Ask Dr Mathai

My son is 4 years old - he snores at night. He also has persistent cold and cough problem. Please suggest ways to tackle this?

One snores when there is blockage in the air passage while breathing. It can be because of a respiratory infection, stuffy nose, an allergy or due to adenoids (nasopharyngeal tonsil). Snoring could also be a result of sinus congestion or deviated nasal septum. Here are some remedies that may help your child:

Ayurveda

Look for ginseng as the main ingredient in your herbal capsules - it increases immunity.*

Ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha, shatavari, guduchi, gokshura, aamlaki and shilajit also help. These are available in capsule form at ayurvedic medicine stores. However, it's best to take your child for a professional check-up to begin with. Naturopathy For long-term relief, you can, over time, teach your child jalaneti (yogic nose washing technique), which he should practise every day under your supervision.

Steam inhalation with tulsi (basil) and pudina (mint) leaves at night, before going to bed, also help open up the air passage and ease breathing.

Homeopathy

Boost his overall immunity with long-term homeopathic care. This will help reduce incidents and intensity of colds, cough and allergies. Try Bryonia 200 - three pills four times a day for quick relief.


Dr Issac Mathai, medical director of SOUKYA International Holistic Health Centre, Bengaluru, is a worldrenowned holistic physician.


Reproduced From Good Housekeeping. © 2013. LMIL. All rights reserved.

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