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Croup_ _An_Infection_Affecting_The_Young

´╗┐Croup is an inflammation of the larynx, trachea and bronchi. It affects the voice box due to an infection of the vocal cord. In adults this disease is known as laryngitis. It obstructs the breathing which makes this disease severe. This condition should not be ignored, especially in infants as it may be very dangerous. The inflammation leads to stridor or noisy breathing, due to an obstruction in the airway, between the nose and the lungs. Sometimes the underside of the tongue also swells up. The cough sounds like the bark of a sea lion and becomes worse at night.

- Some tips to follow

Remove the triggering agents like baby formula, cow's milk from the house.

Try to eliminate dairy products like cheese, milk, ice-cream and other substances like corn, wheat and sugar.

- Home Remedies for Croup

Turn on the shower with hot water. Let the bathroom fill with warm mist. Take your child into the bathroom and let him breathe the warm steam. This helps in clearing the conjunction and allows the child to breathe.

Another method is to loosely place a warm, moist cloth on the mouth and nose of the patient. The warm fumes help in breathing. Do not overheat the cloth.

Avoid solid foods for first few days of the treatment, instead provide orange juice mixed with water in small quantities till the fever disappears.

Apply cold packs to the throat after every two hours. This solution proves to be very effective.

When the child suffocates, the best thing to do is to provide warm, moist air to restore humidity in the room. Boil some water and add few drops of eucalyptus or menthol oil to make breathing easier. With an older child let him inhale the fumes of eucalyptus oil mixed in hot water.

The child can be on an all fruit diet for few days that includes fruits such as apple, mango, pineapple, papaya, grapes, pear, peach, and melon. Thereafter he can eat a well-balanced diet containing whole grain cereals, raw or lightly-cooked vegetables or fresh fruits.

Lobelia tincture 5-10 drops mixed with 1/3 cup of warm water should be given to the child at least two times a day. Children under 1 year should have a mixture made from 5 drops.

Other herbs like Echinacea, Grindelia, and Yerba Santa in tincture form is also used. Mix 10-20 drops in water or juice to be had thrice a day. It can be given in addition to or with Lobelia.

Make a mixture of fresh onion juice, licorice root, honey and vegetable glycerin. Have one teaspoon or more according to your needs.

You can chew garlic clove as it dissolves the membranes, reduces temperature and relieves the patient. Chew 15 gms. of garlic in every three to four hour period, for a week. Once the membrane disappears, have it daily.

Roast an onion on hot ashes and extract juice from it. Drink half a teaspoon of onion juice mixed with half a teaspoon honey, thrice a day.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.


´╗┐Blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the arteries, the vessels that carry blood away from the heart. It is normal for your blood pressure to fluctuate during the day. When it stays high, you have high blood pressure, or hypertension. This increased pressure puts a strain on your heart that could lead to a heart attack. It also affects other organs in the body like the kidneys and brain. There are literally hundreds of prescription medications for treating blood pressure but certain lifestyle changes can also have beneficial effects on blood pressure.

According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, over 90% of Americans have or will have hypertension in their lifetime. When blood pressure reaches 115 over 75, the damage to the body has just begun. For every 20 over 10 increase, the damage actually doubles. According to a national survey, 70% of Americans are aware of their high blood pressure, 59% are being treated, and 34% have it under control.

Eating foods that are low in saturated fats, low in total fat, and low in cholesterol can reduce blood pressure. A well balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low fat dairy products should make up the majority of your eating plan. Be sure to ease into any change in eating regimen. Sudden changes can cause bloating and diarrhea, lessening your chance of sticking with it. The lowered pressure effect of this dietary change is often the same as taking a blood pressure medication.

Maintaining a healthy body weight reduces your chances of developing hypertension. The best way to control body weight is to eat less calories and exercise more. Proven calorie reduction techniques include eating smaller portions, using low fat or fat free products, and limiting sugar intake. Exercising just 20 to 30 minutes a few times a week can produce dramatic results. The physical activity can include anything like walking, bicycling, or gardening. Simply getting your body in motion and keeping it in motion for a period of time is all you need.

Reducing sodium in your diet is another way to keep the pressure down. The average American should consume no more than 2.4 grams of sodium per day. For someone with high blood pressure, your doctor may recommend 1.5 grams or less of sodium. Processed and pre-packed foods usually contain a high amount of sodium. After a high sodium meal, many people have a bloated feeling due to excess water retention. This extra volume increases the blood pressure. Salt substitutes are available but be sure to check with your doctor before using any of them. Most contain potassium which reacts with certain medications.

Drinking an excess amount of alcohol can raise your blood pressure. It also harms the liver, brain, and heart. Alcohol is also high in calories, which can that lead to weight gain. If you drink, be sure to have a moderate amount. This is defined as one drink a day for women and two drink a day for men.

None of these lifestyle changes will work unless you stay on them. Americans must change how we view blood pressure. This disease is much more prevalent than previously thought. The sooner action is taken, the better.

An excellent resource for blood pressure reduction techniques is found at the National Institute for Health website at this site