Published: 08/20/2010 - Updated: 10/02/2018
Author: K. Laura Garcés G
Helping a child with asthma to recover is perhaps the intention that people around the kid have. There are many ways to support not only reducing symptoms, but recovery or cure of this condition, the key point is to know exactly what is this condition so we can help with more awareness and knowledge.
What is asthma?
The word asthma originates from a Greek word meaning panting. Asthma is a disability that doesn’t let you breathe properly.
What happens in the body of a person with asthma?
In a healthy person, when inhaled air passes through the lungs through the airways called bronchioles. The lungs contain millions of bronchioles, which lead to the alveoli, which are microscopic sacs that perform the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
In a person with asthma, the airways undergo certain changes when exposed to allergens or other environmental factors that cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and / or shortness of breath (dyspnea).
Asthma and Allergy
People with asthma are allergic individuals, i.e. they will react more sensitive than usual, even exaggerated, to external factors. This is the main cause that makes an asthmatic child cannot breathe. Why? Because the immune system recognizes certain harmless substances as dangerous there in the environment.
The airways narrow in asthmatic children
The airways, in a normal person, respond by narrowing when exposed to allergens or irritants, however, can breathe deeply relaxing the airways and making it flow oxygen, their breathing is not obstructed. On the other hand, in asthmatics, the airways that are clogged do not relax, this is what causes wheezing and a feeling of suffocation, because the airways become inflamed in response to system immune, recognizing that some danger is present and defend the airways swelling to keep out the alleged danger. In this defense, the airways fill with thick, sticky mucus, which gives the symptom of wheezing or coughing up phlegm.
Symptoms of an asthmatic child
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
Causes of asthma
- Weakened immune system
- A diet deficient in nutrients and high in toxic or harmful substances such as sugar, processed foods and refined or added by contaminants
- One of the causes of allergies is offering this food to babies before the year: cereals, meat, sausages, refined sugars or cow's milk.
- The overuse of antibiotics, especially if taken during the first years of life
- Genetic predisposition
- Infants who drink mother’s milk have much less chance of getting allergies and asthma than babies fed with formula
- Emotional Causes, an environment where the child experience irritation or excessive care and overprotection especially by the mother. Fighting for breath is a symptom that is associated with an atmosphere of emotional suffocation.
Home Remedies for Child with Asthma
- The diet is of vital importance. It requires removal of all such products as listed above that saturate the body of morbid or harmful substances. The sugar, soda, cheese, animal milks, and refined bread bakery.
- You should try to get kids to eat slowly, to chew well and not eat in a hurry.
- Do not have dinner before bedtime, the best dinner time is two hours before, a light dinner as eating an apple or a fresh vegetable juice.
- Avoid smoking near the asthmatic or lighting incense and spraying insecticides. Cold air or sudden temperature changes can affect asthma.
- Children with asthma should drink at least 2 liters of pure water a day, avoiding sugary drink.
- Avoid overreacting when the child has a seizure. The best thing is to stay calm and relaxed as our emotional attitude influence children. Our fear or apprehension transmits in the kids feelings of anxiety about not being able to breathe.
- Garlic is one of the quintessential natural remedies, natural antibiotic, is the most requested and effective. Having a bit of minced garlic fasting greatly helps boost the body's defenses and combat the symptoms.
- Take honey and propolis: These products have a wide variety of skills to combat asthma. Inhaling 100% honey is said to help unclog the airways.
- Turmeric is a natural remedy considered an effective remedy for bronchial asthma. A very effective remedy is to add in half a glass of almond milk and ½ tsp of turmeric powder. Give a warm drink during the day, trying it on an empty stomach.
- If your child has a sore back or chest, help by massaging with mustard oil mixed with little camphor. It will help you breathe easier.
- Emotional atmosphere at home: as explained, stifling emotional atmosphere is often one of the deeper causes of asthma. Avoid overprotection, have more confidence that your kid’s body has a self-healing power that only requires that we let it flow from very simple habits such as diet, for example. Do not harass the child with much care.
Some asthma medications are taken orally, but most are inhaled. The use of inhalation devices can pose special problems in some children. Most children over five years can use an inhaler, which allows that a precise dose of medication is delivered directly to the lungs, but adults should monitor this administration. Avoid drugs, sometimes help in critical cases, but abusing them weakens the body's natural responses.
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