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Management of Croup


Croup usually develops after a common cold when inflammation in the upper airway causes obstruction, which produces the characteristic "bark" of the croup cough (stridor) along with wheezing. It can be a very scary thing to watch and listen to your child struggle with Croup, especially because it tends to

worsen at night when you feel even more alone. Always trust your motherly instinct, but here's some natural ways to manage Croup at home.


Hydration will help to thin and loosen secretions. Bone broth is a wonderful option!

Lots of Rest


I can't recommend the "Dawn" diffuser/humidifier combo from doTERRA enough for times of sickness. Some oils I reach for are Breathe, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender.

I also rub diluted Breathe on the chest and bottoms of their feet.

Cold Air

Cold air can help relieve the inflammation. Have them take some breaths in front of an open freezer, or if it's cold you can bundle them up and take them outside a few minutes at a time during spasms.

Sleeping Upright

Steam Room

Warm, moist air can help the inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. Turn the shower to hot and close the bathroom door until the room is nice and steamy. You can even place a few drops of essential oil on a wet rag and place outside the stream of water for a passive diffusion. Sit on the floor with your child for at least 15 minutes if possible.


  • Vitamin C - liquid drops from Mary Ruth's Organics (code PARSONS20 for 20% off)

  • Elderberry - Organic kits available below!

  • Zinc - liquid drops from Mary Ruth's Organics

Detox Bath

Add to the bath and have the child soak.

  • ½ c bentonite clay ( code PARSONS15 for 15% off at Redmond )

  • ½ c Epsom salt

  • a few drops of eucalyptus or breathe essential oil

  • ½ c Apple Cider Vinegar

(I don’t do detox baths on babies under a year. After 6 months I will soak with them in a bath with ½ C Epsom salt)

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