Asthma in children can create annoying daily symptoms that interfere with play, sports, school, and sleep. Uncontrolled asthma in some children can lead to deadly asthma attacks. Unfortunately, childhood asthma is incurable, and symptoms can persist until adulthood. However, with the correct therapy, you and your kid can keep symptoms under control and protect your child’s developing lungs.
A word on asthma treatments
Asthma treatment for children entails adhering to an action plan prepared in cooperation with your child’s paediatrician. Severe asthmatic attacks necessitate rapid medical intervention and hospitalisation. Never underestimate the severity of asthma! In the event of a typical asthma attack, your child’s paediatrician may advise medication inhalants supplied via:
- Metered-dose inhaler: This is a little handheld device that is commonly used to provide medication for quick relief. In case of an emergency, always keep the inhaler nearby.
- Nebulizer: The meds are administered via a mask that contains the asthma treatments in the form of a mist.
- Dry powder inhalers: Some drugs must be administered through direct inhalation of their powdered form.
In addition to the inhalant provided by your child’s paediatrician, here are a few ways you can help avoid asthma triggers.
At home, keep the air dry
Ascertain that the room atmosphere is as dry as possible. Check with your child’s paediatrician to see whether you can use an air dryer at home.
Maintain clean indoor air
Schedule an annual inspection of your home’s heaters and air conditioners. Professionals can determine if there is a problem with the filtering system used to keep the air clean.
Don’t expose your child to smoke
Make certain that no one is smoking around your youngster. Keep scented candles out of your child’s room and vacuum it daily.
Protect your child from the cold air outside
On the Internet, look for weather predictions and air quality information. If the air quality is poor and the weather is bitterly cold, keep your child indoors. Dress your youngster in woollen clothing to keep them warm while they are outside. Wearing a face mask outside can be beneficial.
Avoid pet fur or feathers
If your child is allergic to dander, keep pets off your child’s bed. Consider installing a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in their bedroom and bathe your pets on a regular basis to keep them clean.
Maintain a regular cleaning schedule
Cleaning your home at least twice a week will help to reduce the amount of dust and allergies in your home. Remove items that collect a lot of dust. Consider replacing specific household goods in your home with dust-free or dust-proof items. Cover the beds and pillows with dust and mite-proof coverings. Take out the carpets in your bedroom.
Keep the air conditioner running
Air conditioning helps to prevent the entry of pollen grains from outside crops into your home. If you do not use air conditioners, closing the windows during pollen season is also beneficial.
Can you treat your child’s asthma with alternative medicine?
Alternative remedies for asthma symptoms have been used for a long time. However, there is a dearth of adequate evidence on such treatment. While some of them, such as non-drug therapy, are usually safe, you can consult with your child’s paediatrician to determine which one is best for them. Breathing exercises are non-drug treatments that are commonly employed in the treatment of asthma patients. These include systematic breathing programs that control the breathing pattern and help with asthma, such as the Buteyko breathing technique, the Papworth method, yoga, and pranayama. Children who are emotionally stressed have more asthma attacks. Teach relaxation techniques such as meditation, hypnosis, and progressive muscle relaxation to your children.