My 4 year old daughter has chest congestion and cough since 1 year, given antibiotics and neubilizer on Dr advice but of no use. Ayurvedic Dr said low immunity due to intake of antibiotics. She is on ayurvedic medicines now. Please suggest.

Chest congestion is one of the most common medical ailments to suffer from and is usually triggered by some of the most common aggressors in our natural environment. Even though the condition is rather common, it can be quite alarming for a parent if their toddler suffers a severe attack of the condition as the child’s immune system is still under development and the mildest of infections that occur in an adult human can be very serious when present in a child. The fact that chest congestion can make breathing quite painful and troublesome will usually prompt the child to cry or become very irritable – causing the parent to take notice that something is wrong. The mucus, which is essentially produced in order to prevent foreign particles from entering the lung’s will start to build up in the respiratory tract as a result of the fact that the bacterial or viral infection causes its production to dramatically increase. This abnormal overproduction of mucus and its build up will cause the chest congestion.

First and foremost, it is essential that you take your child to your local hospital to identify whether the condition is purely the result of a viral or bacterial infection or if it is a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition. The congestion is also likely to be caused by an allergen, so you may want to have your child tested for any allergies so as to be able to control the child’s environment as much as possible in the future. Not many people are aware of the fact that, while the purpose of antibiotics is to help the immune response, research has shown that people treated with antibiotics tend to have more repeat infections that those not treated – leading to the conclusion that antibiotics play a significant role in immunity suppression.

Some of the more common symptoms of a low immunity include chronic infections, sore or swollen lymph glands, an increase in the frequency of colds and flu as well as cold sores or genital herpes. There are a number of natural treatments that will help boost your daughter’s immune system such as green tea, which is known to boost the production of immune cells. Increase your intake of foods such as vegetables, fruits, and beans as well as seeds and whole grains and stick to a diet that is low in fat and refined sugars. Foods that are rich in carotenes such as dark greens, yams, sweet potatoes and tomatoes are all known to be very beneficial in boosting the immune system.

answered by M W

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