The common seen around here has looked like this:
We've had a week of the sickies around here. The boys have had a seal-like cough, a fever of a 103, and a runny nose after the fever. The high fever broke after 24 hours but has lingered as a low-grade nuisance. After talking with a friend who went to their doctor, it sounds like we have croup. It is viral. Unless the boys can't breath, we just ride it out. If they can't breath, we can go and get a steroid shot.
So instead of a steroid shot I chose to do a mustard plaster (or poultice) for my older son so he could sleep through the night instead of waking up coughing. He didn't wake up that night.
Mustard is an amazing seed. It is often used as a condiment to give a little heat to compliment the food eaten. Mustard's heat is most potent in the first 30 minutes of getting wet. Ground mustard, flour, and water can be used to make a paste to open the respiratory system. Black mustard is usually used since it produces the most heat. We used yellow mustard. There are many recommendation on how to use a mustard plaster. First I gathered a cotton or flannel fabric that will cover the chest, another piece of fabric to cover the wet plaster, ground mustard, flour, and water. Add 1 part ground mustard to 2 parts flour. Add water to make a paste. Spread the paste on the fabric and cover. Get the fabric wet. We put it right onto the skin. Some like to have a t-shirt between the poultice and the skin.
|It can look like this.|
|The covered poultice/plaster|