Lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Children: Prevention and Treatment Guide

The symptoms of lower respiratory tract infection depend on the type of infection or condition of the child, so symptoms may vary from child to child.

About Lower Respiratory Tract Infections in Children

Lower Respiratory Tract infections (LRTI)  in children are the ones that are present below the level of the larynx and manifest lower respiratory tract diseases such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis, and pneumonia. Viral infections are on the rise, and around 45% of children are admitted to hospitals due to pneumonia or any other viral infection of the respiratory tract. 

The viruses that cause lower respiratory tract infection examples are:-

  1. Influenza A.
  2. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  3. Human Metapneumovirus (hMPV)
  4. Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV)- Chicken Pox

Symptoms of Lower Respiratory Tract Infection in Children

The signs and symptoms of lower respiratory tract infections depend on the type of infection or condition of the child, so symptoms may vary from child to child. There are some common symptoms of LRTI which are mentioned below.

Common symptoms of LRTI in children are:-

  • Fever
  • Tachypnoea with a respiratory rate of more than 60 in less than six months of babies, 50 (age 6-12 months), and 40 breaths per minute (> one year of age).
  • Crackle sound
  • Nasal flaring
  • Chest indrawing
  • Bluish discoloration or cyanosis
  • Saturation of oxygen of 95% or less at room temperature

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Prevention of Lower Respiratory Tract Infections in Children

Ayurveda strongly believes in the age-old wisdom of “Prevention is better than Cure”; therefore, it is important to maintain a strong immune system. Ayurveda has emphasized the below-mentioned practices to reduce or limit the incidence of lower respiratory tract infections in children:-

1. Healthy and Nutritious Diet:- Ayurveda believes in having healthy, nutritious meals that are easy to digest, and the food should be prepared freshly and should be consumed when it is still warm. One should refrain from taking cold, heavy, or processed food items. 

2. Herbal Adjuvants:- According to Ayurveda, one should take herbs such as tulsi, giloy, and yashtimadhu as they are effective in fighting respiratory tract infections and also boost the immune system. 

3. Nasya:- Nasya refers to an ayurvedic therapy in which medicated herbal oils or nasal drops are administered inside the nostrils. This process helps to strengthen the nasal route and also prevents the frequency of infections. 

4. Hygiene:- Ayurveda supports hygienic practices like washing hands regularly and also supports the fact that we should not hold our natural urges like sneezing, coughing, urine, or stool. Suppressing these nature’s call disrupts the balance of the doshas and gives rise to diseases. 

5. Deep Breathing:- Incorporating a healthy lifestyle that includes yoga and pranayam for little kids can work as a stepping stone to a healthy and balanced future. Therefore, kids must be taught simple yoga and breathing exercises to strengthen their developing respiratory system. 

Lower Respiratory Infections (LRTI) Treatment – As Per Ayurveda

Ayurveda has simple and practical ideologies like maintaining balance in the doshas or elemental energies, which can help to maintain health and can also cure diseases. Therefore, all the management strategies are focused on restoring the balance of the doshas in the following manner:- 

1. Oral Herbal Medicines:- Some herbal combinations are based on a child’s unique body constitution and dominant dosha so as to break the pathogenesis of the disease and provide a complete cure for the ailment by mitigating the causative factors. 

2. Dhoompan or Steam Inhalation:- Ayurveda supports the practice of inhaling steam infused with herbal decoctions like mint or eucalyptus to strengthen the respiratory system. 

3. Abhyanga or Massage with Medicated Oils:- The child is massaged with warm oils like Garlic infused in Mustard oil over their chest and back. This allows the mucus to become loose and can be easily removed from the body. 

4. Warm Compress:- After the application of oil, a warm compress can be applied to the chest region of the child to make the chest congestion better, and it also helps to alleviate the associated pain in the ribs that occur due to repeated episodes of cough. 

5. Rest and Fluids:- The child is advised to take adequate rest to boost the healing process, and hydration is maintained to fight off the infections. 

Also Read:- Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: Types, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Natural Remedies for Lower Respiratory Tract Infection by IAFA

At IAFA, under the guidance of Dr Sahil Gupta, our team is working diligently to bring the best natural remedies for Lower Respiratory Tract Infections. These remedies are made with potent herbs to restore the balance of the doshas and to treat lower respiratory tract infections in children from the root cause. If you or your loved one is suffering from lower respiratory tract infections and you feel that you have had enough, it’s time to switch to the best Alternative treatment provided by IAFA. 

Experience the power of Ayurveda with IAFA’s cutting-edge lower respiratory tract infection medicines. Crafted with precision and backed by ancient wisdom, our remedies offer natural relief from discomfort and promote holistic well-being. Trust IAFA for a breath of fresh, healthy air – invest in your child’s respiratory health today by investing in our carefully crafted range, including

1. Respiratory Care X Drops:- These drops maintain the health of the respiratory system, particularly in children. The herbal blend is carefully curated with ten herbs to restore the health function of respiratory organs and has the appropriate concentrations suitable for kids. The formula has highly potent 100% natural herbs like vasa, yashtimadhu, jeevanti, Haridra, and much more. The medicine is easy to give to young children by mixing it in water or other liquids such as juice. 

2. Haridrakhand Choorna:- Haridrakhand is a classical Ayurvedic medicine used to treat different types of allergies. The mixture is mentioned in Ashtanga sangraha and has been used for centuries to effectively manage other respiratory infections, such as allergic rhinitis and common flu.

3. Nasayoga Grutham:- Nasayoga Grutham is a 100% natural ayurvedic preparation used for external application and supports trouble-free breathing. This medicine has different respiratory wellness herbs and supports seasonal comfort. Nasayoga Grantham helps to remove the obstruction and keeps the airways open. The treatment is carefully crafted to limit the prana vaha strosam atipravriti.

4. Shishu Laxoherb:- This product is specifically designed to maintain healthy digestion amongst young kids and eliminate undigested food and toxins from the various body channels like pranavaha srotas. The medicine is 100% natural and an easy and effective way to keep a healthy digestive system. 


Ayurveda is one of the oldest and most trustworthy companions for treating lower respiratory infections in children. The best approach is to address the imbalances in doshas with the help of oral herbal remedies for lower respiratory tract infections in children. 

Consult Online with Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

If you are stressed as your loved one is suffering from a lower respiratory tract infection or allergy, then you can contact our diligent team of doctors headed by Dr Sahil Gupta. Book your appointment for an online consultation now. IAFA is one of the most trustworthy and committed institutions to making the world a better place through its original and holistic approach. Dr. Gupta’s team provides effective treatment for all types of allergies and respiratory infections using 100% natural and herbal products.

Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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