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Question About Oil Pulling for 8 Year Old

Posted by R. on 06/24/2008

Dear Ted, I'm curious about oil pulling for my 8 year old. She has literally suffered for months with very little relief from excessive nasal mucous. We tried the saline nasal rinse, which was too extreme for her. She gagged and threw up,which I understand adults can handle realizing the outcome. Maybe swishing for 15 minutes is too much to ask for a child. I am more comfortable with homeopathic and natural methods but I know children are impatient, especially when ill. I thank you for feedback.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

It's not likely a child will tolerate a nasal rinse. It's too extreme. However sometimes most nasal rinse is too strong. The concentration for nasal rinse that is least irritating that are used are actually 0.75% sea salt and if possible, 10% xylitol. A nasal swab with a 25% solution of xylitol seems more feasible, using perhaps a cotton bud or some other similar devices. The use of a mist with xylitol spraying into the air and allowing breathing seems a more gentle approach. In a mist solution, however, I prefer a 2% sea salt with 25% xylitol as a mist inhalant is one possibilities.

A gentler method I believe is alkalizing the nasal and mouth area using 1/16 or 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate and 1/16-1/8 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in 1/4 glass of water. Taken usually once or twice a day. This will cause the alkalizing effect on the mouth/nasal/esophagus area followed by adding 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in the one liter of drinking water. The added sea salt usually have a drying effect and kills off the bacteria and viruses that way reducing allergies. Also some fish oil omega 3 may reduce some allergies and is taken once every other day for about a week or two. Vitamin C sodium ascorbate is also helpful as it reduces sinus problem by repairing damage sinus and also an antioxidant.

As to the oil pulling, for me 15 minutes is too long for many people. A reasonable time is 1-5 minutes is more than sufficient to remove toxins, especially heavy metals. I don't follow other people's oil pulling of 30 minutes since I have found shorter times to work sufficiently well anyway, especially heavy metals.

Replied by Ej
Sugar Hill, Ga

My 7 year old son suffered from eczema for years and I now have him oil pulling 10 minutes a day with virgin coconut oil. Within 2 weeks his rash is completely gone and it has also whiten his new teeth coming in at the bottom. He continues to do it because he sees the results.

Replied by Vitaminqueen
Lake St Louis, Mo

Regarding 8 yr old with excessive mucous, our entire family of eight has either Gluten intolerance/Celiac and Dairy intolerance (casein). I have correctly guessed that others also have it and I am suspecting your daughter could have both of these. Most likely, she is dairy intolerant. Even if you cant stand that thought, please temporarily have her abstain from all dairy with this mucous problem. Casein is the predominant protein in milk and also what glue is made of. A "friend" who knows of my situation gave me food with butter in it. I definitely have GLUE in my sinuses right now and it is miserable.