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|Home Remedies for Whooping Cough. (Cough with a Whooping Sound)
Whooping cough or pertussis, as it is called in medical parlance, is an infectious disease. It commonly affects infants during the
first year of life, and children upto five years of age. In some cases children upto twelve years may also be affected. The
disease can cause serious complications in the lungs.
The child develops a cold with a marked cough which becomes more severe and spasmodic after a few days. At the end of this
spasm, the child gives a characteristic whoop. As the paroxysms of coughing increase, the disease becomes less infective.
Vomiting, which is frequent, may lead to the bursting of small blood vessels in the nose or the conjunctiva of the eyes. The
disease may last for several weeks.
|The serious complications of whooping cough are broncho-pneumonia and infection of the middle ear. Convulsions may also
occur in severe cases.
Whooping cough is caused by the micro organisms Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis. Of these, die first one
gives rise to more severe infections. The disease is very infectious and spreads by droplet spray.
Home Remedies for Whooping Cough using Garlic
Garlic is one of the most effective remedies for whooping cough. The syrup of garlic should be given in doses of five drops to a
teaspoon, two or three times a day, for treating this condition. It should be given more often if the coughing spells ate frequent
Home Remedies for Whooping Cough using Ginger:
Ginger is another effective remedy for whooping cough. A teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, mixed with a cup of fenugreek
decoction and honey to taste, is an excellent diaphoretic. The fenugreek decoction can be made by boiling one teaspoon of
seeds in 250 ml of water till it is reduced to half.
Home Remedies for Whooping Cough with Radish:
A syrup prepared by mixing a teaspoon of fresh radish juice with an equal quantity of honey and a little rock salt, is beneficial
in the treatment of this disease. It should be given thrice daily.
Almond Oil: Almond oil is valuable in whooping cough. Five drops of almond oil should be mixed with ten drops each of fresh
white onion juice and ginger juice, and taken thrice daily for a fortnight It will provide relief.
Whooping Cough Home Remedies with Calamus:
The herb calamus is another valuable remedy for whooping cough. A pinch of the powder of the roasted herb should be given
with a teaspoon of honey. Being antispasmodic, it prevents severe bouts of coughing. For smaller children, the dose must be
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