Natural Lymph Node Remedies for Kids: Soothe & Heal

| Modified on Nov 23, 2023
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Children often experience swollen lymph nodes due to various health concerns. These lymph nodes, crucial in fighting infections, tend to enlarge when battling illnesses. To naturally alleviate swollen lymph nodes, focusing on combating the infection is key. Additionally, certain home remedies are effective in reducing swelling, enhancing lymph node functionality, and easing discomfort.

The lymphatic system, featuring a network of nodes throughout the body, plays a vital role in immunity. It transports white blood cells to infection sites and expels bodily toxins and waste. This explains why lymph nodes near an infection often swell, indicating the lymphatic system's increased activity. For instance, a sore throat might cause neck lymph node swelling, ear infections could swell nodes near the ears, and insect bites might enlarge nearby nodes. Swollen lymph nodes can also signal conditions like mononucleosis, cat scratch disease, and Lyme disease. If swollen lymph nodes persist after an infection subsides or don't respond to natural treatments, consult a healthcare professional to exclude serious underlying causes.

Addressing swollen lymph nodes involves strategies targeting the root cause and enhancing lymphatic system efficiency while also alleviating pain and swelling. Employing natural methods to bolster the immune system effectively addresses the infection-causing swollen lymph nodes, ultimately providing relief to both the infection and the inflammation.

Natural Vitamin C Boost for Children: A Homemade Remedy

When children are unwell, their need for vitamin C increases significantly. However, many commercial vitamin C supplements for kids contain artificial colors and sweeteners, which are not ideal. Preparing a homemade vitamin C drink is a simple, cost-effective, and appealing alternative.


  • 1/8 teaspoon of ascorbic acid (a pure form of vitamin C)
  • 1/16 teaspoon of baking soda (to neutralize the acidity)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (for natural sweetness)
  • 3 ounces of water


  1. Begin by dissolving the honey in 1 ounce of warm water, ensuring it melts completely.
  2. Add the remaining 2 ounces of water, followed by the ascorbic acid and baking soda. Stir the mixture well.
  3. This concoction yields about 600 mg of vitamin C.


  • The drink can be administered several times a day, depending on the child's needs and response.
  • Monitor for signs of gastrointestinal discomfort, such as loose stools, which can occur from high vitamin C intake. If this happens, reduce the dosage accordingly.

This homemade vitamin C remedy offers a natural and effective way to boost your child's immune system without artificial additives.

Elderberry Syrup for Immune Support

Elderberry syrup, widely available in pharmacies and large grocery stores, is a delicious supplement known for its immune-boosting properties. It's particularly effective for children, offering a tasty way to strengthen their immune system.

Coconut Oil as an Antiviral

Coconut oil, with its antiviral qualities, has been successful in treating various viral infections, including those like mononucleosis that can cause swollen lymph nodes in children. For a child-friendly dose, ½ to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil can be given multiple times a day. It's easily added to foods like toast or crackers for convenience.

Homemade Antiviral Fudge - A Kid-Friendly Recipe

This antiviral fudge is an enjoyable and effective way to administer coconut oil to children. Here's how to make it:


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil (softened)
  • 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon of peanut butter or almond butter (for flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder


  1. Mix all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Optionally, sprinkle sea salt on top for added flavor.
  3. Line an 8x8 pan with wax paper and pour or spread the mixture evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for an hour to set.
  5. Cut into 24 squares; each square contains about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.


Encouraging children to spend 10-15 minutes in the sun a few times daily, weather permitting, helps their body produce vitamin D. This is crucial for immune system support and overall health, particularly when dealing with swollen lymph nodes.

Healing Baths With Baking Soda or Epsom Salt

A warm bath enriched with baking soda or Epsom salt can help alkalize the body, optimizing the functioning of various systems. This type of bath can be particularly soothing and beneficial for children with swollen lymph nodes, reducing discomfort and promoting healing.

Topical Castor Oil Application

Castor oil, known for its healing properties, can be applied directly to swollen lymph nodes. Massaging a few drops into the affected area several times a day can help reduce pain and swelling. This simple, natural remedy is easy to administer and can be highly effective.


Hydrotherapy, involving alternating warm and cool compresses, can significantly help reduce lymph node swelling. Use this method:

  1. Prepare two washcloths - one for warm (not hot) water and another for cool (not cold) water.
  2. Apply a cool cloth to the swollen area for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Switch to a warm cloth for 15-20 seconds.
  4. Repeat the process, starting and ending with the cool cloth.
  5. Perform this cycle for a few rounds.

Hydrotherapy can be safely done several times daily to alleviate swelling and discomfort.

Suppose swollen lymph nodes do not improve within a couple of days. In that case, if the child's overall health appears to be declining or if there are symptoms like high fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, it's crucial to seek medical advice promptly. These could be signs of a more serious condition requiring professional medical intervention.

Please continue reading below to learn how our readers treat swollen lymph nodes and let us know what helped!

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Posted by Jacqueline (Memphis, Tennessee) on 01/23/2018

I have swollen parotid glands (between ear and jaw) the ones affected by the mumps, that give you that chipmunk look. I first noticed it 6-18 month's ago, but didn't pay much attention to it. They're getting bigger and feel more pressure and they've actually changed the shape of my face!

I've read the posts about treatment for SUBDIBULAR salivary glands, but not PAROTID salivary glands. I feel that I could use the same treatments, with the exception of actually placing essential oil on the stones themselves, as they are located more inside the jaw near the ears, as opposed to under the tongue. NOTE: I had minor surgery to remove a stone from a salivary gland about 40 years ago, back when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I would get a knot under the right side of my chin whenever I ate spicy foods. I didn't think it could possibly be related until I read some posts here on Earth Clinic.

If you're still reading this Very Long post, I would greatly appreciate suggestions on how to treat these swollen PAROTID glands.

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Hi Jacqueline,

I've been dealing with what you've described in your post for years! I have tested positive for Lyme disease and a host of co infections. It has actually changed the texture of my skin as well . No one knows what is going on which is par for the course! Good luck to you and if you have any luck please share!

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Posted by Survivor (USA) on 05/01/2023

I am a cancer survivor and recently had a respiratory virus. I have had a swollen lymph node for over a month and I have been worried about it. My doctor ordered scans but I'm nervous about getting radiation.

I have tried many of the remedies but nothing was working, including rebounding and lymphatic massage. Heat did reduce the swelling slightly, but not completely.

Last night, I dropped on some nascent iodine and frankincense oil. Today, the lymph node was noticeably smaller, so I put more on this evening. I can barely even feel it now.

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I tried frankincense essential oil to no avail. My guess it that it was the iodine or combination thereof. I will apply these for a few days ... maybe? Thanks for the post.