would you shove garlic up your arse? confused
what does it do? other than presumably make your farts more interesting.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Sat 05-Jan-13 20:44:09

Too many questions...I have too many

HollaAtMeBaby You linked to exactly the thread I was thinking of when I opened this one. grin grin

NoelHeadbands Sat 05-Jan-13 20:51:05

What does it do

I'm out of fresh, would Eazy Garlic work?

makeloveyourgoal Sat 05-Jan-13 20:51:19

This thread smells fishy. Not garlicky.

DearPrudence Sat 05-Jan-13 20:53:18

It's weird and unpleasant at best. And YABU.

laurenamium Sat 05-Jan-13 20:59:23

YABU that poor child sad

FredFredGeorge Sat 05-Jan-13 21:01:31

SDTGisAChristmassyWolefGenius The theory would be that the bacteria there is the wrong bacteria, so by killing it it gives a chance of the right strains to colonise.

I don't think it makes any sense to do it to yourself though, let alone a child who can't consent... but that is I believe the hypothesis. Transplants of bacteria from one person to another are successful for some things though, so the general idea of bacteria being "wrong" is perhaps meaningful.

PseudoBadger Sat 05-Jan-13 21:05:27

'Colonise' - very good FredFredGeorge grin

CheungFun Sat 05-Jan-13 21:08:39

Just confused as to why you would want to do this....hmm

babybarrister Sat 05-Jan-13 21:29:38

Well DH swears it has got rid of his cough which da and I also have so thought I would give it a whirl - why not?! Just another alternative therapy which may or may not work as far as I am concerned! DS (6) is sound asleep having made his views v cleargrin

SamSmalaidh Sat 05-Jan-13 21:33:00

Um... no. You cannot push things up a child's bottom, and putting garlic in your bottom won't get rid of a cough confused

just no

rub vicks on his feet, calpol if he needs it, open window for fresh in the bedroom

it's not alternative therapy, it's introducing a foreign object into your child's bottom which is very dubious practice indeed

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Sat 05-Jan-13 21:35:30

I urge you to read the link HollaAtMeBaby posted. I vividly remember that thread grin and envy <sick face

Why on earth would anything shoved up your arse cure your cold??
Because you end up too scared to cough or summat?!

Your DH is a weirdo grin.

HollyTheHedgehog Sat 05-Jan-13 21:37:22

Alternative therapies + AIBU? Really?

IneedAsockamnesty Sat 05-Jan-13 21:39:48

Raw garlic when used topically on skin is a irritant it can cause blisters and third degree burns,

This is more likely to happen to children and elderly people.

Fred, colds are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Respiratory viruses.

Our bowels are full of bacteria who really like to be left alone.

Suppositories work well, do not hurt, are not abusive to use - even with children hmm (you repressed Brits, you) and can be a godsend when confronted with a vomiting, febrile child. Or a fitting person. Or somebody who does not tolerate some drugs well by mouth (me - Voltarol. After my first ERCP after MC, I asked for a Voltarol suppository to go where the sun don't shine before I woke up with the subsequent ones).

Garlic is for cooking <gavel>.

judefawley Sat 05-Jan-13 21:40:48

We went on holiday with some friends, she's Danish & they live in Denmark.

She was constantly sticking things up her kids' backsides, or so it seemed to us.

But garlic? A 6 year old? No. It's just not part of our culture here, so it seems highly inappropriate.

WhySoSirius Sat 05-Jan-13 21:41:38

<build some sort of protection advise in case someone tries to sneak in my room and put garlic in my bum>

Thanks folks!

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sat 05-Jan-13 21:43:23

Your DH is bonkers.....there is no need to say anymore!

Except perhaps, that your DS clearly has more common sensegrin

Fakebook Sat 05-Jan-13 21:43:58

Some things really don't need to be shared with people. This is one of those things. hmm.

babybarrister Sat 05-Jan-13 21:44:53

DS has had medicinal suppositories before - everywhere 'on the continent' uses them - just not the uptight Brits - I agree garlic different but frankly it is just an alternative medicine - many people take garlic pills don't they?!

