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How to relieve chest congestion in toddlers

Updated February 21, 2017

Chest congestion is a common symptom of a cold or flu. While older children and adults can take over-the-counter cold medications to relieve chest congestion, these products aren't recommended for toddlers. In this case, parents have to consider other alternatives such as home or natural remedies. Fortunately, there are several ways to relieve chest congestion in toddlers and alleviate phlegm and tightness.

Increase water intake. Drinking water thins mucus in the chest, and water can function as an expectorant.

Place a humidifier in the child's bedroom, and use the machine to relieve chest congestion. The heat and moisture from a humidifier effectively thins mucus.

Apply a thin layer of vapour rub on your toddler's chest. The vapours relieve chest congestion, which can alleviate tightness, wheezing and coughing. Choose an OTC vapour rub for children or an herbal vapour rub such as Arbonne.

Ask for a prescription inhaler. If chest congestion doesn't clear on its own, visit your doctor and ask about a prescription inhaler. Inhalers open the bronchial tubes and ease chest congestion.

Consider an antibiotic. In some cases, chest congestion results from an upper respiratory infection or other infection. Talk to your doctor about an antibiotic to treat the underlying condition.

Serve plenty of Vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, which will help your child fight colds and other illnesses. Purchase vitamin supplements for toddlers and orange juice.

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Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.