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Comforting Treatment for Kids’ Congestion

Comforting Treatment for Kids’ Congestion

Massage and acupressure to the face and neck help to open the sinuses and the nasal passages and stimulate lymphatic drainage. Using these techniques can help your child breathe more easily.

All of these areas should be massaged a couple of times, but do so very, very gently. Your baby or child has a very delicate face, and these points can be quite tender when he or she is all congested. Light pressure, held for just a couple of seconds, two or three times during the course of a treatment will help more than you can imagine.

1. Start with a massage of the forehead. Stroke from the bridge of the nose up toward the hairline and then from the midpoint of the forehead out toward the ears.

2. Gently massage the cheekbones beginning at the nose, just underneath the eyes, and stroke out toward the ears.

3. Gently press the point that lies in between the eyebrow.

4. Gently press the area where the eyebrow begins.

5. Gently press the area midway between the outer edge of the eyebrow and the outer edge of the eye on the temple.

6. Gently press beside the nose just above the nostril flare.
7. Gently press the point just beside each nostril.

8. Massage the neck beginning underneath the ear, stroking downward toward the collarbone.

9. Massage the top of the collarbone beginning where it meets the breastbone.

10. Massage outwardly toward the shoulder.

Read more: Babies, Children, Family

Adapted from Acupoint and Trigger Point Therapy for Babies and Children, by Donna Finando, L.Ac., L.M.T. (Healing Arts Press, 2008).

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.


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2:14PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Just keep watch on the temperature!

5:23AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

these ideas really work, thank you terri

6:53PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:59PM PST on Jan 28, 2010


2:41PM PST on Dec 25, 2009

Dear Sister Caralien,
Yes it works for adults also, I had tried ...

7:15AM PST on Dec 25, 2009


7:08PM PST on Dec 24, 2009

does this work for adults too?

3:15AM PDT on Mar 9, 2008

i verry feel paine to see litel ones in a bad situation so as long i am on this planet i feel a can do some thing for them, but i need same information ase i leeve in south africa.

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