PickledInAPearTree Sat 05-Jan-13 21:46:01

I've got nothing against medication up the bum.

But garlic? No! grin

NolittleBuddahsorTigerMomshere Sat 05-Jan-13 21:46:27

We seriously need a vomit emoticon MNHQ! OP, please don't do that, it is deranged and cruel IMO, take DC to the Dr.

babybarrister Sat 05-Jan-13 21:46:30

DH loves the fact MN thinks he is bonkersgrin - in fact he is a rather conservative rugger bugger type grin

CuddlyBlanket Sat 05-Jan-13 21:46:50

Garlic pills go through the whole digestive system as designed top to bottom. Things go in the mouth out the bum, not in the bum.

ElectricalHoHoHoBanana Sat 05-Jan-13 21:48:17

i read it as garlic GLOVES.....i should wear my glasses more

SamSmalaidh Sat 05-Jan-13 21:48:31

Medical suppositories are nothing like sticking a clove of garlic up a child's bottom though!

Rugger bugger types - they are the most bonkers grin.

I agree, Sam.

I grew up on the continent, there was no such thing as oral Paracetamol for children; suppositories all the way.

babybarrister, I have no problem with alternative remedies, as long as they make some sense grin.
My gran used to want to give us kids hot onion juice at the first sign of a sniffle - nobody dared cough or blow a nose in her presence...

stifnstav Sat 05-Jan-13 21:55:45

Hmmm, people take garlic pills so a garlic clove up the arse is ok, is it? Well if you say so.

I take cod liver oil tablets but on second thoughts I think I'll strip naked and get DH to funnel stinking fish oil into my rectum. That'll ease my aching joints!

Loquace Sat 05-Jan-13 21:57:28

DS has had medicinal suppositories before - everywhere 'on the continent' uses them

This is true. My child was born here in Italy and most meds were up the bum when he was small. Best way really when they are a bit puky or hate ral meds with a passion. Wish antibiotics had been sups. . I have had far too many top ruined by his "spray it back out" trick.

BUT, as far as I am aware, shoving random food items up childrens' bums on the basis that somebody swears by it is not the norm by any stretch of the immagination.

Suppositories are made from carrier substances that are deliberatly chosen for their non irritant qualities becuase they will be in contact with an area with extremely sensitive skin/membranes. Garlic does not qualify in that regard, becuase it is capberble of causing significant irritation even on less sensitive tissue types.

leave the rectum well alone. i am a trained nurse also and unless it is really essential and only on the doctors orders would not go anywhere near shoving anything up there. the gut has a delicate balance in its flora any any disruption can cause all sorts of problems . nature has a wonderful way of dealing with bacteria and that is to poo them out. at your little ones age his immune system is still sorting itself out and to do this would be dangerous. SO NO NO NO NO NO

Santasapunkatheart Sat 05-Jan-13 21:57:48

One good thing. You can never be buggered by vampires.

Can't believe I just said that.

IneedAsockamnesty Sat 05-Jan-13 22:00:06

And I have absolutely nothing against suppositorys none whatsoever but a garlic clove is not a suppository.

Suppository = a medical product intended to be put up your bottom or in your vagina.

Garlic clove = a nice tasting thing that adds flavour to food,or a alternative medicine product that is not intended to be applied raw internally.

See the difference

babybarrister Sat 05-Jan-13 22:01:01

It is ok - please do not worry for DS - he has said he is not up for it! He is quite strident so there is little danger we could ignore his views grin. DH and I will continue with our alternative remedies and keep MN in the loopsmilesmile - who know- it's might in fact work!!!

ShiftyFades Sat 05-Jan-13 22:01:21

I am in tears reading the classic thread, absolutely brilliant gringringrin

OP, I'm glad you didn't do this to DS

rainrainandmorerain Sat 05-Jan-13 22:04:58


I use herbal remedies, and garlic is a wonderful thing - but putting a clove up a child's bum is just likely to BURN and cause him discomfort and pain.

