Young children are usually much more likely to suffer from colds than adults. This is primarily due to the fact that in children the protective system is still at the stage of formation, and, therefore, it cannot withstand external influence. Typically, a cold includes a cough, sore throat and nose, and a runny nose. Obstruction of air in the nose can cause many other unpleasant consequences. For this reason, most moms and dads seek as quickly as possible to eliminate shortness of breath in a child in order to save him from real torment.
Properties of aloe
Aloe is one of the effective means of alternative medicine. The second name of this plant is agave. It is worth noting that aloe has long been used for medicinal purposes. In addition, today it is used even in cosmetology. To date, more than three hundred species of aloe have already been discovered. Various types of this plant are successfully used in the treatment of nasal congestion in both the older generation and children.
Aloe has a unique composition. It contains:
- amino acids;
- vitamin complexes;
- useful enzymes and minerals.
The main advantage of agave in comparison with other plants used in medicine - is the presence in the composition of the necessary human body vitamin B12. Aloe juice is incredibly useful because it can eliminate inflammation in the body, heal various wounds and injuries, and also eliminate pathogenic microorganisms. Moreover, aloe promotes the regeneration of lost and damaged tissues and cells, as well as helps to cleanse toxic substances.
When the nasal passages are blocked, the agave effectively helps to remove the edema. After aloe penetrates the patient's blood, its components proceed to purify the blood from the effects of the activity of harmful microorganisms. Such exposure significantly helps the immune system to overcome the pathology, and to do it as quickly as possible. The positive effect of the action of aloe is not only to release the airways and restore breathing through the nose, but also to eliminate the factors of the disease.
Can agave be used in pediatric therapy?
Before embarking on medical procedures with the addition of agave juice, it is necessary to know the following data:
- Agar juice in children may be used less frequently than in adults.
- Agar juice is not always able to really help get rid of congestion in children.
- The recipes with the addition of agave, which can be used in pediatric therapy, are significantly fewer than those for adults.
- Treatment of colds with the addition of agave juice in children can be somewhat dangerous for the child, since aloe can cause allergic manifestations or even burns to the mucous membranes and the appearance of ulcers on it.
- It is forbidden to use agave juice with oil in the treatment of colds. Oil in such situations is used solely to soften and remove crusts that form on the mucous membrane. If there are similar crusts in the nose, aloe sap is still to be discarded, as it will not be able to penetrate the dried mucus. But the oil is great to help soften the crusts and release the nasal passages. If the crusts in the nose is not observed, you can use aloe juice. That's just the oil in this case it is better to refuse, because it can cause a congestion.
- You can not use aloe juice with honey. Some recipes on the Internet contain honey, however, it is worth remembering that this product is a real feed for pathogenic bacteria. If the juice of the agave is dripped along with the honey, there will be no effect from the medicine, as honey promotes more rapid reproduction of bacteria. After using such a mixture, other catarrhal diseases can appear, for example, otitis, sinusitis, rhinitis and other illnesses.
Before starting child therapy with agave juice, it is best to visit a specialist. The pediatrician will be able to assess whether there is a need to use the juice of the agave, and what harm the medicine can cause to the child.
It should be borne in mind that in newborns the mucous membrane in the nose is especially sensitive. Therefore, the child can be burned if even diluted plant juice is used. On the Internet you can find recipes that recommend a harmless dosage of aloe juice. For example, many popular recipes recommend using no more than three drops of juice, diluted with one tablespoon of water. Such a mixture will not harm the baby, however, and will not bring any benefit. For this reason, babies are better not to bury aloe.
Especially valuable is the use of agave when there is thick mucus in the nose, possibly even with inclusions of pus. These symptoms are characteristic of bacterial infections, which are effectively combated by the enzymes that are part of the agave.
If the baby’s mucus is not thick, but rather like water, it is better not to treat the nose with agave juice. It is worth noting that only a small part of the pathology is combined with rhinitis, so it is not always possible to apply aloe.
It is important to follow the recommendations in agave therapy. Before the first procedure, you should check the presence of allergic manifestations in the child. To do this, apply a small amount of the substance on the skin under the nose and leave for about half an hour. If the baby has red spots, you can not use aloe. In addition, the use of agave should be discontinued in the case when side effects have appeared after the application of the agent.
How to bury agave?
Before making an agave juice or a medicine based on it, it is necessary to choose the right plant and squeeze the juice out of it, following some rules:
- The first thing you need to pick up the plant itself. Effective impact agave can be obtained only if the plant for at least three years. It is at this age that the plant accumulates useful properties. In general, such a plant can be very useful, because today it is actively used in cosmetology.
- To squeeze the juice, it is best to pick the most fleshy leaves. Such parts are usually located closer to the bottom of the plant. It is necessary to choose such leaves, and then cut them right under the root.
- Before squeezing the juice, it is necessary to hold the leaves of the plant at a low temperature during the night or day. For greater convenience, you can cut them in the evening and at night leave them in the cold.
- Chilled leaves should be carefully cut lengthwise, and then squeezed juice from them. Or you can do it differently: finely chop the leaves, then put the pieces into gauze and squeeze the juice out of them. You can also use a blender for this purpose, which will be more convenient.
- The resulting juice should be stored no more than a day. It is best to place it in a clean glass container, preferably a dark color.
Small children a little older than a year must bury the agave, which is necessarily diluted with water. At the same time you need to add water in two times more than juice. The resulting mixture can be used up to 5 drops. After instillation of the medication should massage the wings of the nostrils with your fingertips. Repeat this massage should be up until the mucus is completely gone.
What does Dr. Komarovsky recommend?
According to the expert, the use of unconventional methods in the treatment of nasal congestion in children is only in cases where traditional medicines do not bring the desired effect. However, before applying aloe, Dr. Komarovsky advises to visit a pediatrician. In addition, the country's most famous doctor recommends combining therapy with aloe juice with the following actions:
- Regular airing of the room in which the child is constantly.
- Preparing the room in which the baby is sleeping. It should be dry and clean.
- Irrigation of the nasal passages with saline.
- Providing plenty of drink to the kid.
- Preliminary cleansing of the nose with saline or aspirator.
It should also be remembered that aloe juice has the property not only to relieve inflammation, but also slightly dry the mucous membrane.