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Bronchiolitis - Healthy Child

For children of 2 years of age see also Bronchitis

Bronchiolitis is an infection of the air tubes, the bronchioles, mostly affecting babies and children under 2 years of age. The infection is usually viral (such as respiratory sycytial virus). it results in inflammation and narrowing of the air tubes along with the build up of mucus.

The infection is easily spread in the air, and can even contaminate surfaces that are then touched by a young child. As it's more usual in the colder months, the first symptoms are often mistaken for the common cold. Antibiotics are not usually effective against this type of virus while essential oils can be highly useful.

keep the children warm, cozy, and calm offering them lots of attention. Give plenty of fluids, and feed them in frequent small amounts, rather than infrequent large amounts.

Signs and Symptoms
Runny nose, sniffles, sneezing, coughing, unable to breathe properly, rapid breathing, shallow breaths, wheezing, temperature, fever, feeling generally unwell, refuses food and fluids, sometimes lips and mouth seem bluish, can be mistaken for the common cold.

Bronchiolitis Mix  

The following mix can be used in three ways. Make up a batch using these proportions and bottle:

20 drops Niaouli - 10 drops Ravensara - 8 drops Thyme linalol

Room Steamer Drops on Material Massage

Put the essential oils into a bowl of steaming hot water and place in the same room as baby, out of reach of children and pets. Use these amounts.

Up to 1 year        5 drops

over 1 year          8 drops

To help breathing during the night put 2 drops of the Bronchiolitis mix on the back of the Child's night clothes and on a corner of a pillow or mattress cover, somewhere away from the eyes.

Use 5 drops of the Bronchiolitis mix in 1 teaspoon almond oil

With children under 2 years of age, rub a small amount of this over the back of their body. Imagine where their lungs are, and apply on that area on the back. Do this twice a day.

For children over 2 years old, before applying the oil, put two drops of the mix directly on your hands, rub them together, and wipe over the child's front and back. Then apply a small amount of the massage oil over the back as above.


Reference: Aromatherapy For The healthy Child: Valerie Ann Worwood

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