Winters are the harbinger of numerous illnesses especially for children and the elderly. Wheezing, sleep difficulties and sore throat can all be a sign of inflammation and mucus build-up in the chest.
Congestion is usually accompanied by a whooping cough that brings phlegm to the surface. Though having excess mucus is not often an alarming cause of concern, however, if it is uncomfortable and is accompanied by other symptoms then it is best to visit your doctor.
The phlegm is sticky and hangs in the back of your throat. Most of us notice it only when we are unwell. Mucous membranes stimulate phlegm to protect and promote your respiratory system.
This helps line your lungs, mouth, nose, throat, and sinuses. When you are healthy mucus is less noticeable since it is thin.
When you are sick the sticky nature of mucus traps allergens, dust, and viruses. This is a vital part of your respiratory system, but when you’re unwell, it is beneficial to remove it from your body to ease breathing.
Below are 7 ways to treat chest congestion in children:
Keeping your little one hydrated is the key to thinning out mucus and making it easier to expel coughing. In a study published in 2008, it was discovered that hot beverages provide quick relief from congestion and improve nasal flow.
It further relieves chills, nagging coughs, sneezing, and sore throat. You can serve broths, decaffeinated black tea, green tea, herbal teas, soups, and warm water. You can also give your child Herbion Cold & Flu Remedy. It contains efficacious herbal granules which can be dissolved in warm water or tea.
Adding moisture to the air around your child can help thin out mucus, reduce congestion, and coughing. You can opt for a cool-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer.
When using either, close doors and windows to ensure the steam is trapped within the room. Be sure to clean the humidifier regularly to ensure it is free of bacteria and pathogens which can lead to infections and aggravate symptoms.
You can also let them inhale the steam. Do this by filling a large bowl with hot water, letting your child lean over the bowl, and drape their head with a towel.
This will help trap steam. Make sure they take brief intervals during the process to avoid burns and give them water once done to keep them hydrated. Another way to inhale steam is to make a hot water bath. This fills the restroom with steam and eases symptoms.
Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle. Allow it to sit at the back of the throat for a little while, then spit it out. This helps remove phlegm and mucus and soothes symptoms. Try this method only for children above 6 years, since this method can be a bit tricky for little children so make sure to monitor the entire process.
Raw honey is one of the most widely used herbal remedies. It is rich in antiviral and antibacterial properties that help eliminate inflammation and infections.
This suppressant is ideal for quelling nighttime cough which helps your child sleep peacefully. You can mix it with lemon for a more potent herbal solution.
Herbs and Food
Your diet can also play an essential part in keeping you healthy. Add garlic, ginger, lemon, and spices such as ground chili peppers and cayenne to your kid’s meals to help alleviate mucus buildup, colds, and coughs. You can also add berries, Echinacea, Ginseng, Guava, Licorice root, Pomegranate, and Zinc as this helps treat respiratory viruses that ease clogged mucus.
Essential oils are effective for numerous ailments, there are even some that can loosen mucus and help to breathe. Some can also eliminate bacterial infections in the respiratory tract.
Basil, Cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea tree, Thyme, and Oregano are some of the most effective essential oils for congestion.
You can let your little one inhale essential oils directly from the bottle, add it to hot water for steam inhalation or use it in a diffuser.
Choose an ointment such as Herbion Chest Rub to help ease your child’s breath. It contains a blend of Beeswax, Dl-Menthol, and Vitamin E. This natural chest rub is enriched with Clove, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, and Olive Oil.