With winter coming on so do illnesses. There is nothing scarier than seeing your child not being able to breathe and feeling helpless. I’m writing this blog to tell you there are things you can do to treat croup without going to the emergency room.
What is croup? and How do I know my child has croup? If your child exhibits the following behaviors, they have croup:
- Makes noisy, high-pitched breathing sounds (stridor) both when inhaling and exhaling
- Begins drooling or has difficulty swallowing
- Seems anxious and agitated or fatigued and listless ( this is usually due to the fact they are having trouble breathing )
- Breathes at a faster rate than usual
- Struggles to breathe
- Develops blue or grayish skin around the nose, mouth or fingernails (cyanosis)
This is extremely scary for parents. I have also dwelt with this with my kids and know this works.
What you should do:
- First, calm your child down and let them know they will be okay. Reassuring your child shows them you’re in control and they will be okay. This helps with their lungs restricting because as the child calms down, the airways open up more.
- Second, brew some Thyme tea. For children, brew 1/4 tsp of dried Thyme with 1 quart jar of water (1 tsp per quart if 12 and older).
- If your child has a very dry cough, Thyme is perfect at breaking up coughs so they can cough up what’s in their lungs. This allows for all that yucky stuff to pass out and is crucial for getting over the illness. I would encourage you to brew this ahead of time if you know your kid is sick as croup usually acts up at night. So if your child is exhibiting a dry cough ahead of time, be proactive and brew this ahead of time, as it gets worse at night.
- Third, comfort your child and let them rest. Rest and hydration are of the upmost importance when sick.
- Supplement with herbal catnip tea.
- Supplement with Vitamin D and Magnesium.
Important: Vitamin D should be liquid and taken as directed. Magnesium helps the body metabolize Vitamin D and is needed if you are supplementing with Vitamin D. There are magnesium rich foods you can provide instead of a supplement such as bananas and avocados. Magnesium is also found in many herbal remedies such as catnip tea so supplementing with the tea should be sufficient instead of a supplement.
Read more for treating colds and flus on my Cold and Flu Season blog.
I recommend the following:
Starwest Botanicals sells quality Thyme Here.
VitaSprings sells quality Vitamin D Here.