After my eldest daughter had pneumonia twice at a sufficiently tender age, I actively began to wonder how to avoid it later, and how I can help my child if he nevertheless begins to cough. Here are the conclusions I made for myself.
The cause of cough lies in the structure of our airways, and physical activity stimulates their work, increases the volume of the lungs, respectively, and miraculously improves their ventilation.
Therefore, train the lungs of your children – teach them to take deep long breaths and strong exhalations. My girls and I, for example, amicably using soap bubbles, balloons, a whistle, blowing out candles, blowing on water, or simply blowing pads into a toy pipe.
Need to do something.
And already at the first signs of bronchitis, light strokes should be started on the small chest. If the body temperature is not elevated, you can use a warming ointment and gently rub the little breast with the bones of your fingers.
Different kinds of tapping on the back of the child help the lungs get rid of mucus. To do this, for example, you need to fold your hands with a boat so that you get such an air gap between your palm and the back of the crumbs, and then using a light tapping to achieve a characteristic ringing sound.
At the same time ask the child to pomukat like a cow. He will surely enjoy such an interesting change in sound, and he will certainly perceive such exercises as a fun game.
Taken to the massage.
With a strong enough cough, you can also perform massage: the baby should be put face down so that the head hangs a little – it can be on the bed or on the table (as the masseuse showed me, who came to us and followed the course of massage to the daughter after discharge from the hospital).
The upper back should be rubbed with the edges of the palms to a slight redness in the direction of the neck. If the baby starts to cough, then you are on the right track.
And most importantly, remember: moderate exercise and proper nutrition will properly prepare your child for the cold. And you should always adhere to these rules, and not just on the eve of winter.