By Helena Crouse – excerpted from Vitalise magazine
Believe it or not, but mucus is good. Yes, sniffles and snot are signs that your little one’s body is functioning correctly and activating its healing ability. The tissues, tantrums and tears might be difficult to swallow, but it’s a vital part of body function. However, excessive mucus is an excellent medium for organism growth which may lead to infection if left untreated.
Mucous membranes act as “internal skin” and line all hollow organs and passages. When irritated by foreign or allergic substances, the membranes produce mucus to capture the “invaders” and help work them out of the body via sneezing or a running nose. Mucous build-up most commonly affects the throat, nasal passages and lungs.
Apart from environmental factors like pollen, dust, cigarette smoke, etc., mucous production is also promoted by food. Common food allergens that stimulate mucus production include dairy, wheat, soy, corn, potatoes, cabbage, bananas, food additives and preservatives. Avoid if intake worsens symptoms.
• Clear – Often related to bouts of allergy and mostly accompanied by sneezing. Your little one’s nose will become red and painful as a result of all the wiping required.
• White to gray – Clogs the upper airways and may lead to bouts of croup or bronchitis. This mucus is also thick and sluggish and accompanied by a tendency towards sinus congestion.
• Yellow – Also sticky or slimy and generally accompanied by skin rashes and eczema.
• Green –.Usually caused by persistent and recurrent mucus build-up. Lumpy and considered to indicate infection.
Did you know?
White blood cells colour mucus. When fighting an “invader”, clear mucus is produced. It usually thickens and turns yellow/green as the infection progress. White blood cells are responsible for the change in colour and texture – the amount of cells present in the mucus increases as the infection develops.
Sister Lilian shares soothing tips:
• Breast-feed as long as possible and reduce dairy and grain in own diet if breast-feeding.
• Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to baby’s warm bathwater. Vapours will help disinfect and open airways.
• Avoid grain products, bottled baby foods, processed foods and colourants in a little one’s diet. Rather give home-cooked fresh vegetables or organic baby food.
We have the perfect remedy up our sleeve for mucus! Wave goodbye to your little one’s stuffy nose and congested cough. Sister Lilian MucoCare is a homeopathic remedy that helps manage all mucus types effectively and supports the healthy functioning of the upper respiratory tract.
This Article was previously published in Vitalise Magazine.