Croup is a medical condition that usually occurs in children below 5 years, but sometimes kids above 5 years can also have croup. We can define croup as a respiratory infection that affects airways and causes barking cough, breathing problem and sometime fever too. Generally croup is not a serious problem and can be cured by itself within 6-7 days time or by some medications.
There are several reasons that can be responsible for causing Croup as it can be transferred from other infected child because it is a contagious disease, infection by virus or rarely by bacteria, allergy, polluted air and dust. Normally it takes 3-7 days to recover from croup but if it is more severe then contacting your doctor is advised. Home remedies are also an effective way to treat croup. Some of the home remedies for croup are described below.
Best Home Remedies For Croup
Using a humidifier in your kid’s room is very effective way to treat croup. Humidifier helps in keeping the air of kid’s room moist and helps to open kid’s airway passage. You can put some eucalyptus oil or mint oil to vaporize. This will definitely work for your kid.
This is another effective method to relieve your child in case of croup. For steam bath take your kid to bathroom and run the hot water inlet, close the bathroom door and wait for steam to form. When steam properly formed sit with your child for 10-15 minutes. You can repeat this method 1-2 times. Steam will help in opening and cleaning your child’s airway passage and allow breathing easy. Many times it has proven itself a very effective way to counter croup in children.
Ginger as we know is very effective in various infections, as croup is a viral infection it can be treated with ginger. The best way to use ginger is to make a little juice of ginger and add little honey and let the kid drink it 2-3 times a day. You can add lemon juice also or make tea with ginger, lemon and honey.
Garlic is always considered very effective for cough related problems and in various infections. Croup is usually a viral infection, so garlic work better against croup. For using garlic you can give a single raw clove to chew by your kid, but if not possible for your child to chew it then make a little dilute paste of garlic with honey and give a little amount 3-4 times in a day depending on the intensity of the problem. You can also find garlic liquid in any grocery shop or in any drug store. Plain honey can also work on croup.
Put this mixture on heating up to 15 minutes, when its colour gets to brown then stop heating and let it cool for a while. Make a poultice of this paste and apply on chest & Nose Bridge for little time. Repeat 3-4 times a day and it will give your child relief.