Safe, effective home remedies for tonsillitis in children

Does your child have infected tonsils? Are you fed up of the numerous visits to the doctor to bring her relief from throat pain? Try these natural ways to prevent and soothe an infected throat

By Kavitha Ravi

Safe, effective home remedies for tonsillitis in children

Children, especially the younger ones, are prone to a number of infectious diseases. This almost magnetic attraction to infection can be attributed to the fact that children don't possess a fully developed immune system. Some of the most common ailments that plague them are tonsillitis, sore throat, ear infection, gastroenteritis and the flu.

Tonsillitis remains one of the most painful and bothersome illnesses among preschoolers. Tonsils are two masses of lymphoid tissues, which are located at the back of the throat on both sides. They are supposed to prevent infections coming in through the mouth caused by bacteria and viruses. When the tonsils themselves become infected, tonsillitis occurs.

Symptoms of this disease

● Coughing

● Difficulty in swallowing

● Fever

● Chills

● Sore throat

● Tenderness in the jaw and neck

● Ear ache

● Headache

Diagnosing tonsillitis

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.

Treating a serious inflammation

One of the most well-known methods to cure tonsillitis is through a procedure known as tonsillectomy where the tonsils is removed. This is only done when the symptoms of tonsillitis keep recurring, when your child has trouble swallowing and difficulty in breathing.

Preventing an infection

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.

Here are 6 home remedies for tonsillitis.

Gargling with salt water

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

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.

Lemon

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

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

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

Make a drink by mixing warm milk, fried carom seeds and a pinch of turmeric. This drink helps build immunity in children.