Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Childhood Asthma

Nobody likes the thought of their children having a situation that negatively affects his/her life. Yet more and more children are being diagnosed with asthma. More and more often, asthma and childhood seem to be going hand in hand.

If your child is suffering from asthma there are some very basic things that you should be doing to help your child. The number one thing you want to do is make sure you have a clean house and that there is no mold growing anywhere in your home including the basement. 
If you have a pet, you should groom the pet regularly and make sure you vacuum everyday to get rid of the animal hair and dander. Pet dander, mold, and dust are three things that do not mix with children suffering from asthma.

Another thing you want to do is monitor your child’s diet. Make sure he/she eats plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables – along with other foods that are high in antioxidants – have been shown to help with asthma. 

Your child should eat fresh fruits and/or vegetables at least twice a day. This type of diet has been shown to cut down on asthma and the symptoms of asthma.

Always parents trust that asthma and childhood don’t mix with any type of organized physical activities such as playing sports. But this isn’t true. In fact, sports can mix very nicely with children suffering from asthma. However, there are some reasonable precautions that you and your child need to take.

First of all, make sure all the coaches are notified of your child’s condition before the first practice. The coach should be told how severe the asthma is and what special precautions need to be taken – inhaler, no long runs, etc. Then the child also needs to be instructed not to ever over-do it. 

Be sure if an inhaler is needed it’s always taken to both practice and to games. Also, if your child ever begins to feel an attack coming on, he/she should stop and rest. As long as these precautions are taken, there shouldn’t be any reason why a child with asthma can’t take part in organized physical activities.

Asthmatic children do not think that your child can’t have the normal life of a kid. Of course precautions have to be taken but overall life should be able to go on quite normally. 

These precautions include you making sure life at home helps get rid of the asthma instead of aggravating the asthma. Precautionary measures also mean that your child is educated about the asthma as is anyone else.