Home Remedies for Enlarged Adenoids in Children When you open your mouth wide, you will notice
two small tissue masses on either side of the back of your throat.
These are your tonsils. Just above them and further back in your throat near, the nasal
passages lay a pair of glands known as the adenoids.
Adenoids are important glands, as they help protect the body against bacterial and viral
infections. They play a key role in filtering lymphatic
fluid, and trapping germs that pass through the nose and mouth.
But like tonsils, adenoids are vulnerable to infection as they are part, of the continuously
functioning lymphatic system. If the adenoids become infected, they get
inflamed and swollen, leading to a health problem known as adenoiditis.
Most adults do not suffer from adenoiditis. In fact, the adenoids begin shrinking naturally
by age 5, and virtually disappear by the teen years. Thus, adenoiditis is a condition primarily
occurring in children. Apart from infections, allergies, a weak immune
system, tonsillitis and tangier disease can also lead to adenoiditis.
Some common symptoms of adenoiditis are a sore throat, stuffy nose, swollen neck glands,
ear pain and even an ear infection. Additional symptoms may include breathing
through the mouth, speaking with a nasal tone, difficulty or pain when swallowing, difficulty
sleeping, snoring and even sleep apnea. Proper diagnosis of the problem is important.
So, see your doctor if you suspect your child has adenoiditis.
However, before opting for a surgery or antibiotics that can come with a variety of side effects,
you can try some natural remedies to reduce the size of the adenoids.
Here are the top 5 home remedies for enlarged adenoids in children. 1. Salt Water Gargle
The best and the most effective remedy for enlarged adenoids, in children is gargling
with salt water. While the warm water has a soothing effect
on the sore throat, the salt helps kill the microbes that cause the infection.
Also, the salt will help relieve pain and bring down the swelling. 2. Cod Liver Oil
It contains several nutrients including selenium, that support effective lymphatic flow. Also,
the essential fats in the oil help reduce inflammation, thus helping to shrink the adenoids.
You can give about 1 teaspoon of it to your child (age 1 years or more) daily. 3. Garlic
The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic have strong antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory
properties that can help deal with enlarged adenoids.
For treating enlarged adenoids, garlic should be consumed raw.
• Give your child 1 to 2 smashed garlic cloves mixed with a little lemon juice and
honey, 2 or 3 times a day. • If your child is a fan of salad or pasta,
you can also mix a healthy amount of garlic into those dishes. 4. Ginger
Ginger is another effective remedy for treating respiratory infections, in both children and
adults, thanks to its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. 5. Honey
When taken daily, honey helps heal enlarged adenoids very quickly.
Honey is an effective anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial agent, which can help reduce
the symptoms as well as fight the cause of the problem.
Do not give honey to children less than 1 years of age.