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WHAT THE CROUP?!?!
No parent likes it when their littles are sick. We’d do practically anything to make them feel better faster.
Both my babies have asthma. They get it from their father (oh boy!). Sometimes he will have little attacks when he’s doing yard work or anything with dust.
My daughter, KG who’s 8, doesn’t get it real bad but she usually will start coughing after a lot of activity. My son AM, who is 5, gets it really bad when he has a cold. He starts breathing really shallow, starts coughing then at night he’ll get croup.
WHAT IS CROUP??
For those who don’t know, croup is a common respiratory problem in young kids that tend to occur in the fall and winter and is recognized by a high-pitched, barking cough like a seal. There is also a noticeable whistling or squeaky sound when breathing, The symptoms get extremely bad at night.
Some of the steps to treat croup according to the TONS of research I have done include using a humidifier, filling up a bathroom with steam and letting your little one inhale it for a few minutes, or opening the freezer and allowing them to inhale the cool air. You can find more information about croup here.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!
I have tried all of these things and while some things worked, there were more that didn’t and when you are sitting there watching your baby STRUGGLE to breathe and getting worked up (which makes things absolutely worse), you panic! I’ve had many sleepless nights staying in my son’s room because I refuse to leave him or I’d have him sleep in our bed just to be close and available if ANYTHING happens. He's been to the ER multiple times because I swear he really can't breathe!!! It is really frightening!
I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE!
So, I made the decision about 8 months ago that I don’t even want to try to deal with this anymore. I know that you can't prevent getting sick but I invest a lot of time researching natural ways to keep healthy. That's when I started my health kick and started growing my own herbs and veggies.
**Side note: In a previous post I mentioned that I have pots of turmeric, garlic, onions, scallions, and thyme. They are growing in really well (but I will update that in another post)!**
I also want to rely less on chemicals and 'medicine' for sickness and look towards more natural remedies. I've been researching different herbs, fruit, and veggies for different ailments and found some things that help with asthma and health overall.
- Garlic – antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial properties and immune-boosting activity
- Pineapple – contains bromelain which is used in cough syrups and helps with asthma
- Turmeric (curcumin)- SO many benefits including inflammation, bronchitis, and pain
- Honey raw – contains antioxidants, a wide array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids
- Cayenne – anti-irritant, increases blood circulation, natural decongestant, antifungal
- Ginger – anti-inflammatory, aids indigestion and nausea, helps to fight infections
- Lemon – vitamin C which can lower asthma risk, help with iron absorption and boost immune system
Here is my recipe for my homemade cough/sore throat/congestion elixir (I don't really use measurements, I eyeball it and adjust the amounts as I taste it):
- About a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- About a cup of fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 dashes of turmeric
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- About 4-5 tablespoons of raw honey
- A tablespoon of lemon juice
- A thumb-sized garlic clove, peeled
- A pinch of pepper (I read that black pepper aids in the absorption of turmeric to increase its numerous benefits. Some info on turmeric and black pepper here)
As soon as I think I hear a cough, I make this concoction. I start with about 2 ounces at first for each of them (of course when one gets sick the other isn't too far away). I also make sure that they take a couple of puffs of albuterol from an inhaler. I didn't want to eliminate this yet, I'm a little nervous about being without this for now until I can control asthma for a lot longer.
Needless to say, there has not been an asthma attack in 8 months! I'm a very happy mommy. I'm also proud of the fact that they are getting natural ways to combat sickness instead of all of these things that we can't even pronounce in these so-called 'medicines' and that is known to cause other health problems down the line.
Here's to healthy, happy kiddies!!!
Disclaimer: this is by no means a know all do all for anybody. These are the things that I found to work with my kids and I want to share in hopes it works for yours as well. This post is not to be considered a replacement for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always use your best judgment and seek the advice of your health professionals as needed.Click here for reuse options!
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