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Infants And Respiratory Illness


Author: Penny S.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 04-12-2006
Views: 6,263
Word Count: 229
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 1321-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 6

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My daughter was 6 months old and had a terrible respiratory infection and as any good mother, who is also an RN, I took her to the pediatrician. As you would expect, he ordered an antibiotic. I gave her the full dose of amoxicillin as prescribed and she still was not improved. I waited a about a week thinking she would be ok and she continued to be sick. I scheduled another appointment with the pediatrician, and as you would expect, he ordered a different antibiotic. In all honesty, she got worse instead of better. The third trip to the pediatrician office resulted in the doctor wanting to prescribe steroids for my now 7 month old baby. As a holistic nurse, I understood the potential negative side effects and decided I could not do that to her.

I left the office crying, with a sick baby and the pediatrician yelling at me about how I needed to pursue the prescribed treatment for her new diagnosis, asthma. I did not believe she had asthma, she just was not responding to the prior antibiotics.

I contacted a nurse in my community that taught aromatherapy as a last ditch hope. Within 5 days of using essential oils, I had a new baby. She could breathe, nurse as usual, and was well.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing,lungs-/-pulmonary,colds — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: breathing,lungs-/-pulmonary,colds,croup — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: colds — "Taken together, we found an essential oil blend [Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary] notably attenuates influenza virus PR8 infection in vitro via inhibition of viral protein synthesis at the post-transcription level. The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."Link
4.Associated topics: respiratory-syncytial-virus-(RSV),croup — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
5.Associated topics: congestion-/-mucus-/-phlegm — "The result for the primary end point was validated by the amelioration of the following secondary end points: headache on bending, frontal headache, sensitivity of pressure points of trigeminal nerve, impairment of general condition, nasal obstruction, and rhinological secretion.... In patients with acute nonpurulent rhinosinusitis, timely treatment with cineole [a.k.a. eucalyptol... found in eucalyptus, camphor laurel, laurus nobilis, tea tree, mugwort, basil, wormwood, rosemary, sage, and cannabis] is effective and safe before antibiotics are indicated."Link
6.Associated topics: breathing,lungs-/-pulmonary,respiratory-syncytial-virus-(RSV) — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link

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