Adenoids and Croup in Child

Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2007

Hello Ted, I have a 3 year old son. He is very active and was fine and healthy up until he was 18 months old. When he was 18 months old, he developed a really bad case of croup virus. He started with a really bad barking cough so we took him to the doctors. She said it is a virus and will cure by itself. Then he developed really high fevers and trouble breathing, vomitting. 2 days later we had to take him to the emergency room because he was turning blue. His eyes also had green mucus coming out of them. He had not kept any food or drink down for 2 days. When we took him to the emergency they gave him some medicine to inhale through oxygen mask and said he also had infection in both ears. Ever since then, even if he gets a little cold or virus, his aednoids get swollen shut and he cannot breathe through his nose, and his tonsils also become big. He develops sleep apnea and keeps turning blue every couple of seconds because he can't breathe through his nose and keeps waking up. He can't sleep properly, and when he tries to breathe through his mouth his throat gets very dry and he starts coughing and vomiting a lot. Within 2 days he looses a lot of wieght and turns very pale. He is 3 and still doesn't talk properly. Only says some words, does not say sentences. It is affecting his growth and his body goes through a lot of stress whenever he gets sick. I have 2 older kids who go to school and when ever they get some virus from school, my 3 year old also gets it from them and then this whole thing starts with aednoids and breathing problems and so on. I worry very much about him and the specialist has said he needs surgery to remove his aednoids and tonsils. In the beginning I did not want him to go through surgery but now i am thinking I should get it done for him, because he has to go through so much pain all the time when ever he gets some virus or cold. I am pregnant with another child and am worried how I will take care of new baby when my 3 year old is so sick, and it is also very tiring for me to be awake so many nights. It has caused me to become a high risk pregnancy. Please can you tell me some thing to cure aednoids problem because I have researched a lot and am unable to find anything for aednoids. I did try homeopathic and it helped a little in the begining but now that does not work on him either. My husband says we should get his surgery done by next month, so I have come to you for help, to see if there is something besides surgery, that just might work. please when you tell me the things to use, could you also tell me where to get them, because some of the things you have mentioned on the site I have never heard of before. I will be waiting for your reply. God bless you for all the people you help. Take care. Oh and I have one question. is it ok to take acv during pregnancy

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

A common remedy of virus is licorice extract one teaspoon usually for a child but its taken twice a day. An adult dose will be one tablespoon. Certain virus sometimes get killed almost instantly (not 100%) with one drop of peppermint oil in 1/2 glass of water, well stirred. It is more helpful if 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda is added to the drinking water, of 1/2 glass with 3 drops of 3% H2O2, taken three times a day.

The body is going through acidosis and virus seems to grow. Hence, some supplement of zinc gluconate, such as 25 mg taken once every two days, based on my own experience seems to do the trick.

There are other antiviral remedies but it should be noted that my experience with people who had removal of the tonsils and other things, the first line of defense is removed and the viruses goes deeper into the body. Generally to avoid the problem, common remedies here usually do the trick. An alternative to the baking soda remedy is the following, that seems to help too:

1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, 3 drops of H2O2 slow sipping 10 cc every ten minutes, until no more. The sore throat should reduce thereafter.

Then followed a drop of peppermint in 1/2 glass of water to help with the coughing. This one need not take in its entirety and can be taken whenever there's a cough. It is the only known remedy that has helped with my coughing consistently.

A lemon juice with some water is taken to further kill the virus. Is finally taken.

The three step has helped me reduce a severe sore throat using those and if I was a child, that is the remedy I will use.

It should be noted that zinc lozenges are available. A homemade nasal spray can be made with 5% xylitol and 5% sea salt, if some people have an appropriate nasal spray. Although I tend to use an ultrasonic humidifier where I smell the fog directly. Of course, I don't know if that device is available in other countries, but I often improvise from whatever devices are there in the market.

One small thing: peppermint is antiviral and seems to help with the ear infections too, if peppermint vapors happens to reach the appropriate areas.

Adding sea salt 1 teaspoon per liter of drinking water also helps kill the virus with greater salinity buildup in the body. It helps if 10 drops of H2O2 3% is added there too, food grade of course.