This just needs common sense - I use chilli, ginger and lemon for cold remedies but wouldn't just rub raw ingredients up my nose. Or anywhere else.

whatsoever Sat 05-Jan-13 22:05:51

stifnstav actually howling at your response! grin

Santa grin

IneedAsockamnesty Sat 05-Jan-13 22:07:25

Baby barrister, it will not work at all. Chances are it will cause the shits and intense itching.

Onezerozero Sat 05-Jan-13 22:37:38

I have nothing against suppositories-they have medical uses of course, but a peeled garlic clove would surely sting!

neveronamonday Sat 05-Jan-13 23:07:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WorraLiberty Sat 05-Jan-13 23:11:06

Oh god OP

I have this mental image of you squeezing the poor child's legs together and using him as some sort of human garlic crusher grin

ouryve Sat 05-Jan-13 23:13:16

Answer 1: Experiment on yourselves as you please - you're the ones who will be facing the nasty consequences and not a 6yo who is unable to properly consent.

Answer 2: Don't forget a sprig of rosemary and a little lemon zest hmm

FredFredGeorge Sun 06-Jan-13 09:46:22

PacificDogwood I hadn't actually noticed it was for a cold... I assumed it was for something where a Fecal transplant had been shown to help like C. Diff or IBS or something. I was only really answering the question of what the theory behind it working might be.

thebody Sun 06-Jan-13 11:25:53

Op if your child recounts a tale if being held down while mummy sticks something up his arse be prepared to answer questions from social services.

As for it bring commonplace to do this well it's common place in some parts of Africa to female circumcise! Doesn't make if right does it.

Please leave your child's body alone.

revolvenotevolve Sun 06-Jan-13 13:09:33

I put a garlic clove on my foot - (becausethe internet told me to ) ended up in agony with burns - actual burns not just the sensation of burning. My eyes are watering imagining the pain of that up my bum and the ensuing chaos of getting it back out.

sameoldlovebunny Sun 06-Jan-13 13:20:17

do not stuff things up the child's bum. no matter what you stuff up yours.

ComposHat Sun 06-Jan-13 13:31:55

Should I shove a clove of garlic up my son's arse? You are Jerry Sadowitz/Frankie Boyle and I claim my ten pounds!

Assuming this isn't a really bleak attempt at humour, no don't. Really don't. I am amazed anyone has to ask.
If he is ill/constipated take him to a Doctor, you know the ones who have trained for six odd years in medicine. If there's not anything wrong leave well alone. You could cause him some serious damage attempting to pack foodstuffs up his backside.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sun 06-Jan-13 13:43:17

Um, am I missing something or are our arseholes not supposed to have bacteria in them? Same as other animals' digestive systems?

ComposHat Sun 06-Jan-13 13:44:23

My Doctor is really good at administering suppositories, he does it with both of his hands on my shoulders.

LadyMargolotta Sun 06-Jan-13 13:46:33

Children's medicinal suppositories are specially made for children and dissolve and are absorbed.

A glove clove won't dissolve, and risks getting stuck.

thebody, comparing the use of suppositories with FGM is really rather inappropriate hmm.

Yes, Ariel, the gut is just full of them grin.

I just asked colorectal surgeon-DH what he thought of this and he accused me of having made it up....

LouisWalshsChristmasCloset Sun 06-Jan-13 13:48:35

Isn't there a thread in mn classics about this very subject ? I read it around a year ago twas hilarious grin

Louise, that thread was linked to upthread grin

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sun 06-Jan-13 13:51:46

That thread almost made me vomit, it was so vividly described. Genius.

Punkatheart Sun 06-Jan-13 15:24:28

I think a colorectal's surgeon disbelief at the stupidity of such a suggestion really says it all. Natural should not mean bonkers and it discredits a lot of very good gentle remedies that can be used for legit and beneficial reasons.

