Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Common Asthma Triggers

Frequent temptation to try to prevent an asthmatic child from anything that might trigger an attack, but your child will not benefit from over-protection and could easily end up losing confidence in her ability to be like other children.

It is difficult to avoid colds without seriously restricting your asthmatic child’s freedom, especially if you have other children who will carry them home from school. However, you can avoid visiting friends and family when they have heavy colds.

Your child’s asthma should not be affected by other common childhood ailments, such as chicken pox, so you do not need to go out of your way to avoid them. Being overweight can also make asthma symptoms worse and this is worth keeping an eye on.

Seek your doctor's advice if you are concerned that your child might be overweight. Encourage an overweight child to take more exercise and to avoid taking in empty calories, such as sweets and fizzy drinks.

Never put your child on a reduced calorie diet without taking medical advice. Exposure to tobacco smoke increases the risk of developing respiratory problems, such as asthma, by about 50 percent.

Yoga is an effective way of relieving stress and aiding breathing techniques. You should never replace your child’s medication with an alternative unless you have consulted your doctor first.

Try not to discuss your child’s asthma with your partner or any other adults within her hearing but not in her presence. This may make her feel frustrated by her condition. Research indicates that frequent house moves contribute to childhood asthma.

This could be due to being exposed to an ever changing range of triggers. Mold spores are found both indoors and outdoors. They are equally prevalent in the spring, summer and autumn, so it can be difficult to establish whether an individual is reacting to mold or pollen.

Teach your child not to linger in smoky atmospheres and never to start smoking herself. Help your child to recognize the point at which a giggling fit is getting out of control so she can calm herself down.

Pondering that your child may be suffering from a food allergy, list down everything she eats for a couple of weeks, and her symptoms. But do not get rid foods from her diet before consulting an expert.