Ok, this may seem like a dumb idea for a post, but my little girly is sick and is having breathing trouble and I've discovered via the net a way I can help her without giving her steroids or chemicals, doesn't cost a lot, and guess what? My doctor totally approves also, so I'm not being frugal at the cost of her health, don't worry.
My doc said that I should put saline in a nebulizer and let her breathe in the salt water solution... and they usually sell saline in pharmacies for this purpose among others...
Well, I didn't have time to make it to a pharmacy, and I didn't see the need to buy it if I could make it myself, and saline solution is saltwater solution...
Fortunately, google came to the rescue, and I discovered how to make my own saline solution, and I've been using that in the nebulizer and it seems to be helping my baby, fortunately.
I figured I'd share it with you in case you ever are in need of this for yourself or your child...
1 cup water (ideally filtered)
1 tsp salt
1. Bring water to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes to get rid of any impurities.
2. Mix salt into the water and stir until dissolved.
3. Let the saline mixture cool.
Use in your nebulizer to assist with breathing issues. The moisture makes breathing easier, and the salt kills bacteria and viruses.
You can also put into a squeeze bottle and squeeze a few drops into each nostril to help clear up congestion.
You can also use this in a neti pot to do nasal irrigation to alleviate sinus issues and congestion in adults.
I did read about adding half a teaspoon of baking soda to the mix, but wasn't sure about whether or not to add that for nebulizer use (as the store bought stuff is just salt and water), but feel free to add that when doing nasal irrigation with a neti pot.
Here's to hoping you feel terrific and have no need for this recipe, but if you do, hope it helps you out!
Hope my daughter feels better soon as well...
Do you own a nebulizer? Have you ever had to use it with saline? Do you buy the saline or make your own?
Do you use a neti pot?