I think we are all agreed that sticking something in a child's bottom that should not be there, risking a tear to what is already a delicate area, causing stress and distress - not to mention some odd ways to explain when it all goes wrong, is abusive and unpleasant.

Really, it's not funny and casts doubt on parenting.

The idea that 'They do it on the continent' is absurd too. They eat dogs in Korea and execute people in parts of America. That is not an answer.

Lady M is also correct - proper suppositories are meant to dissolve. No human being needs a food shoved up their backside.

Loquace Sun 06-Jan-13 15:51:26


At least you had the sense not to try garlic on your face. I looked like the dark side of the moon for WEEKS and my skin all fell off, and not in a good "exfoliation" way. More like horrifc sunburn style.

They do it on the continent' is absurd too

For the sake of the EuroTrash parental reputations, can I please point out that yes, use of medically perscribed suppositories widespread, random bits of food up children's bottoms "cos it might work", not so much.

I feel we are getting a bum rap on this thread.

<outragous use of bad pun emoticon>

I have had and given many a suppository (not at the same time grin), but can assure you I have NEVER EVER had a clove of garlic up my bum. And never will have!

How on earth anything the antiseptic properties of garlic are to treat a cold, I really don't know. If it has helped you before, OP, then maybe because the common cold Just Gets Better. Almost Whatever you do grin.

Floggingmolly Sun 06-Jan-13 17:29:51

You actually asked your 6 year old could you shove some garlic up his arse? hmm
That sounds quite disturbing, actually.

LadyMargolotta Sun 06-Jan-13 17:31:47

Floggingmolly - it's just as well the child sounds more sensible then the parent! But in any case, it's really not a good idea to suggest to a child that it's normal to shove food up your bum.

It is NOT normal behaviour on the continent either.

MaureenShit Sun 06-Jan-13 17:33:24

i dont care if its normal " on the continent" ( phrase circa 1972)

makeloveyourgoal Sun 06-Jan-13 17:42:46

I was in the supermarket today and saw the garlic cloves. I started giggling to myself. I tried to explain what I was laughing at to my mum, but it was impossible.

babybarrister Sun 06-Jan-13 18:55:48

well certainly one day's worth of garlic up your bum does not work - I still have a cold, whereas DS who did not have garlic, does not grin

Deux points to your DS grin

ComposHat Sun 06-Jan-13 19:28:11

I hope your son doesn't go to school tomorrow and tells the teacher. 'mum asked me if she could a clove of garlic. up my arsehole' you'll find yourself on some sort of nonce list.

It didn't work, who'd have fucking believed it? hmm

babybarrister Sun 06-Jan-13 21:19:49

Tbh I am sure that DS will find numerous things to embarrass us with over his school days - this will be the least of it! We really have plenty of other things to keep us occupiedgrin. DS is more than capable of standing up for himself I can assure all on MN
DH on the other hand is on to night 3 of his garlic suppositories and is positively evangelical about it nowgringringrin

SarahStratton Sun 06-Jan-13 22:03:58

Fucking ridiculous idea, really bloody stupid. Arses are exit only areas, why do you think it's got a bloody great sphincter.

PrincessMononoke Sun 06-Jan-13 22:11:15

Ouch, I bet that would really sting plus it would give him garlicky farts.
What did he say when you asked him ?

Stixswhichtwizzle Sun 06-Jan-13 22:17:27

stifnstav grin grin only up to page 4 but am so relieved you decided against this! If a pupil of mine mentioned this I'd be horrified! I had no idea this was a thing

PrincessMononoke Sun 06-Jan-13 22:28:12

Just read the other thread, looks like he had a lucky escape.

biff23 Sun 06-Jan-13 22:28:20

Thank you so much for linking the other garlic thread. I have never laughed so much in my whole life. Tried to tell dh but I was laughing and crying too hard - too funny for words.

Punkatheart Sun 06-Jan-13 22:28:57

Perhaps a future article in the book 'Stupid Places to Stick Garlic' by I. A. M. Crazy:

If a pupil tells a teacher that his parents wanted to put garlic cloves up,his bottom, I suspect that it would be more than just an embarrassment for the parents, babybarrister - it could be taken to social services.

