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Children at the Thermae: mothers’ questions

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1) When is the best time to bring my child to the Thermae to get the best benefits from the inhalation treatments?


Generally for reasons linked to the summer holidays, the period of thermal cures in Italy focuses between the end of June and the end of August; in fact the best periods would be the Spring and September/October for the prevention of allergies and respiratory infections (rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, pharyngo-tonsillitis, bronchitis). An ad hoc period could be late spring/beginning of summer for treating residual symptoms (slight cough, runny nose) typical of the cold months of winter and early spring. Summing up the thermal cures are valid all year round !


2) At what age is it advisable to commence preventive inhalation therapy for a child?


There is no age limit even if generally it is not recommended for children under 2 ; all depends however on the collaboration of the small patient. The validity of the treatments is often impaired by the whims of children not respecting the full timetable of the treatments.


3) Thermae, means swimming pool?


Thermae  indicates establishments which employ their therapeutic and health aiding waters along with  other forms of treatment (mud packs, caves, etc.) in various  forms, among which the principle ones are : inhalation treatments, douches, mud therapy and also the thermal water swimming pools.


4) Is the Tabiano Water used undiluted ?


The sulphurous -sulphate-calcium-magnesium water of Tabiano is called "Strong" for its high content of hydrogen sulphide; a chemical characteristic that allows it to be used in undiluted form for the different diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tracts, as well as dermatological pathologies.


5) Will my child be frightened by the inhalation treatments?


The inhalatory treatments are absolutely painless; however, the fact that they are practiced in a new, crowded, sanitary environment can cause upset to a small patient. For this reason at Tabiano Spa we have created an environment of care reserved for children followed by qualified personnel and sensitive to the needs of the small patients, so as to create a playful atmosphere.


6) What is the difference between inhalation and aerosol?


There are 2 different methods of application of inhalation treatments; the main difference consists in the fact that the inhalations are a mixture of large particles of steam, hot-humid, mixed with thermal water which consequently act predominantly on the upper respiratory tract; the aerosol consists instead in the fragmentation of only the thermal water in particles of very small size, which consequently can also reach the lower airtracts.


7) Can I bring my girl to the Thermae even if she has a little cold and cough?


For the thermal treatments to be effective they  must be applied in the correct phase, i.e. in the absence of acute symptoms; it is true that in some children a little cough and runny nose are not serious contraindications; the thermal doctor will decide, during the visit on admission, on the suitability of starting the treatments or postponing them for a few days.


8) Before I bring my son to the Thermae do I have to see  my pediatrician?


To access the Spa treatments with the National Health Service convention, paying only the prescription fee,  it is necessary to contact your pediatrician who, after assessing the  medical history and the state of health of the child, will issue the prescription specifying the required treatments and the diagnosis. To remember :  for direct payment treatments, the thermal doctor’s control is sufficient.


9) Is there an improvement in a child’s health after the inhalations?


From over ten years of experience, backed up by data published in international journals, we can confidently confirm that the inhalatory treatments effected by children with continuous infections of the respiratory tract provide a valid method of prevention, as proved by the reduction of acute attacks, the reduction of the use of antibiotics and the number of absences from kindergartens and schools.



10) Can I interrupt the treatments ?


The thermal treatments have a total duration of 12 days, with 1 day of suspension in mid-care. It is important not to interrupt the treatment so as not to lose the effectiveness. The only exceptions is the interruption of the treatment in the case of an acute heightening of the disease or so-called idiosyncrasy, in reality very rare, involving an intolerance of the organism towards the components of the thermal water with an important clinical reaction.


11) If he has a slight temperature can I bring him to the Thermae all the same?


If the temperature is low, not exceeding 37.5 °C, there are no contraindications to continuing the treatments ; generally a slight fever  is fairly typical in the first days of treatment and together with other symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, weariness, constipation,  falls in the so called category "thermal reaction", that usually disappears  within 24-48 hours without requiring medicine. If the symptoms continue or worsen then it is advisable to contact  the thermal doctor or the family pediatrician and possibly to interrupt  the treatments.


12) My daughter is allergic to pollen and dust. Can I bring her to the thermae  all the same ? Will  it do her good ?


Allergies represent a pathology in constant increase in the paediatric population. With the exception of allergic manifestations in the acute phase, thermal treatments are indicated for the treatment of allergies.


The thermal cures in fact while not acting in a direct manner on the causes of allergy, act indirectly by decreasing inflammation and improving the atrophism of the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, thus reducing the main symptoms such as sneezing, nasal obstructions and aqueous rhinorrhea (runny nose).

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