Pneumonia is the most common cause of serious illness in young children worldwide. Pneumonia is the infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi. When a child is infected, his lungs are filled with fluid and it becomes difficult to breathe. Later in the article, will share home remedies and foods for pneumonia that may help in recovery.
The lungs are made up of small sacs called alveoli, which fill with air when a healthy person breathes. When an individual has pneumonia, the alveoli are filled with pus and fluid, which makes breathing painful and limits oxygen intake.Children are more likely than adults to develop pneumonia because their airways are smaller and their immune systems are not yet fully developed.
In general, pneumonia is not contagious, but the upper respiratory viruses and bacteria that lead to it are. It can be spread in a number of ways. The viruses and bacteria that are commonly found in a child’s nose or throat can infect the lungs if they are inhaled. They may also spread via air-borne droplets from a cough or sneeze. Sharing drinking glasses and eating utensils, and touching used tissues or handkerchiefs of an infected person also can spread pneumonia. Childrens with the following conditions are more likely to get this illness.
- Weaker immune system
- Chronic diseases issues like asthma
- Lung or airway problem
Symptoms of pneumonia:
Symptoms of pneumonia may differ from person to person depending upon what is causing illness ( bacteria or virus). The symptoms of pneumonia caused by bacteria may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Tiredness and fatigue
If pneumonia is caused by virus, along with the above mentioned symptoms the child may also suffer from:
- Fast and hard breathing
If you notice any of the above symptoms in your child make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis
Diagnose of pneumonia
The Doctor will examine the child and may ask about the health history and symptoms. They will check the breathing pattern and chest congestion. Child has to undergo some physical exams and tests like chest x-rays and blood tests, to diagnose pneumonia.
Treatment for pneumonia
If the child has viral pneumonia, treatment options are limited as antibiotics don’t work against viruses. In that case doctors generally recommend taking rest and medication for fever if the child has one.
However if the child has bacterial pneumonia, antibiotics can be effective. If your doctor prescribes antibiotics to treat your child’s pneumonia, you should give them the recommended dosage as often as your doctor directs you to. Along with medicine the child should
- Take plenty of rest
- Eating nutritious foods
- Drinking lots of fluids
Home remedies and Foods for pneumonia
A glass of hot water with a teaspoon of salt is very beneficial to ease a sore throat. Ask your kid to gargle with salt water twice a day. The saline water helps soothe the pain.
A compound found in turmeric, Curcumin offers therapeutic relief. It works as a mucolytic. Which means it helps in removing mucus and leads to easy breathing and relief from chest pain. It has a very high antioxidant value to protect the body from invading infections. It is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C. You can offer a cup of warm milk with turmeric to your child for quick recovery. This is one of the best foods for pneumonia
Tulsi leaves have been scientifically proven to have medicinal properties. It also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects, rich in vitamin c and zinc and thus keeps the infection at a bay and naturally boosts the immunity. With its antibiotic properties, it is very effective in bringing the fever down. Add a few leaves of tulsi to boiling water, allow it to boil for 2 minutes, strain the water and make your child drink this multiple times a day to lower their temperature.
Giloy is used to treat a wide range of health conditions and one of the foods for pneumonia. This boost immunity which helps in fighting infection effectively. Research shows that these compounds have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antidiabetic properties, among other benefits which help to boost immunity. You can make giloy juice by boiling two small stems of a giloy plant in a glass of water. Drink this warm for better results.
Roasting pepper in ghee and consuming it 2-3 times a day helps in easing congestion and blocked nose. In addition, pepper is rich in vitamin C that helps to boost immunity.
Ginger roots have been used for centuries for health benefits in Asian cultures. Research shows that ginger has medicinal properties, both antiviral and antibacterial, that could help ease the symptoms of stuffy nose or sore throat. Take out some ginger juice by grating it and mix it with some honey. Give this mixture to your child above 1 year twice a day for quick relief (What are other Ayurvedic herbs that are good for kids?)
Lemons, like saltwater and honey, are beneficial for sore throats as they help clear up mucus and provide pain relief. Furthermore, lemons are high in Vitamin C, which can aid to strengthen the immune system and give it more capacity to battle your infection. For quick treatment, mix one teaspoon of lemon juice into a glass of warm water and consume.
- Heat mustard oil and roast garlic and carom seeds in it. Once cool, apply this oil on the baby’s head, palm, feet base, chest and back. Leave it applied and let the child sleep. It will help settle the cold and cough both. Also, any body ache the child has will be resolved. Mustard oil is a very effective cough and cold home remedy.
- Take1 to 2 tbs of lukewarm mustard oil and mix half a teaspoon of rock salt. Then, massage this oil gently on the baby’s chest and back, cover with cotton cloth. The warmth of mustard oil helps in relieving congestion.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Do your children often fall sick with fever, cold and cough? The food we eat plays a key role in determining the overall health and immunity. It gives the body a condition of being able to resist a particular disease. By adding foods, like Nuts, Seeds, Ayurvedic herbs like Tulsi, Giloy, Turmeric, Amla, Ashwagandha and Antioxidants like Cocoa and Vitamin E to your kid’s diet you can prevent them from falling sick again and again by boosting their immunity.
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