CHEST 2008: Coconut Oil Benefits Kids With Pneumonia

Adjunct therapy associated with quicker respiratory rate normalization, crackles resolution

THURSDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- In children with community-acquired pneumonia, virgin coconut oil may be an effective adjunct therapy, according to research presented this week at CHEST 2008, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, in Philadelphia.

Gilda Sapphire Erguiza, M.D., and colleagues from the Philippine Children's Medical Center in the Philippines randomly assigned 40 pediatric patients to receive either intravenous ampicillin plus 2 milliliters per kilogram per day of oral virgin coconut oil or intravenous ampicillin alone.

The researchers found that virgin coconut oil was associated with a significantly earlier mean normalization of respiratory rates (32.6 hours versus 48.2 hours) and fewer patients with crackles at 72 hours (25 percent versus 60 percent). They also noted that virgin coconut oil was associated with nonstatistically significant improvements in time to normalized temperature and oxygen saturation as well as length of hospitalization.

"Pneumonia is still a significant cause of morbidity and mortality," the authors write. "The use of interventional measures such as virgin coconut oil as an adjunct therapy can improve management of this problem."


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