Home Remedies For Tonsillitis In Children
Is your child suffering from tonsillitis? Stop those frequent visits to the doctor to bring some relief to your kid’s pain. Instead, try some effective home remedies for tonsils that will help a lot.
By Kavitha Ravi • 8 min read
Young children are prone to several infectious diseases. This can be attributed to the fact that children don't possess a fully developed immune system. Some of the common ailments that plague children are sore throat, ear infection, gastroenteritis, flu and tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis is one of the most painful and bothersome condition among children. Fortunately, there are quite a few effective home remedies for tonsillitis in children.
Let’s look at the symptoms of tonsillitis in children, how to prevent tonsillitis and home remedies for tonsillitis in children.
Symptoms of tonsillitis in children
● Difficulty in swallowing
● Sore throat
● Tenderness in the jaw and neck
● Ear ache
You can also diagnose this illness at home. Ask your child to stick his tongue out and shine a torch on the back of his throat. If the tonsils look red and inflamed, then it is time to take your child to the doctor.
Preventing tonsillitis in kids
You can prevent a tonsillitis infection by ensuring that your child’s hands are clean. Encourage your child to sip on warm water throughout the day if she is prone to throat infection. Warm, nutritious food also plays a role in keeping infection at bay.
Tonsillitis treatment for children at home
While there are medications in modern medicine to treat tonsillitis, home remedies have been used for generations to address the problem. Warm tea, salt water gargles and few herbs used by Indians in the kitchen have proved effective in getting rid of the problem. Here are 6 effective home remedies for tonsillitis.
Gargling with salt water for tonsillitis
Mix one teaspoon of salt with lukewarm water. Teach your child to gargle with this concoction to soothe throat pain. Warm water is known to get rid of the virus which causes the infection. Salt will soothe the inflammation of the throat. Make sure your child spits the water out after gargling. Gargling is an excellent way to prevent throat infection. It can be practised regularly during the monsoon and winter seasons.
Turmeric for tonsillitis
This common spice can battle almost any illness. It has strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect choice to combat tonsillitis. Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric with warm water and gargle. You can also make a drink out of 2 pinches of turmeric, ¼ teaspoon powdered black pepper and half a teaspoon of palm sugar in a glass of warm milk. Give this drink to your child before they go to bed. The milk will make her sleep better and the turmeric will take care of the infection.
Also read: Health Benefits Of Turmeric Milk For Kids
Lemon for tonsillitis
Foods high in vitamin C are known to fight sore throat and cold. There is no better source for it then lemons. Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with half a teaspoon of honey in warm water. Get your child to drink this mixture regularly to boost immunity and prevent tonsillitis infection.
Basil for tonsillitis
Basil is a herb that can cure almost any infection under the sun with its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Boil some basil leaves for about 10 minutes in water. Strain this and mix with lemon juice. Give it to your child about thrice a a day for relief.
Cinnamon for tonsillitis
Another great ingredient to cure tonsillitis comes from the kitchen and that is cinnamon. Mix a pinch of cinnamon with warm water. Add some honey to sweeten it, if required. Get your child to drink this mixture 3 times a day for about a week to see relief.
Carom seeds for tonsillitis
Make a drink by mixing warm milk, fried carom seeds and a pinch of turmeric. This drink helps build immunity in children.
Fenugreek for tonsillitis
Boil 2 tablespoons of fenugreek in 3 cups of water. Let the water simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the water and let it cool. Make your child gargle with this water for 30 seconds twice daily.
Warm tea and honey
Sipping warm tea with honey can soothe the tonsils and provide comfort. Note: Children aged less than 1 year should not be given honey.
Boil 10-15 mint leaves in 2 glasses of water for 10 minutes. Allow the water to cool. Your child should gargle with this water 2-3 times a day. This provides quick relief from tonsillitis.
Mix 1 teaspoon of mustard powder in 1 glass of warm water. Ask your child to gargle with this mixture at least 2–3 times a day.
Ginger and honey
Boil a 1/2-inch piece of ginger in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Allow the water to cool. Add a spoon of honey and ask your child to drink it. He can have it 2–3 times a day. Note: Children aged less than 1 year should not be given honey.
When to see a doctor
In most cases, tonsillitis is caused by virus. But, at times, bacteria like streptococcus may also cause infection of the tonsils. Visit a doctor if your child:
- Has trouble breathing with increase in snoring
- Has difficulty swallowing saliva
- Refuses to drink fluids
- Complains of neck stiffness and/or jaw tightness
- Has severe headache
- Appears pale and sleepy
Most children with tonsillitis get well with home remedies, rest and plenty of fluids. However, some of them may require care by a child specialist. If you feel worried about your child’s condition, consult a paediatrician as early as possible.
Also read: Tackling Respiratory Infections in children
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Written by Kavitha Ravi on 30 July 2017. Last updated on 16 April 2020.
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