Large adenoids may have a genetic component, but they are commonly enlarged because of infection and inflammation. While surgery is a common procedure for children with enlarged adenoids, natural remedies like coconut oil, colloidal silver, garlic and vitamin C may be quite effective in reducing the inflammation in the adenoids and helping a child to avoid surgery.
Home Remedies to Heal Adenoids and Avoid Surgery
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory food. Daily use of coconut oil can reduce the inflammation in the adenoids and kill any lingering infection in them. 1 teaspoon can be taken by a child 1-3 times a day.
2. Colloidal Silver
For children that are old enough to gargle, 2 teaspoons of colloidal silver can be gargled to get colloidal silver in contact with the adenoids to kill infection. Alternatively colloidal silver can be nebulized to get colloidal silver into the back of the nasal cavity. This video will provide more information about getting colloidal silver into the nasal cavity and lungs.
3. Liposomal Vitamin C
Vitamin C supports the immune system, fights infection and reduces inflammation. Liposomal vitamin C allows the body to make use of a higher amount of the vitamin C and without digestive distress. Liposomal C is not difficult to make at home. Sodium ascorbate can also be used to dose children with vitamin C, if enough vitamin C is given.
4. Cod Liver Oil
Cold liver oil contains an important complex of nutrients including selenium. These nutrients support effective lymphatic flow and reduce infection. The essential fats in the oil also help reduce inflammation. Look for a cod liver oil supplement for kids over 12 or liquid for those under as they will absorb it better in liquid form.
Garlic contains a number of important compounds, including allicin. These compounds work together to make garlic an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compound. Garlic helps reduce inflammation and infection in the adenoids. A common dose for a child is 1 smashed clove of garlic mixed with lemon juice and honey taken 1-3 times a day.
Echinacea is a natural immune support. Echinacea it helps boost the immune system and cleanse the lymphatic system, which in turns eliminates infection of the adenoids. Echinacea can be found in capsule and liquid form at most health food stores.
Honey is an effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. When taken daily, honey helps reduce enlarged adenoids and can even treat symptoms including pain and soreness. Add a few drops of lemon juice to a teaspoon of honey and give it to your child by mouth 2 to 3 times daily. Honey should not be given to children under a year of age. Raw and local honey sold is glass jars is the best form of honey to use.
Xylitol is a natural sugar that has been found to be effective against strep.1 Strep is a bacterial infection that often causes strep throat. Even when there is not an active case of strep throat or evidence of infection, the strep bacteria may be the cause of the inflamed adenoids. (It used to be common practice to remove the tonsils and adenoids of children who had reoccurring strep throat infections.) A xylitol mouthwash can be used to get xylitol into the back of the throat to kill bacteria.
9. Dietary Changes
Sugar and processed foods contribute to inflammation and should be kept to a minimum. Dairy is a common culprit in children’s ear congestion and inflammation of tonsils and adenoids. Avoiding dairy for a few weeks should help to see if dairy is the cause of the swollen adenoids.
What Are Adenoids?
The adenoids are located high in the mouth, behind the nose and the roof of the mouth. Adenoids play a role in filtering lymphatic flow and trapping germs that pass through the nose and mouth. Adenoids also produce antibodies that help fight infection. Unlike tonsils, though, a child’s adenoids are not visible when he or she opens his or her mouth, so it is often more difficult to determine when a child is experiencing an issue related to the adenoids.
What Happens When the Adenoids Are Enlarged?
While some children are simply born with larger adenoids than others, most often the cause of enlarged adenoids is infection and inflammation. While a child’s adenoids help filter out germs, these organs can become infected. As the adenoids become infected, they get inflamed and swollen, causing a condition known as adenoiditis.
Depending on the severity of a child’s condition, he may exhibit different symptoms. A few of the most common symptoms of adenoiditis include sore throat, stuffy nose, swollen glands, ear pain, and even ear infection. Additional symptoms include breathing through the mouth, speaking with a nasally sound, difficulty sleeping, snoring, and even sleep apnea.
Using natural remedies to treat large adenoids can spare a child surgery and improve overall health.
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