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Dealing With Croup And Stridor In Twin 1-year-olds


Author: Jennifer C.
Date: 05-13-2014
Views: 9,381
Word Count: 387
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 9697-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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The reason I wanted to start using essential oils was to find a way to help my babies battle croup. Out of 7 children, I have 3 who seem to be very susceptible. Lately every cold (which of course my 1-year-olds get once a month) turns into a battle with croup.

If you have never dealt with croup (especially with stridor), it is extremely scary because your sweet sleeping child (it always seems to attack during the night) suddenly starts coughing like a seal. And with stridor, which creates a loud, high-pitched whistle due to a constricted airway, you know they are not getting the air they need.

We started using essential oils just this past January, and I began researching croup. We have found that Marjoram and Thyme can halt an attack. I have a glass roll-on, filled with 5 drops of each oil and two pumps of V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, sitting on my children's dresser. I have labeled it "Croup Roll On".

Anytime I notice that they have a runny nose or hoarseness to their voice/cry, I will apply my blended oils directly on the front of their neck and on the bottoms of their feet before laying them down to sleep.

If they start to cough or have an attack, I can quickly apply it to their neck and feet and then take them outside if it is cold and begin to nurse (my twin 1-year-olds) or make a warm Thieves tea for my older son.

Here are some other things that I do if I feel an attack is possible during the night:

I put 2 drops of Thyme, 2 drops of Marjoram, and 2 drops of Myrtle in the diffuser and run it continuously throughout the night.

I will also give the children a bath with Thieves, Peace & Calming, and Myrtle, added to epsom salts.

If there is congestion in their nose, I will alternate between Lavender and Myrtle applied to their T-zone and down either side of their nose under the eyes anytime they wake during the night. (Have extra carrier oil handy if they swipe it in their eye.)

We have stayed out of the emergency room and off the steroids used to treat croup thus far due to these precious oils. I am so thankful for Young Living Essential Oils!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing — "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: stridor,breathing,cough,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: stridor,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
4.Associated topics: breathing — "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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