It can be a very scary time for parents when your child develops breathing issues or some sort of respiratory distress. The common cold, cough, flu season, and environmental and food allergies can affect a child more severely causing breathing difficulties and possibly wheezing. Here are a few tips and remedies to ameliorate the situation:

  • Use a vaporizer or cool mist humidifier in your child’s room especially at night.
  • Run a shower to create hot steam and have your child breathe the steam
  • Use essential oils such as eucalyptus, pine, peppermint, and/or thyme in a basin with a cloth over your child’s head breathing in the hot steam. Also apply on your child’s chest or under their nose to open up nostrils.
  • Strengthen the lungs with mullein, yarrow, and lobelia tinctures and drain mucus from the head with myrrh.
  • Tea tree oil on a cloth to breathe will open up the lungs quickly.
  • Use beta-carotene, chlorophyll, dimethylglycine (DMG), micelized Vitamin A, oregano oil, Vitamin C, garlic, Echinacea, and/or gingko biloba to strengthen the lungs.
  • Use homeopathy such as ipecacuanha for wheezing, sequential homeopathy for nasal sprays, colds, flu, allergies and shallow breathing.
  • Electrolytes to help with dehydration and drinking fluids to loosen up mucus.
  • Use ginger, peppermint or sage teas, Breathe Easy tea by Traditional Medicine and Breathe Deep by Yogi Teas
  • Apply a mustard compress to open up the lungs and drain mucus (1/4 cup of white flour and dry mustard – mix together with warm water to make a paste and spread on a paper towel (like a sandwich) – one on top and one on the bottom. Place on the chest area for 15 minutes or when the child says it’s becoming too hot and uncomfortable. Very helpful for bronchitis.

If your child has more serious issues with breathing that require medical attention, then call 911. However, there may be a chronic underlying condition such as asthma.

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For further references:

Brown SD, Baxter KM, Stephenson ST, Esper AM, Brown LA, Fitzpatrick AM. Airway TGFbeta1 and oxidant stress in children with severe asthma: association with airflow limitation. Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012;129(2):388-96, 96 e 1-8 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22206775