Ice is nature's anti inflammatory and it is great to use in the first 48 hours of an injury. It reduces inflammation when you have a sprain or a strain, a tear or some tendonitis. And it is safe for the little ones (my girls LOVE ice for any boo boo and I keep a couple of little packs in my fridge for the many occasions that call for ICE). You only want to ice an area for 20 minutes or less. Be careful not to cause damage to your skin like frostbite.
One of the easiest ice packs to find is a fresh bag of frozen peas or corn. For starters it's flexible so it can mold to any body part that needs the ice treatment. Plus there is a timer built in as the veggies thaw and start to smell you know it is time to stop icing. After using peas or corn as an ice pack you definitely don’t want to eat them. So make sure to mark them with a piece of tape or permanent marker that they are for icing only.