Sniffles, Coughs, and Runny Nose

The Blessing is sick. She has been sick for weeks. She has the same cold that took the rest of us three days to beat, but she just can’t beat it. I know she feels miserable, but she smiles through it all.

IMGP2248I like to do things as naturally and gently as possible and so I have scoured the internet looking for ways of helping her little body battle this nasty bug. Currently she is exclusively breast fed, so I upped my intake of vitamin C, elderberry syrup, and zinc, but I wanted to do something for her more directly. So, I am starting with essential oils. I found a helpful page on using essential oils specifically for children with Down syndrome (Heritage Essential Oils) and zeroed in on the page concerning congestion. Up to this point, I have not used essential oils and now have to learn how.

Now, at every diaper change I get out the Lung Healing oil (that I mixed into coconut oil), and I give her a nice foot massage. A tiny drop of Myrtle in each nostril, and then a spritz of Respiratory relief in the air above her face finishes off the “treatment”. We are on day two, but already she seems to be getting better – her coughing is more productive and her nose isn’t running quite so much.

IMGP2243Because The Blessing has Down syndrome, her immune system isn’t as strong as the other kids’, and with smaller nasal passages and lower muscle tone, nasal congestion is something that I really need know how to defeat naturally through strengthening and supporting her immune response.

IMGP2252I don’t mean for this to sound like an advertisement for the oils that I am using. I am not getting compensated in any way for writing this. I am writing because it is hard to find natural cures and treatments online for my daughter. Most forums, information, and recommendations on the internet are very allopathic. So, I want to spread the word that if your child with Down syndrome has a bad cold, there is something you could try before reaching for the Benadryl or rushing to the doctor’s office.Β 





3 thoughts on “Sniffles, Coughs, and Runny Nose

  1. My DD (with DS) has congested winters too. Last year I used more calpol/nurofen on her than I was happy with to try and dry it up. This year we are just using Vicks on her feet and chest and when I go to bed I drip some Olbas Oil on her sleeping bag to help her breathing. Definitely want to find a better, natural solution that will help ease her breathing and stop the chesty cough that she has. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much for this! My little guy with Ds is going through the exact same thing right now! I have been looking for ways to support him through beating this latest bug and just yesterday I was wondering if there was an alternative medicine website for Down syndrome kids…and here you have it! I got a hold of some essential oils I am going to try. And I also have been giving daily massages with garlic oil. It really seems to help and he smells delicious too πŸ™‚

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