This is definitely the time of year when colds, viruses, and bacteria can get the best of us, as well as our little ones. Though sinus infections are a very common thing, it can be heart wrenching to watch our poor children suffer helplessly from such a thing and not knowing what to do to bring them some relief. Fear not, as there are quite a bit of natural ways to get rid of this problem right at home.
Sinusitis And The Sinuses
A sinus infection or sinusitis is when one or more sinuses become irritated and inflamed. Sinuses are little, air filled spaces that produce mucus that drains into the nose. Various things can cause irritation and inflammation of the sinuses, which may include bacteria, viruses, air particles (smoke or dust), allergies, and chemicals. Just to name a few.
- There are sinuses located in the forehead, known as the frontal sinuses. Children don’t develop these until they are about 6 or 7 years of age.
- The ethmoid sinuses are located in the bridge of the nose.
- The maxillary sinuses are located in the cheekbones, and are the most common sinuses to be affected.
Symptoms of a sinus infection may include:
- pain of the face
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- ear ache
When treating a sinus infection for your child at home, symptoms should not last more than a few days. If symptoms do remain after a week, I would consider taking your child to his/her pediatrician to be sure that nothing more serious is the issue, or that nothing is stuck in the child’s nasal passage.
There are many ways to naturally rid your child of a sinus infection. Here, I will share a few ways that will effectively get the job done and have your child better in no time!
- Keep your child hydrated. This helps to keep the mucus thin and able to drain properly. Be sure to keep them drinking plenty of fluids like tea, water, and/or broth.
- Humidifiers help to keep the air moist, which also helps the sinuses from drying out. Since we didn’t have humidifiers growing up, my father always kept a large pot of water boiling to humidify the house. This works just as well.
- Steam vapors help to relief pressure and break up mucus as well. Boil a small pot of water and let your child inhale the vapors from the pot. Adding herbs to the water, such as rosemary, ginger, thyme, and sage, can be very therapeutic.
- Essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, oregano oil, and peppermint oil, are also very therapeutic and helpful to inhale with steam vapors. Also, making it easier for your child to breathe if they are having problems doing so.
- Steam showers help with vaporizing and can also promote sweating to help your child sweat out the infection.
- Saline rinse will help to break up mucus and eliminate the infection. Boil about a cup of water and add a pinch or two of sea salt. Put the solution into a bulb and flush your child’s sinuses one at a time.
- Apple cider vinegar is a great way to give the blood a quick PH balance, allowing the body’s gland to properly and effectively fight off infection. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water and have your child drink it a couple times a day. Feel free to add a little honey to make it a bit easier to drink.
- Garlic is an antibiotic naturally and is great for curing a sinus infection. Crush a couple cloves of garlic and steep them in a cup of water. Add in some citrus fruit and honey, and have your child drink this a few times a day.
As I mentioned before, there are several ways to naturally rid your child of a sinus infection, but these are just to name a few. I would love to hear your thoughts on these and feel free to share some remedies that have worked for you, and always remember that a healthy baby is a happy baby!!