Many parents my consider this to be their worst nightmare! It’s bad enough to see your child sick, but when they get that hacking cough, it’s terrifying. Children 8 and under, with underdeveloped immune systems, have a particular vulnerability. As a parent, it can be hard to stay prepared and note any symptoms of a cough transforming into croup – a more painful, stubborn and long-lasting dry cough.
Ensure your child is propped up on an extra pillow in back; this will greatly help ease up the spasm attacks, making it easier for your child to breathe, providing them with the much needed comfort.
Rubbing your child’s chest with essential oils has also proven to be a useful remedy to counter the effects of a croup. Massaging your kid’s chest with diluted essential oils such as lavender will help reduce the harshness of a barking cough.
Moist air has been proven beneficial to treat upper respiratory issues, be it in kids or adults. Allow your child to sit in a steam-filled room, breathing in the warm air for about 10-15 minutes every day. This will help the jammed mucous relax, making coughing less painful.
It may be a little surprising to read this, but the cold air outside actually helps relieve the symptoms of croup. If you child has a barking cough, take them out for a few minutes to get some fresh winter air. The more access your child will have to cool fresh air, the sooner they will get better. However, ensure to have them wrapped in a blanket if it’s winter.
Staying hydrated when down with croup is essential. Make sure your child drinks lots of fluids in the form of broths, soups, and herbal teas as they expel excess mucous. The faster your child’s body is detoxified, the sooner they will get better.
Honey is also an effective natural remedy to battle croup. Its thick viscosity and holistic benefits have been known to fight off bacteria and viruses. Many studies also label it as more effective than over-the-counter medication in battling the symptoms of croup and minimizing its effects. Don’t use honey with very young children though. If you have a question, ask your child’s pediatrician