Loquace Sun 06-Jan-13 22:37:30

'Stupid Places to Stick Garlic' by I. A. M. Crazy:

Is this story in there?

WARNING, this is tragic, not funny and demonstrates that the persistant belief that shoving garlic in a nether region orifice is not always just silly, but can also be deadly. A newborn died as a result of "garlic faith".

our midwives recommended Tweeny start putting a garlic clove in her vagina nightly to try and kill the bacteria. Tweeny followed the regimen faithfully.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 06-Jan-13 22:45:31

I think there's probably a limit to the antibacterial properties of garlic.

If you got a massive plate of shit and grated some garlic in it - would all the bacteria disappear? Would you be happy to pick up this now hygienic poo?

Thought not.

Exactly the same non effect up your arse.

I do put raw garlic to my chickens water. It's meant to be a natural wormer.

Punkatheart Sun 06-Jan-13 22:51:51

Yes I use garlic powder (horse stuff) for my chickens. It's not for worming so much though, Viva - it's simply a health addition and reputedly deters parasites. Works for cats too, apparently. They have vinegar (horsey stuff again) for a natural dewormer in their water. But if I tried shoving it up their backsides....

I love natural stuff. But there is such a thing as gravity. Your bottom is an exit.

(Unless you like Center Parcs stuff, which is another thread ENTIRELY)

SarahStratton Sun 06-Jan-13 22:57:00

I used to out garlic in my horses' feeds, it was supposed to keep the flies away.

It did jackshit, which is probably what it would do shoved up someone's arse.

Pandemoniaa Sun 06-Jan-13 23:05:52

I have nearly shat myself with laughter reading the linked, classic thread.

From which I actually found this paragraph as hilarious as I did the OP's garlic suppository predicament:

I also had a friend with a Great Dane that was incontinent and every time it barked a little turd shot out at toddler eye height...that was also vile. Although someties it missed people and just hit the wall.

gimmecakeandcandy Sun 06-Jan-13 23:06:33

Yes! Please anyone who missed that thread that hollame has linked to further up, read it! I still remember it from last year. Hilarious!

Kleptronic Sun 06-Jan-13 23:12:47

I dare not go to the linked thread, I was laughing at 'One good thing. You can never be buggered by vampires.' but the incontinent Great Dane has prompted my first ever MN tears of mirth. If I laugh any more I may change my face forever. Top thread everyone, don't get any funnier!

Punkatheart Sun 06-Jan-13 23:21:05

Mine was the first (vampire) but the Great Dane waters the eyes indeed....

Loquace, what a sad, sad story you linked to.

However <pedant alert> what went wrong there was awful, terrible misinformation, by the sounds of it from a MW shock, NOT the homebirth.

Also <more pedantery> using garlic for whatever purpose (outside cooking) could be seen as Herbal Medicine, not homeopathy. Which is sugar pills. Herbal Medicine I don't have an issue with - I see your willow bark and show you my Aspirin grin.

Oh, and the incontient Great Dane just helped my DSs greatly with their back-to-school depression grin

Loquace Mon 07-Jan-13 08:58:03

by the sounds of it from a MW


Garlic in the vagina is widely recommended in lieu of antibiotics by American "lay" midwives.

In the states midwives that have the equivilant education to the midwives in Europe in the main do NOT attend homebirths.

Home births there are typically attended by midwives who are not required to have finished highschool, all you have to do is complete a correspondance course and watch some homebirths.

They do not have medical training. But they do have lots of "training" in alt med/unicorn rainbow dust/trust birth.

Hence the widespread recommendations to their clients to use garlic in the vagina, placing newborns at risk.

There is very real harm (often promoted very strongly by psudo medical persons) in this continued belief that garlic shoved here there and everywhere is basically like taking the bestest antibacterial in the world whilst sticking it to Ebil Big Pharma.

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