A sore throat, though not serious, can be painful for a child. Here are a few remedies from the age-old system of Ayurveda to keep your child comfortable and take his immunity up a notch.
By Aarthi Arun
Do you worry when your little one tosses and turns in her sleep, because of an incessant cough and sore throat? Are you hesitant to give her strong medicines for her ailment? While throat infection is a familiar condition in children and adults, and a sore throat is a common symptom of cold, many parents may prefer home remedies for throat infections.
You probably know that the common cold doesn't need any treatment; it will go away on its own in about a week or so. But, a sore throat can be painful and irritating, making your child very uncomfortable. Moreover, it can take a toll on his food intake.
Taking medicine too soon is a bad idea because it can cause unpleasant side effects and only suppress the symptoms. Another thing to worry about is drug resistance. If you offer antibiotics for every little ailment, the disease-causing organism will become resistant to that particular medicine. So, the best way to help your child is to boost his immunity naturally and keep him comfortable. And, Ayurvedic remedies are perfect for that.
According to Ayurveda, cough and cold are usually caused by some imbalance in the body.
Dr Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, Ayurveda practitioner, says, “In Ayurveda, sore throat is mentioned as a premonitory symptom of the common cold or pratishyaya. A sore throat may or may not always be associated with a runny nose, mucous discharge, dry cough or a blocked nose, followed by fever. The Ayurvedicapproach to throat infection involves calming the symptoms, and making dietary and lifestyle changes necessary to allow the tissues to heal.”
These changes can include fasting, consuming boiled vegetables, drinking warm water and avoiding oily and spicy foods. One can also go for abhyanga (an oil bath) and regular physical activity. Avoid hot water baths; instead, bathe your child in warm water.
Though a sore throat is not dangerous in most cases, sometimes it can occur due to underlying conditions like allergies, muscle strains, tumours and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Schedule an appointment with your doctor if your child is not feeling better after two weeks of trying home remedies.
With inputs from Dr Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy, Ayurveda practitioner
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