bronchiolitis

Treat Bronchiolitis Naturally

Bronchiolitis is a highly common, contagious lower respiratory tract infection that affects young children and infants. It often mimics the common cold in its early symptoms before developing into bronchiolitis. In most cases it is easily treated at home, but you should contact your doctor if you are concerned or if your child appears to be having trouble breathing, drinking or eating normally.

 

How do I know if I have bronchiolitis?

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Slight fever
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing

Contact a doctor if your child also has:

  • Vomiting
  • Accelerated, shallow breaths
  • Skin turning blue
  • Lethargy
  • Refusing to drink
  • As these can be signs of more serious conditions.

 

How do I prevent bronchiolitis?

  • Keep children away from anyone with a cold or fever.
  • Get a flu shot and insist those around you get flu shots or limit their contact with your child.
  • Keep countertops in your home clean, especially if someone has recently been or is sick.
  • Use a tissue only once.
  • Don’t share glasses or kitchen utensils.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially when in public.
  • Carry hand sanitizer so you can sanitize on the go.
  • Breast feed as it helps to give immunities that your baby might otherwise miss.

 

How can I treat bronchiolitis?

  • Keep the air moist with a cool air humidifier.
  • Steam your child frequently for 15 minutes at a time to help ease coughing. Consider adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to help loosen the airways.
  • Keep children upright to help ease breathing.
  • Keep them hydrated; water, juice and popsicles are great!
  • Keep them away from smoky environments. Smoke filled rooms can aggravate any respiratory problems.
  • Use garlic and onion frequently in foods as they boost immunity and are naturally antibacterial.
  • If your child is having trouble breathing a suspension of eucalyptus or tea tree oil rubbed on the chest will help them breath.
  • Lavender and chamomile oils on a humidifier will help relax airways.
  • Help fight off bacteria by having them drink a glass of hot lemon water sweetened with honey.
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