Chest Infection in Children: Treatment for Severe Chest Infection

Question: My son is 8 years old and was told this week he has a chest infection. He is now on antibiotics for the 2 day. He still coughs a lot- however at night I put the humidifier in the room and he does not cough – sleeps through the night- I discovered a little dry blood on the pillow is this concern – or do you think it is from his throat which is probably agitated from coughing?

Answer: How long has he been presenting with this complain? What is the type of the phlegm? Has he lost weight in recent time? Has he lost his appetite?

Severe Chest Infection in Children

There is a strong possibility that the blood, is due to the irritation of the throat.

However, it is important that you understand that it could be a major problem like tuberculosis. Please get your child examined thoroughly. Some natural remedies for chest infection in children are:

Chest Infection in Children Treatment

  • If the cough persists, please get a sputum test done for Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB)
  • Get a simple X-ray of the chest done to rule out causes other than throat infection.
  • Ensure that the child’s diet is rich in proteins. Include milk, eggs, soy and green vegetables in his diet. These products are high in proteins and iron and will enhance his immunity to future infections.
  • Include fresh fruits and vegetables in his diet to treat severe chest infection in children. Avoid junk food and aerated drinks.
  • Avoid chilled food or water. This is to avoid recurrent upper respiratory tract infections.
  • Also ensure that there is adequate ventilation in the room. A closed and humid room can cause recurrent upper respiratory tract infections which may precipitate to cause lower respiratory tract infections like tuberculosis.

2 thoughts on “Chest Infection in Children: Treatment for Severe Chest Infection

  • February 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    My daughter is suffering from severe chest congestion. She is eight years old. What should I do? Are there any home remedies for the cure?

    • February 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Common cold and bronchitis are the most common causes of chest congestion in children. The child coughs, has breathing difficulty, has wheezing, running nose, etc. There is excessive secretion of mucus from upper and lower respiratory tract. Warm water is beneficial as it loosens the phlegm. Your child should have sufficient liquid to prevent dehydration. Warm soups or fruit juices made from fresh foods help as it contains necessary vitamins and minerals to boost immune system of the child. Honey and lemon juice is an effective remedy. Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water. Let the child drink as much as he can. The rest of it can be stored for later use during the day. Inhaling steam is also beneficial to loosen the mucus.


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