Olive Oil Pneumonia | The Olive Oil Source

Olive Oil Pneumonia

Source: The Olive Oil Source
January 01, 2006

According to a recent article in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Mexican American parents put their infants at risk of developing pneumonia by using oil as a home remedy for colic. Various oils and animal fats can be aspirated into the lungs causing a "lipoid" pneumonia. In one of the pneumonia cases the parents admitted to giving their son a capful of olive oil each day to soothe the stomach. Considering that 88 percent of Spanish speaking parents at the studied clinic though the practice was beneficial, the risk of lipoid pneumonia from oils seemed to be quite low, very few of babies treated fall ill. The take home message seemed to be that doctors must ask about folk remedies which are not considered "medicine" when dealing with a difficult case.