Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Children Asthma Simple Strategies

Children with asthma will experience a different childhood compared to many normal kids. Often they may need to stay indoors to avoid contact with potential outdoor allergens. They are also unable to participate in strenuous sports activities like playing football in the fields with other kids. Some of these changes may lead your child to frustration and suffer from self esteem issues.
Here are some ways to help your children cope with asthma.

Knowledge is power for starters. Have an adequate knowledge of your children’s asthma condition. The more you know the child’s condition, the better. First and the most, find out what type of allergens trigger your child’s asthma and make the necessary changes to your home environment.

Today, there are also many asthma support groups dedicated for parents with children suffering from asthma. Enrolling yourself to such a support group can enable you to exchange tips and strategies and also learn new and better methods with other parents on how to help your child. Time from time, there will also be seminars on the topic of asthma which is a great opportunity to ask experts any questions you may regarding your child’s condition.

Communicate with your child frequently

Constant communication is important too. Your child will be understandably be instructed by the restriction he or she face in his lifestyle. Encourage your child to share any problems he or she might face in school. You might also want to explain on why they must avoid certain food. However, some child might develop phobia of food that is allergic to them that they won’t dare to go near it, explain it to them it fine to go near such food as long as they don’t consume them.

Some tips to protect your child from food allergy

When preparing meals for your child, it best to cook the meals yourself. You get to control what type of ingredients goes inside your child’s meal. To avoid cross contamination do not share any utensils with your kids during meals. It advisable to assign your child own utensils.

As you know, there are many hidden ingredients in outside food that may be harmful for your kids. However, if you really do not have the time to prepare food for your kids, here are some tips when buying outside food.

Learn the alternate names for certain ingredients. For example, casein or whey is another name for milk. Albumin means it contains eggs. Be cautious when buying food imported from other countries. They may have different labeling standards and practice in your country. Avoid baked products like cakes.

Unless you are really sure what goes into the food, there are many hidden ingredients and often contain hidden allergens not suitable for your kids. So it is advisable when going to a restaurant, if possible, ask the waitress or even the chef directly the ingredients they put in the food.

Learning how to cope with your child’s asthma can be a frustrating process. However, the most important thing here is to give positive and constant encouragement to your child that not all is lost and that it is possible to lead a normal lives if they know what precautions to take.

Learning to cope with your child’s asthma can be a frustrating process. However, the most important factor is to give all the positive and constant encouragement to your child that he/she can lead a normal and healthy life if he/she knows and take all the necessary precautions.