My daughter was born premature at 26 weeks gestation on July 4th, 2009. She has throat congestion. What can I give her?

Throat congestion is a very uncomfortable condition that could affect adults as also babies. The condition is very irritable and causes a lot of discomfort to whoever it affects. While the condition may appear as if it presides in the throat, the condition actually takes place in the nose as a result of the buildup of thick mucus. This mucus will also travel down to the throat and collect in certain parts – causing the congestion to be felt more prominently in the throat. A child will not know what it is but will feel substantial discomfort – which is likely to make it cry aloud continuously until the course of irritation has been removed. The condition is, more often than not, the result of a virus, which later disappears on its own within a few weeks at the most. It is important to remember that congestion is not really a condition on its own, but more of a symptom of another underlying medical condition. Some of the more obvious conditions that cause congestion include a sinus infection, the common cold, or even the excessive use of a nasal spray or drops. As with any condition, one must also be very careful when the affected individual is a baby as, with the undeveloped immune system, there is always the chance for the condition to go out of control and have very disastrous outcomes.

Because of the fact that congestion is a very common condition to be affected by, there are a number of well-known natural treatment options that you could use to help relieve the condition. One of the most effective remedies is to heat up a cup of water and add a few drops of grapefruit seed to it when the concoction has turned a little warm. Getting the baby to inhale the vapor is known to be very useful and performing the treatment about twice a day would provide almost instant relief for your child. However, it is essential that you do not make your child inhale the vapors when the water is too hot as the intense heat in the steam could potentially damage the inner lining of the child’s nose. Peppermint oil is another widely used option. One would need to put two drops of the oil in a cotton ball and breathe in deeply until the nasal passage has been decongested. Get your baby to drink as many fluids as possible over the course of the day in order to liquidify the solid mass that has accumulated in the baby’s nasal passage and throat.

answered by G M

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