Childhood illness and reclaiming sleep

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Childhood illness and reclaiming sleep

Sleep is a precious commodity, no more so than in families with babies and school aged children. We all know the value of sleep is about more than “feeling good”; in a nutshell, sleep helps your brain work! A lack of sleep, sudden or accrued over time, can raise the risk of chronic illness, and affect how well we think, react, learn, work and engage with others.

Sleep deprivation is concerning where it affects the youngest members of the family whose brains are still developing.

From birth and throughout school years, there are many variables that can cause disruption in sleep, some we can control and some we cannot. Illness has a significant effect on sleep and is a largely unavoidable part of childhood.

In fact, the average child can expect to experience three to eight colds, and two to three bouts of viral gastroenteritis every school year. Times this by two, three or more children and that’s an awful lot of sleepless nights!

But what can we do to help our kids (and the rest of the family) get a restful night’s sleep when illness strikes? We’ve looked at the common respiratory illnesses that keep young families awake at night, and how Salin Plus salt therapy device can help.


Common Cold

Colds (and flu) are inevitable in the first year of life and beyond. Often viral infections, colds cause the nasal and respiratory membranes to swell and produce mucous. 

While unpleasant in every age bracket, colds are particularly challenging for newborn babies because congestion effects their ability to feed and sleep, and treatment options are limited before three months of age. 

Salin Plus uses low dose, pure, dry salt (less than 0.1g/day) that is 100% safe for use on newborn babies, infants and toddlers. 

The Salin Plus device releases tiny, therapeutic salt ions that penetrate deep into the lungs and sinuses to reduce inflammation, putting an end to discomfort from congestion so baby can feed and sleep better (and so can Mom). 

Salin Plus is safe for use in conjunction with other medically approved cold and flu remedies.


Ear Infection 

After the common cold, ear infections are the most commonly diagnosed childhood illness in Canadian and American kids, and most will experience at least one before they turn three. 

When fluid accumulates in the middle ear, it acts like a culture for germs to grow. This infected fluid then presses on the eardrum, causing intense pain, irritability and illness in babies and children. This pain is worse at night as pressure on the eardrum is exacerbated by laying down to sleep. 

It is always advisable to see your doctor if you suspect your child has an ear infection, however, the Salin Plus Salt Therapy device can play a valuable role in helping to reduce the frequency and severity of an ear infection while also helping your child’s recovery! 

Salt therapy provides passive relief from ear infection symptoms, with no drugs. (That’s why so many Moms take their kids to salt caves or rooms when they have ear infections!) Salin Plus does all this, in the comfort of your own home and overnight when you need it most.

Diffused, dry salt loosens up blockages in the middle ear canal and absorbs moisture from the ear, while also soothing pain and allowing your child to get the rest they need to heal.

The device also removes up to 98% of allergens from the air, which is important when treating an ear infection, as airborne pollutants can aggravate fluid on the eardrum.



Asthma is the leading chronic illness in American children today with one out of 10 affected. It is also the top reason for missed school days and the third leading reason for hospitalization of children.

Asthma symptoms include wheezing, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing and coughing. Mucous produced by the body can be difficult to cough up, causing further congestion and discomfort; and symptoms and full blown attacks are often worse at night.

While medical advice on childhood asthma is essential, Salin Plus can be used alongside treatment prescribed by your doctor to provide relief overnight. Anti-bacterial salt particles inhaled deep into the lungs and sinuses to break up excess mucous, phlegm or sputum; reduce infection, inflammation and widen the airways.

The dual benefit of the Salin Plus device is that it also cleanses the air of pollutants that can trigger attacks in asthma sufferers.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Croup

Common in fall and spring, RSV occurs in early infancy and can be serious. It is the main cause of hospitalization for respiratory illness in children under one year of age. It begins like a cold and is accompanied by a cough and wheezing as the virus infects the bronchial passages. If RSV spreads to the lungs, it can cause viral pneumonia. 

Croup is a common winter illness for children under five years of age. Caused by the same virus as the common cold, it results in swelling of the windpipe (trachea), the airways to the lungs (bronchi) and the vocal cords, narrowing the airways and making it hard to breathe. A child with croup has a distinctive barking cough and may make a harsh sound when inhaling. 

Both are scary illnesses with limited treatment options for newborns and infants. For newborns and older children salt therapy is a viable, safe and effective alternative to recommended “steam therapy”.

Salin Plus can help by opening the airways, soothing inflammation and encouraging mucous out of the respiratory system. Aerosol salt also has anti-bacterial properties to heal, hastening recovery and reducing the need for antibiotics.

If your child is under the age of three months and is showing symptoms of RSV, consult your doctor, and take him or her to an emergency room if they experience difficulty breathing.

Because it is 100% natural, Salin Plus is safe for use in conjunction with other medically approved treatment. The device will not only help you and your family recover from illness quickly and with minimal need for pharmaceutical intervention, it is also a powerful preventative health tool! For optimal results and to protect your family from common illnesses, Salin Plus should be used consistently overnight.

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