Pneumonia is an infection caused due to bacteria, fungi, or a virus and inflames air sacs in one or both lungs. Its symptoms include cough, fever, chills, difficulty in breathing, etc. You cannot expect it to go away in a day, but depending upon the seriousness of the situation; here are a few of the remedies you can try at home.
Use A Warm Compress
If your child has a fever or is feeling hot, a warm compress could provide great relief. All you have to do is soak a towel in lukewarm water and place it on your kid’s head for 10-20 minutes. Repeat the process 2-3 times if required. This will not only help in getting rid of the fever but also provide comfort to your kid.
Intake Of Enough Fluids And Proper Nutrition
To get better, your kid needs to drink a lot, and lots of water as hydration is really necessary for this. Juices like lemonade, lime juice, orange juice, etc., not only help in hydration but also provide vitamin C, which is necessary for them. Foods that are generally yellow or orange in their natural colors like carrots, apricots, and papaya are great as they have beta carotene.
Green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, protein-rich food, and whole grains can recharge their body to fight against the infection. Proper diet with enough rest is the way to a quicker recovery.
Giving Them A Hot Drink From Time To Time
You can give anything ranging from hot water, tea, decaffeinated drinks, milk, soups, etc. Hot drinks not only keep you hydrated but also loosen up the mucus in your lungs to get rid of it. Avoid caffeine as it can dehydrate your kid.
One of the recipes you can implement is Ginger Basil honey water. All you have to do is put these three ingredients in water and let the water boil. Once the water starts boiling, keep it on for 2-3 minutes and then strain it. This will help the kid in getting some relief.
Another thing you can try is vegetable soup. For this, all you need is oil, ginger, garlic, onion, cabbage, carrot, mushroom (optional), and tofu (optional). Take one tablespoon of oil in a pan and add chopped garlic and ginger to it. Once the smell of both goes away, add onion and sauté it for 1-2 minutes. After that, add the rest of the ingredients and sauté again for 2-3 minutes and add water (it should be almost three times the amount of ingredients). Season it with a reasonable amount of salt and black pepper. Once the water thickens, turn off the flame, and your soup is ready to serve.
Another soup that could help is spinach soup. The process of this is almost the same, but after sautéing the onion, you have to add properly rinsed and finely chopped spinach to add and then water till it thickens. Once it is thick enough, add the mixture to a blender and add the spices of your kids’ choice. Once it is blended properly, you can make it a little hot in case it has become cold and serve it to your kid.
Steam 2-3 Times Per Day
As we all know, steaming can help in loosening up the mucus inside the lungs and provide instant relief to put your kid to sleep. If you have a steamer, all you have to do is put a little amount of Vaporub in it along with water and cover your kid’s head with a towel so only the hot steam can go inside his nostrils.
In case you don’t have a steamer, take a utensil and boil water in it. When it is steaming hot, put some Vaporub and let your kid inhale the hot air. In case the water gets cool too quickly, put some hot one ready so you can directly add it to the existing utensil.
Breathing exercises could be of great help to help one breathe comfortably. Anulom Vilom is a great exercise for your kids or even your lungs. All your kid has to do is breathe in through one nostril, keep the other one closed and breathe out from another, keeping the first one closed.
Changing The Environment
If your kid is continually coughing, a humidifier near his/her bed will help, and in case they’re experiencing difficulty in sleeping, propping up their pillow or even adding a few more to elevate their head would help in sleeping.
One cannot deny the fact that it is only with the help of proper rest that they can heal. An adequate amount of sleep, no stress, and patience is the key to cure, as getting cured of pneumonia cannot happen in 1 day or even one week. Putting a few drops of tea tree oil into bathing water can also provide some sense of calmness as it is soothing. Even use of rosemary oil in little quantity could give some relief due to its calming smell.
Fighting pneumonia isn’t easy, but it isn’t so challenging as well. Here we bring you easy remedies you can use to help your kid recover faster so they can go back to playgrounds, and you can finally be free of worries. It covers everything from food recipes to taking care via warm compress, hot drinks, steaming, breathing exercise, environment change, and whatnot.