When your child complains of breathing difficulty at night, you cannot help but be concerned. Do not panic. If your child has colds or cough, chest congestion is bound to happen. You can visit the doctor to get some prescription medicines to help reduce the chest congestion. On the other hand, there are simple home remedies that you can do to reduce the discomfort your child is feeling.
What Is Chest Congestion?
Chest congestion happens when there is excessive buildup of fluid and mucus in the lungs. Symptoms of chest congestion include chest pain, coughing and breathing difficulty. It can be caused by post-nasal drip or bronchitis. If left untreated, it can lead to pneumonia.
What Can You Do At Home?
Children are not meant to take too much prescribed medications. You should help your child’s body to grow stronger to help fight the virus. Natural ways of relieving chest congestion will be a big help in making him or her feel better without the side effects of medicine.
A very effective remedy to chest congestion is drinking water and juices. This is the time to really force your child to drink as much fluids as possible. Fluids helps thin out and break the mucus in the lungs, which will help in breathing easier. If there is soreness in the chest and throat, drinking hot tea will soothe the soreness.
Another effective way to relieve chest congestion is through inhaling steam. There are various ways to create steam like boiling hot water, a steamer or simply running a hot shower in the bathroom. Breathe in the steam and exhale. The steam helps in breaking up mucus. You may want to add some eucalyptus oil in the boiling water for added relief.
When sleeping at night, it is best to position your child’s body with the back propped up with the help of pillows. Lying flat on the back will just aggravate the breathing. Applying vapor rub on your child’s chest before sleeping can relieve congestion too.
Learn more about chest congestion at the National Institutes of Health