Are their natural ways to treat pediatric asthma?
Do you know?
Asthma accounts for about loss of 10 million school days per year of the children aged 5 to 17.
Pediatric asthma is one of the most serious illnesses among children. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder of airways that involved the disturbance of airflow.
Some children show the symptoms only while playing or exercising, also known as exercise-induced bronchospasm. Children asthma like adult asthma can’t be cured, but can be controlled.
What are symptoms find in a child suffered from asthma?
It is a high-pitched whistling sound produced by airflow turbulence while exhalation.
This symptom is nonproductive and comes along with wheezing.
c) Chest tightness
Some children also feel chest tightness in this problem while night or exercising.
Other than that child also get –
- Cough while sleeping
- Respiratory rate can higher than 30 breaths/minute
- Heart rate can higher than 120 beat/minute
In acute asthma, these symptoms of pediatric asthma can also vary as per the severity of the infection.
With imminent respiratory arrest, a child start feeling breathlessness during rest, start to talk in words, usually get agitated and always sit upright.
However, adolescents don’t arrest in such situations unless they caught in problems like respiratory failure.
Therefore keep a keen eye on your children, if they produce any of these symptoms and check whether it is pediatric asthma or not.
Now, what if your child is suffered from this severe pediatric asthma?
Obviously you will go to and will start the treatment. But don’t forget there are some natural ways as well which you can try to get benefits out of them.
What are these natural ways to treat pediatric asthma?
Are you got amazed that asthma can also managed using natural ways? Then yes you are right.
From changing lifestyle pattern to your diet, all helps to control pediatric asthma.
Let’s explore these in deep –
This is one of the best ways to control the problem of asthma. If your child is able to do some light yoga exercises, then they must try these to lower the symptoms of asthma.
This asana is also known as breath of fire. It comprises exhalation and inhalation to give all body organs the enough oxygen to strengthen lungs.
Anulom Vilom Pranayama
This is one of the easiest yoga exercise which helps to circulate the oxygen throughout the body in efficient manners.
This exercise is very helpful to improve the functioning of lungs.
It is also known as alternative breathing technique. For this, close your eyes, breathe from left nostril closing the right nostril with thumb and then, breathe out from right nostril by closing left nostril with ring and middle finger. Afterwards, do vice versa.
These two are the best yoga exercises during asthma.
Yes, acupuncture is also very efficient in managing pediatric asthma. As per scientific research, this Chinese technique helps to improve the asthma symptoms by enhancing the lung functioning and circulation of oxygen.
c) Nutritional support
As per many studies, nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin A, C, E and D all are good to control problem of asthma. Try to eat those fruits which contain these nutrients.
d) Omega 3 rich food
Soybeans, walnuts, canola oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, sardines, mackerel, cod liver and salmon.
Citrus fruits, dark leafy green vegetables, berries, banana, apple, mushrooms, eggs, peas and winter squash.
Seafood, legumes, nuts & seeds, fruits, whole grains, baked beans, dark chocolate and tofu etc.
These are the food items you should include in your diet as these makes you healthy and fit.
Except these, there are some spices and herbs which also efficient to keep you away from the allergic triggers that cause asthma.
g) Ginger and Garlic
These are potent anti-inflammatory herbs, very efficient in reducing inflammation and help to cut the pediatric asthma related allergic reactions.
h) Echinacea and Licorice
These herbal solutions also show significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These reduces the symptoms of asthma in kids along with improving the lung functioning.
i) Steam Bath
Well, it can sound very wired but yes, Steam bath do help in reducing the signs of pediatric asthma as somewhere, it helps to reduces the nasal congestion that continuously irritate your airways.
Along with these natural ways, also try to avoid stress, and try deep abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and biofeedback.
So, do keep these things in mind and must try because these simple things can make a drastic change in your child asthma condition.
FAQ’s Related to Pediatric Asthma
What are the triggers of pediatric asthma?
- Cigarette Smoking
- Cold weather
- Respiratory Infections
- Fumes, Deodorants or other odors
What are the common asthma allergens?
Allergies can occur from pollens of weeds, trees and grasses, spores, pet danger, food items or dust.
For more: Treatment for Asthma
Dr. Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1 Lakh Plus patients worldwide.