When young children get sick and congestion settles into their chests it can be worrying. Here are seven gentle and effective natural remedies to help relieve this condition
It's scary when your kids get sick – even worse when you can hear and see they're not feeling well, especially late at night and you can only get hold of a doctor in the morning. It makes any mom feel helpless.
These tips should help keep your little one comfortable until their cold runs its course, but if not, do not hesitate to call your doctor.
Mucus in the lungs causes congestion, so having your toddler breathe moist air can help to loosen this mucus. Try using a humidifier or a vaporiser. Alternatively, simply let your child sit in a steamy bathroom for a while.
Diffusing essential oils
Eucalyptus essential oil is a wonderful decongestant and perfect to diffuse in your child's bedroom. Not only is it effective in loosening up mucus in the airways, it smells great too! Lavender essential oil has also proven to be very calming for children.
Nasal aspirator and saline drops
It can be tricky to clear your baby's nasal passages. You can try to use a bulb syringe or 'snot sucker' to remove any excess mucus – if they struggle with this. Saline drops, sprays or mists are extremely effective at clearing a baby's congested nose gently and effectively.
Lots of fluids
Keeping your sick child hydrated is one of the easiest and quickest ways you can help her recover. If she's reluctant to drink water, healthy and nutrient-rich alternatives like smoothies or raw juices with her favourite fruits and vegetables might work better. If she prefers warm drinks, try giving her some chicken soup, rooibos tea or even warmed apple juice.
A natural chest rub
A chest rub is often the first thing you'll reach for when you notice your little one has a stuffy nose or chesty cough. But do you actually know what ingredients have been used to make up the rubs you're so readily smearing onto their baby's chest, feet and nose?
Pure Beginnings' Natural Chest Rub with eucalyptus & lavender, is the perfect addition to your winter medicine cabinet. Free from petroleum and menthol, and with 100% of the ingredients from natural origin, this chest rub is safe to use on babies as young as 3 months old. Incorporating the powerful healing properties of eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and frankincense, this chest rub provides a gentle, safe and effective way to ease congestion.
Plenty of rest
Children need plenty of sleep – even more so when they are ill. Sleep presses the reset button and allows the body some down-time to fight the bugs it's up against.
While sleep is ideal, it is not always easy to enforce. If this is the case, you can encourage quiet play. Create a comfortable space for your little one to cuddle up in where she can page through books, play quietly with toys, draw or colour-in. This way they can keep busy without exerting themselves.
Elevating your toddler's upper body so gravity can help reduce congestion will definitely help to ensure a more peaceful night's sleep. When children lie flat on their backs, the congestion that builds up in their little bodies can sometimes worsen. You can lift the one side of your child's bed by placing a rolled-up towel or a pillow beneath the mattress. If they are in a 'big bed", you can prop the legs up on hard books or blocks of wood.
Remember, cuddles also go a long way in helping kids feel better.
Source: Pure Beginnings
This article was republished from Living&Loving Online