Can olive or cod liver oil be given to a 3 year old for chest congestion?

Cod liver oil besides improving the cognitive function of your child will also help to ease his chest congestion. Olive oil can also help relieve congestion, provided your child takes it. You can easily prepare a rub for your child using olive oil. For this take ¼ cup of olive oil in a glass bottle and add ¼ tsp eucalyptus oil and 1/8 tsp of thyme and peppermint oil. Shake well and use this mixture to rub over the chest and throat. This remedy will help to ease his congestion.

Besides you can even try the following home remedies for congestion -

  • Steam baths or hot water baths are very effective in dealing with congestion.
  • Use a humidifier in his room at night before going to bed, to reduce the cold and congestion.
  • Increase his fluid consumption. Chicken broths and vegetable soups will also help boost immune system and ease congestion. Stop giving him cold foods, cold water, fried foods, chocolates and candies till he recovers.
  • Before starting any dose of olive oil or cod liver oil consult a specialist.

answered by Dr S

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