Bronchitis is a type of infection or the inflammation that affects the lining of the bronchial tubes of a child. These tubes are the passageways for air that allows them to travel through trachea then to the windpipe and finally into the lungs.
This lining secretes pathogen combating mucus that protects the respiratory system of a child from any type of wandering infection. As for the condition called bronchitis, it occurs usually when the tubes start to produce an unusual amount of mucus causing the brachial tubes to be inflamed and result in trouble breathing.
While it is always the best and the foremost idea to go see a doctor in case of a child’s health, we still present a few home remedies to alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis in children.
If your child suffers from bronchitis and is also old enough to gargle, then get them some saltwater to gargle upon. It not only provides relief from bronchitis instantly but also treats the accompanying symptoms like sore throat and coughing.
Salt, in its working, is like an antiseptic that aids in drawing out the excessive mucus. This, in turn, results in the phlegm to be reduced as well as reduction of inflammation.
- Add half a tsp of salt in 1 cup of lukewarm water. For a child, you can also add in a few drops of honey just for taste.
- Teach your child how to gargle properly and also tell them to spit out the gargling water.
- Perform the saltwater gargle a few times a day.
Honey is highly effective in dealing with one major symptom of Bronchitis, the Coughing.
Honey has natural antibacterial as well as antiviral properties that allow it to effectively treat bronchitis associated coughing. In addition to it, it also provides relief from sore throat and inflammation.
- Add 2 tsp of honey in 1 tsp of lemon juice and give it to your child 3 times a day.
Ginger with its immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties is effective in alleviating the symptoms of bronchitis in children. Symptoms like inflammation and irritation associated with bronchitis are effectively relieved by ginger use.
- Make an herbal ginger-tea for your child at home. Simply boil 1 tbsp of grounded ginger in water for at least 15 minutes. Add some honey in it to mask the taste of ginger.
Turmeric has the compound Curcumin in it that with its strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties allows reducing the mucus production and also reducing the swelling in the bronchial tubes.
- Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder in 1 glass of warm milk and mix it well. Let it cool down for a bit and give it to your child 2 times a day.
- There are also Curcumin based supplements available in the market but they should only be used after a doctor’s recommendation.
Bronchitis in children needs to be treated with lots of fluids as the condition can often lead to dehydration. Staying dehydrate helps the bronchial tubes by thinning the mucus lining them and this, in turn, makes it easier for removal as well as reducing the cough.
The best-recommended fluids for children are lemon water, vegetable soups, clear broths, and fruit juices. These should be given at regular intervals.