Asthma in Kids: 5 Things You Need To Know
Asthma is being increasingly seen and diagnosed in young children today. Blame it on the pollution or lifestyle, the fact is that parents need to be well-prepared when it comes to recognizing and knowing about Asthma. Here are a few things about Asthma in children that you may be surprised to know.
- Chances of Asthma are more in children who suffer or have suffered from Eczema
The basis of Eczema is an allergic response of the skin to different triggers. Because 70% of Asthma cases have a basis in allergy, it has been seen that children who have Eczema, have higher likelihood of developing Asthma if the Eczema is not treated.
- Genetics play a role in Asthma
Asthma is known to have passed down the family as an unwanted gift. Many studies have shown that the probability of Asthma increases in children having one or both parents with Asthma.
- Being on the other side of the weighing scale is not a good idea
Being overweight can have multiple effects on a child’s health. But you may be surprised to learn that Asthma is one of them. Though no specific reason has been found out, experts say that excess fat on the chest can lead to more severe attacks.
- An asthmatic child may not necessarily wheeze
There are some children who may not show the typical “wheeze” in Asthma, especially if the condition is just about in its early stages. A persistent dry cough that refuses to go should also get you thinking on the track of Asthma, especially if the child is not showing any weight loss or fever.
- Passive smoking is a reality and can trigger Asthma
Numerous studies support the fact that being present in the vicinity of a person smoking increases the risk that the child may develop Asthma. This is called passive smoking. Also, if the mother has been a smoker while pregnant, the child, along with probably being born with low weight, has higher chances of developing Asthma later in life.
Super Foods To Curb Asthma
Food is a powerful weapon. It can provide nutrition, replenish energy stores and improve mood and feelings. Food also plays another very important role, and that is of supporting and enhancing the immune system.
The power of food is such that it can help in preventing diseases, and also plays a vital role in supporting the effects of medicines while treating an illness.
Most of the diseases can be dealt with by food, and Asthma is one of them. Read on to know which foods can provide an effective barrier against your battle with Asthma.
- Avocado : With good amounts of glutathione, a powerful anti-oxidant, and Vitamin E, it helps to detoxify pollutants, as it has a good health promoting and immunity booster actions. This superfood also protects against the tissue damage caused by free radicals.
- Apples : Bioflavonoids present in apple act as anti-inflammatory and anti-histaminic (anti-allergic) agents, and therefore help to fight the basic process of Asthma. Apples are also known to reduce the chances of Asthma in unborn babies when consumed by the pregnant mother. It has been seen in a study conducted in Britain, that consuming 3-5 apples per week showed 35% reduction in episodes of Asthma, provided other risk and precipitating factors were controlled.
- Kiwi : The high content of Vitamin C present in kiwis has shown to reduce breathlessness, runny nose and cough, and reduce chances of Asthma and allergic conditions.
- Carrots : Due to its high beta-carotene and vitamin C content, carrot is a wonder food for asthmatics. Both, beta-carotene and Vitamin C are potent antioxidants that help to ward off lung damage by fighting free radicals.
- Leafy Greens : Spinach is rich in beta carotene, vitamin E, C and magnesium and helps in destroying the free radicals which cause airway constriction. Leafy vegetables are also rich in potassium that helps in reducing the intensity of occurrence of asthmatic episodes.
- Sweet Potato : This is one of the most underrated foods we eat. Rich in potassium and vitamins B6 and C, the nutritional combination present in this superfood makes for a formidable fighter against allergies.
- Ginger & Garlic : These 2 spice masters are omnipresent in almost every kitchen, and are added to food while cooking for that extra burst of flavour. But did you know that they are powerful anti-inflammatory foods as well? Yes! And this makes them effective in fighting allergies and Asthma.
- Turmeric : A very powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, turmeric powder is used in most Indian curries and lentils.
- Flaxseeds : These little power boosters have many anti-asthmatic nutrients like potassium, magnesium, selenium and calcium. They are extremely versatile and can be included in your meals in a number of ways. You could sprinkle them on your salads or your breakfast cereal, mix them in your porridge or lentils, blend them in your smoothies or add them while kneading your dough.
How To Manage Asthma Without Harsh Medicines
Isn’t it frightening to imagine walking in fresh air without being able to breathe properly?
This is exactly what happens to people suffering from Asthma. About 10% of persons of all ages suffer from this chronic airway disorder globally and children are being seen to be affected more as compared to adults.
