Christmas Eve I had my first introduction to croup as a mama. I was hopeful that we would not need to make a trip to the doctor or ER, and so far we have not needed that trip! Croup can be dangerous, so parents need to be very careful when trying to treat this at home and should call their health care practitioner immediately with any questions or concerns, but here is a list of what was helpful for us.
*Yellow Onion - yes, raw onion was a lifesaver for us and thankfully, I had a big supply on hand. I used onion in two ways. First I FINELY chopped up a raw onion (once in the morning and once in the evening) and left in a bowl next to my son. Second, I made a raw onion poultice. I finely chopped half an onion, wrapped it in cheesecloth and warmed it in the oven for a minute or two. I then rubbed a little vaseline on his chest and placed the poultice on his chest for 30-45 minute increments throughout the day. If his cough sounded barky, I would try to do it more often, but a 2 year old does not sit still that long! =)
*Herbs for kids - I used their echinacea, cherry bark blend, temp assure and horehound blend
*Cough syrup - I made a homemade thyme and honey cough syrup. You can find multiple variations of recipes on line.
*For fever - my son's temperature reached 101; using herbal remedies, we were able to keep the fever from going any higher and it soon came down. We used Herbs for Kids Temp Assure, two different homeopathics (aconitum napellus and cell salt #4 Ferrum Phos), and I sponged his head and feet with mixture that I found in one of my favorite children's herbal resources Gentle Healing for Baby and Child. I used a large cereal bowl of lukewarm water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and 3 drops of lavender essential oil. He found this particularly comforting.
*Essential oils - I used a blend recommended for coughs from Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child. I used this in a warm bath and on a tissue next to us at night as we slept. These oils were soothing and helped to ease his respiratory discomfort.
*I also did a diluted chamomile tea which helped to relax him and ease his fevers.
Again, use caution when treating croup. We were able to keep the barky cough to a minimum (especially with the onion) but use caution and speak to your health practitioner if you have any questions or concerns about your child before using herbal treatments.
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