The most common respiratory tract infection of children is common cold. There are at least 200 highly contagious viruses that can cause common cold. Children are more susceptible to colds than adult because they have not yet developed immunity to the most common viruses and also because viruses spread very quickly in communities such as nurseries and schools. Frequent sneezing, Running nose, Mild fever, Headache, Sore throat are the symptoms. The O.T.C drugs, antibodies and Vit -C are ineffective against common cold.
Recurrent episodes of Tonsillitis and enlarged adenoids are common complaints of children under the age of 7. Because of these the child misses school regularly. The Tonsils and adenoids are Lymphatic tissue that form part of body defenses against infection. The adenoids which are located at the back of the nasal cavity .The enlargement may lead to difficulties with breathing, speech and snouring.
Recurrent tonsillitis may be caused either by viruses or bacteria. Tonsillitis sometimes runs in families, suggesting that genetic factor may also be involved.
Homoeopaths do not recommend Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy. There are very effective remedies in homoeopathy for curing and preventing Tonsillitis. Enlarged adenoids can be reduced with homoeopathic treatment.
BRONCHIAL ASTHMA IN CHILDREN
Attack of breathlessness, coughing and wheezing in children due to reversible narrowing of the airways is known as Asthma.
In children with asthma, the airways in the lungs tend to narrow temporarily. Narrowing occurs when the lining of the airways become swollen and inflamed and produce excess mucus, which may block the smaller airways.
Asthma affects about 1 in 7 children and is now the most common chronic respiratory disease in children. The number of children with asthma has risen greatly in recent years. The reason for this increase is unknown, but allergy and other environmental factors may be the reason.
Asthma attacks are common cause of absence from school and admission to the hospital. However, between the attack, children shall be perfectly alright. Severe attacks of asthma are distressing for both children and their parents.
Asthma is more likely to develop in children with a family history of the condition suggesting that a genetic factor may be involved. Premature birth may also increase the risk of developing asthma.
In children under age of 5 attacks of asthma are usually triggered by a viral infection such as common cold. In children above 12, asthma attacks are often caused by an allergic reaction to substances such as pollen, mold, dust mites and the fur or dander from animals. Exercise especially in cold, dry air may trigger asthma attack. Certain foods such as egg, milk, nuts, mussels provoke asthma. Emotional stress may make the attacks more severe.
SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA
Symptoms vary in severity from day to day and week to week and with the age of the child. They appear rapidly and may persist for a few hours or longer.
Children with asthma are also predisposed to the allergic disorders-Eczema and Allergic Rhinitis. In some children eczema and asthma may occur alternately. Left untreated, severe asthma may impair a child’s growth and development.
SCOPE OF HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT
Children’s asthma is curable; Homoeopathic miasmatic and constitutional treatment is highly necessary to get a complete cure. About 250 drugs are used in homoeopathy to treat Asthma.
HOMOEOPATHY IS THE ONLY SYSTEM OF MEDICINE TO GET A COMPLETE CURE FROM BRONCHIAL ASTHMA IN CHILDREN.
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