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Bronchitis - Healthy Child

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the membranes lining the airways or bronchial tubes. It is usually a complication of a viral or bacterial infection that often starts with cold or flu like symptoms-runny nose, sniffles, sore throat, developing into a deep, chesty cough. The inflammation can be made worse by a smoky or polluted atmosphere.

Keep the children as calm and stress-free as possible. It is better that the phlegm is released through cough than held in. Try to get the child to spit phlegm out.

Signs And Symptoms
Dry cough or mucus cough, feels sore when child coughs, yellow phlegm, wheezing, chest pain, fever.

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

10 drops Thyme linalol, 10 drops Eucalyptus radiata, 10 drops Niaouli, 25 drops Myrtle.

Room Steamer Tissue Massage

Put 10 drops of the bronchitis mix into a bowl of steaming hot water and place in the same room as the chid, but out of reach of all children and pets.

To help breathing during the night, put 4 drops on a tissue and tuck near the child's head, away from the eyes.

Use 3-5 drops of the above mix in a teaspoon of vegetable oil and massage a small amount over the chest and back of the child.

Essential Oils That help

Niaouli, Ravensara, Myrtle, Thyme linalol, Eucalyptus radiata. Bronchodect

Other Care
The American Medial Association recommends humidifiers or steam to help keep the bronchial passage clear. Both methods can be used with essential oils. If the child is coughing, to encourage the release of phlegm, hold them over your lap, face down. Keep the child's head propped up at night. have them drink plenty of liquid and eat frequent meals rather than infrequent large ones.

When To Get Help
There can be complications with bronchitis so always get a diagnosis and be prepared to contact help again if the condition gets worse, or if it doesn't seem to be getting better. Get immediate help if the child is wheezing, vomiting, or has a blush tinge around the lips and mouth.

Same for Bronchiolitis

Reference: Aromatherapy For The healthy Child: Valerie Ann Worwood

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