If your son has chest congestion, it explains the sleeplessness. When the congestion is severe, the phlegm tends to harden inside the chest and you cannot easily cough it out or simply blow it out. It requires remedies that can melt the phlegm so that the sluggish liquid can be eliminated from the body system.
Honey, which has many bactericidal properties, can be effectively used to cure a chest congestion. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide which kills off the bacteria and decongests the chest to aid normal breathing. It also decreases the irritation of the throat and helps in reducing cough.
When you have chest congestion, it is generally advised that you drink a lot of fluids. Water is useful in flushing out toxins from the body and therefore water should be used so that harmful bacteria are flushed out from the system. When your body is hydrated properly, the mucous in the chest gets softened and is easily coughed out.
Yellow colored fruits and vegetables are rich in beta carotene and anti oxidants. Both aid in the correct functioning of the lungs. Spinach, papaya, berries are good sources of beta carotene and anti oxidants and therefore should be included in good quantities in all your meals.
Hot foods also kill bacteria. Eating spicy foods like peppers, jalapeno and chilies can actually help get rid of the unwanted bacteria. The heat also helps the congested mucus to become thin.
Enzyme rich food can break down your phlegm. Therefore enzyme rich foods like kiwi and pineapple should be taken so that the mucous can be broken down and eliminated. Garlic is also good to eat in your son’s condition. Garlic has many properties that help ward off infections.
You can also try using essential oils. Essential oils have relaxing and soothing aromas and can also help in fighting off infection and clearing congestions. Use an oil diffuser to turn the oil into vapors. Inhale these vapors to clear the nasal pathways. Once your nasal pathways are clear, you will at least be able to breathe properly.
If you cannot get your hands on essential oils, you can simply use eucalyptus oil which is commonly available at drug stores. The eucalyptus oil helps in clearing out the congestion and removing the phlegm from the body. Most likely, the oil will make you sweat and cause a runny nose. The runny nose will help eliminate the clogged phlegm, thus clearing the airways and freeing your lungs of any congestion. It also helps open up the sinus cavities, thus helping in breathing better.
answered by G M on Sep 15, 2009, 7:04:11