Pneumonia Home Remedy for a Toddler
With Eucalyptus & Vinegar
Both bacterial and viral infections can cause pneumonia, which can result in severe inflammation in the alveoli — the tiny air sacs in the lungs that take in oxygen. While most people recover from pneumonia with proper medical treatment, it can become life-threatening and is especially dangerous for young children. If your toddler has pneumonia, home remedies are insufficient to treat the infection, so consult your physician. Vinegar and eucalyptus can, however, be used to alleviate the symptoms of the illness and to complement medical care.
Home Remedy Efficacy
While home remedies can be highly effective at treating minor illnesses, life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia require medical intervention. Pneumonia is frequently caused by an infection
Eucalyptus has been used for decades to alleviate congestion and pain in the throat and chest, the “Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies” states. Try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a humidifier to ease coughing and congestion. Chest rubs containing eucalyptus oil can also ease the pain of pneumonia.
Vinegar is a mild antibiotic that can kill some infections, according to the “Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies.” But your toddler would have to drink large quantities of vinegar to benefit from its antibiotic properties, and this can result in stomach problems. Instead, the book “Mother’s Remedies” recommends applying warm vinegar compresses to your child’s chest. This can ease congestion. There is also anecdotal evidence that this remedy can speed up healing time, although its efficacy has not been demonstrated in scientific studies.