ABOUT CHEST INFECTION
A chest infection affects the lungs, either in the larger airways (bronchitis) or in the smaller air sacs (pneumonia). It is slightly worse than a heavy cold and is extremely common – affecting about a third of babies in their first year. The infection itself may last just five to seven days, but the symptoms can last much longer. Young children are more at risk of Pneumonia.
Pneumonia is an inflammation in the gas-exchanging air sacs (alveoli) in the lung caused by various bugs, including viruses and bacteria. The most common bacteria affecting children is streptococcus pneumonia. Pneumonia comes on suddenly, often following a viral infection such as a cold. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, breathlessness and sometimes pleurisy – a sharp chest pain on breathing in.
Bronchiolitis is a common illness of the respiratory tract caused by an infection that affects the tiny airways, called the bronchioles, that lead to the lungs. As these airways become inflamed, they swell and fill with mucus, which can make breathing difficult. Bronchiolitis most often affects infants and young children because their small airways can become blocked more easily than those of older kids or adults. This typically occurs during the first 2 years of life, with peak occurrence at about 3 to 6 months of age. Although it’s often a mild illness, some infants are at risk of a more severe disease that requires hospitalization.
The early symptoms of bronchiolitis are similar to those of a common cold. The first symptom is usually a blocked or runny nose and your child may also have a slight cough or fever. Symptoms usually get worse during the first three days, then gradually improve. During this time, your child may experience:
- A rasping and persistent dry cough
- Rapid or noisy breathing
- Brief pauses in their breathing
- Feeding less and having fewer wet nappies
- Vomiting after feeding
- Being irritable
HOW THE SALT CLINIC CAN HELP
Our mission is to help your children, and focus on the source of the problem rather than just suppressing the symptoms , which is what medication usually does.
To get a better understanding of how salt can help with different chest infections, first of all we need to know what kind of properties salt has.
- It kills bacteria (the salt dries out all the germs and bacteria in your respiratory system)
- It is Anti-Inflammatory (Based on clinical studies the dry, saline-diffused air reduces inflammation in the whole respiratory tract)
- It has Mucolytic effects (loosens excessive mucus, speeds the elimination of toxins)
- Removes pathogen agents (airborne pollen)
- Strengthens the immune system and restores energy levels
- It reduces IgE levels (the immune system won’t over-react to asthma/allergy triggers)
As a result of Salt Therapy, inflammation and mast cell response within the bronchi, bronchioles and aveoli reduces, so the quality and function of breathing improves.
This leads to the balancing of other bodily systems, due to increased oxygen availability. Thanks to the desensitisation of the immune response, sleep patterns will improve and acute attacks and the need for medication will substantially decrease. This means the child will have more energy to play or exercise and become stronger and more resilient to every day infections.