Respiratory Infections in Children

Respiratory infections are the most common source of illness in childhood. In fact, many children are affected by such infections several times a year. While the cold and flu are the most common, illnesses such as sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis or bronchitis also belong to the same category.

Signs & Symptoms of Respiratory Infections in Children

During respiratory infections, the children we treat experience symptoms such as:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches


In some cases, respiratory infections can become chronic or trigger other conditions such as childhood asthma or ear infections.

Causes of Respiratory Infections in Children

Respiratory infections are usually caused by external pathogens (mostly viruses and bacteria) from the environment. In our experience, many factors can also make a child more vulnerable to infections, including:

  • Cold weather, seasonal changes
  • Allergies
  • Dietary factors
  • Dehydration
  • Periods of emotional stress

How We Treat Respiratory Infections in Children

At the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine, we routinely work with acupuncture and laser acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tuina and cupping, as well as naturopathic advice, to help children recover from acute and chronic respiratory infections and prevent recurrence.


Our team of specialists in Jerusalem can also help our patients and their families to prepare for seasonal changes, by designing personalized treatment plans aimed at improving immune function and reducing the risk of contracting infections.

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Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

People Say

Sarah has had bronchitis and angina several times a year ever since she was one and a half or so. She was given round upon round of antibiotics, but every time the infections came back. Me and her dad wanted to try something else before surgery to remove her tonsils, and thankfully it worked! We weren’t sure what effects Chinese medicine could have on a child so young, but the doctors at Nei Jing were very patient and professional. We went there during a crisis, with an active infection, and after a couple of laser acupuncture sessions her symptoms quickly calmed down. It’s been six months now, and she hasn’t had an infection since. Hopefully it stays that way!
Emma E.

People Say

Our son Ben used to always get respiratory infections at the change of season, especially in the spring. We suspected allergies, but the tests didn’t show anything definitive. Acupuncture gave very good results for his sister’s eczema, so we tried it for him. He also got a herbal treatment that his sister hadn’t had, and his symptoms - a lot of sneezing and coughing, and mucus so bad that sometimes it became a gastrointestinal infection - went away quickly. We did another preventive session of acupuncture this year, and Ben went through the spring free of serious infections.
Eyal U.