According to the World Health Organization, a shocking 100-150 million people are currently grappling with Asthma, with about 18,000 people losing their lives to the disease.
The burning question here is, “Why is Asthma so common today?”
Simply put, there are two major reasons:
- Bad lifestyle
- Altered atmospheric conditions
The fast-food culture has introduced a lot of ready-to-eat, highly processed foods, that are low in nutrition and high in artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. These artificial additives are notorious in causing allergies of all kinds, including Asthma.
Also, the world is now making way for increasing population by cutting down trees and building urban residential and commercial structures. With this, and an exponential rise in number of vehicles have together contributed to alarming levels of pollution in the air. This altered atmospheric state is also highly responsible for the rise in instances of asthmatic attacks.
On an average, the world has seen a 25% rise in people suffering from Asthma. As of today, more than 250 million people have Asthma globally.
Homeopathy for Asthma
The asthmatic is already suffering. Do we then opt for medicines that have their own troubling side effects, or do we choose an alternative where there are zero side effects, and yet the medicines show sustainable and long-lasting improvement?
If you chose the latter (as we are sure you would), then Homeopathy is the best solution for Asthma.
Homeopathic medicines are gentle in their approach, cause no adverse effects or withdrawal effects, and work on the core immune system, for better quality relief.
- Natrum Sulph : This medicine has a formidable record in treating Asthma. Natrum sulph is thought of when asthmatic attacks come on during damp weather. A person needing this medicine would experience a lot of rattling in the chest because of hypersecretions, and the cough would be greenish and slimy.
- Ipecac: A person requiring Ipecac will have a constant cough, that ends in vomiting. The asthmatic attack will come on suddenly, with a sense of oppression in the chest. Ipecac is best suited for sudden spasms of the airways, leading to suffocation.
- Kali Bichromicum: If the asthmatic attacks come on in the early hours of the morning, and the person feels utterly distressed till he coughs up a yellow-coloured, tough, stringy mucus, Kali bichromicum is the medicine to be thought of.
* Please note that the abovementioned medicines should not be taken without consultation with a qualified homeopathic doctor. They are only indicative, and do not include all medicines prescribed for Asthma.
With the right expert guidance, Homeopathy can markedly bring down the frequency and severity of Asthma attacks. The earlier you begin, the better will be the results.
Granny’s Home Remedies for Asthma
Although Asthma is a condition that requires medical attention and treatment by a qualified doctor, there are some natural measures that can be taken to improve the immune system and reduce the frequency of Asthma attacks.
Remember that in the years gone by, availability of health care and doctors was scarce, and so people had to rely more on the phenomenal experience of the old and wise ladies in the family for relief. That is the reason why, the kinds of food eaten had a great impact on the health of the asthmatic.
These simple but powerful measures have been handed down through the generations, and have significance and relevance even today, probably even more so.
- Bring together equal quantities of honey, pomegranate juice and ginger juice. Have one tablespoon 2-3 times a day. This mixture helps to cleanse the system and boost immunity.
- Eating raw ginger with little salt sprinkled over it also helps. However, this is to be had with caution in people with high blood pressure.
Eating raw garlic every day has been seen to be helpful in people in early stages of Asthma. However, when you are taking homeopathic medicines, avoid taking raw garlic because the strong essence may hamper the effect of the medicines.
Boil half a cup of milk with 5-6 cloves. Once cooled, drink this modified tea twice a day.
Carom Seeds / Ajwain:
Pound together one teaspoon of jaggery with one-quarter teaspoon of carom seeds. Have this paste twice a day for a few days or until you get relief in cases of cold and cough.
You could also boil carom seeds in a vessel of water, and inhale the steam twice a day for 5-10 minutes each. This will instantly reduce chest congestion and unblock the nose and throat.
- Mix together one teaspoon of warm honey with half a teaspoon of freshly ground cinnamon powder, and have it at bedtime. This is a wonderful, natural decongestant, and will help in removing mucus easily.
- A glass of hot water with a teaspoon of honey sipped between meals will also help in relieving cough and mucus.
Soak 2-3 dried figs in warm water overnight. Eat the soft figs early next morning and drink the water as well. This is helpful in clearing mucus from the respiratory system.
Mustard seed oil has been known in helping to improve lung function. Mix some warm mustard oil and salt, and massage this slowly into the chest 3-4 times in a day.
Breathing in the pungent smell of eucalyptus oil is well-known to instantly free noseblock and congestion in the throat.
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