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3 Home Remedies for Asthma

According to WebMD, Asthma is still the leading cause of chronic illness in children and affects about 7 million children in the United States and, for unknown reasons, is steadily increasing.  These are scary facts for parents, and with the weather constantly changing your child is more prone to an asthma attack than ever before. Here are 3 home remedies that could help your little soldier.

 

Ginger tea mixed with 2-3 crushed garlic cloves

Ginger and garlic both have anti-inflammatory properties and anti bacterial properties that will help to relax their airways and eliminate phlegm allowing your little soldier to breath. To mask the taste of the garlic add honey.

WARNING, your little one might feel nauseous after drinking this tea, but give it a few hours and you will see a complete 180.

 

Massage the chest with warm sesame oil (dime size) with a pinch of salt and a steam inhalation

This remedy is like a natural a mentholated topical ointment to help them breath.  If you do not have a face steamer, pour boiling water in a bowl, add little droplets of sesame oil in the water, and put a thick towel over your soldier’s head. Make sure your soldier is taking consecutive breaks to cool down and does not stay under the towel for longer than two minutes each turn.

WARNING, be prepared for little ones nose to run like crazy during this as the steam and oil breaks down the phlegm in their body, so have lots of tissues by their side.

 

Boil a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in a glass of milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

Dairy products are something many doctors warn parents against with kids with asthma, but combined with ginger and turmeric powder it becomes a great way to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory properties and anti bacterial property that helps to prevent blockage in airways, restore normal breathing patterns, and relaxes lung muscles. Give this twice a day.

 

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Jaundice in Babies

Jaundice is often used to describe the yellow color of the skin or the whites of eyes. It is a common condition seen in newborn babies. So, what truly going on in the body to cause this? Well, it indicates that there is excess bilirubin in the bloodstream. Bilirubin is a yellow material created in the body as it replaces old red blood cells. The liver’s role is to break down the bilirubin which will eventually be removed via stool. But the liver may be still developing in babies, therefore the liver may not be able to keep up with the production of bilirubin in the body.

 

While it may seem alarming for your baby to have a condition so early on in life, it is very common and often not worrisome!

 

What are the common causes of Jaundice?

  • Bilirubin is produced faster than the liver can break it down.
  • The liver is still developing in babies, meaning it might need some time in order to effectively break down the bilirubin.
  • The intestines may be absorbing the bilirubin which would normally be removed via stool.
  • Breastfeeding jaundice can occur within the first week of the baby’s life. This is due to babies who are not nursing well or the mother’s milk supply is low.

 

What are the common symptoms associated with jaundice?

  • Yellowing of skin and whites of eyes
  • Babies with severe jaundice may be very tired and feed poorly

 

What should you do if you notice jaundice in your baby?

Health care providers will check for jaundice once the baby is born. Hospitals will generally check for jaundice after 24 hours have passed. However, jaundice can be seen in babies after 2-4 days of being born. If you notice any signs of jaundice you should get your baby tested. This is done with a blood test to measure levels of bilirubin. Most of the time it is not a problem and goes away within 2 weeks.

 

What is the common treatment for jaundice?

Treatment is generally not required. Initiating treatment for jaundice will depend on the level of bilirubin, how fast the levels are rising, the baby’s age, and how early the baby was born.

 

The best treatment is to ensure the baby is getting enough fluids via breastmilk or formula. Feed the baby often is recommended in order to encourage regular bowel movements.

 

Phototherapy may be used if the baby’s bilirubin levels are really high – this is the common blue light used in hospital settings. The light helps to encourage the breakdown of bilirubin in the skin.

 

When should you be concerned?

You should be concerned if your baby has a fever, seems to be listless or is not feeding well. If in any case, you have a suspicion that your baby has jaundice talk to your medical provider.


Jaundice, Newborn. "Newborn Jaundice: Medlineplus Medical Encyclopedia". Medlineplus.gov. N.p., 2017. Web. 26 Jan. 2017.


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