My little one is the best thing that has happened to me! With each passing day, she is growing up and I am enthralled and happy to see her developments. While she is developing well and crossing all her milestones, there is one thing I constantly worry about. While she is out playing with other kids and is exposed to the environment, there is a lot that can hamper her health. One such condition is asthma.
Asthma is a condition that can affect my little one at any age. Predominantly the first 5 years of her life is crucial when asthma can attack her.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory condition that is characterized by difficulty in breathing. This happens due to the inflammation of the airways in the lungs. Resulting in narrowing down the airways, this reaction can be mild to severe.
There are several factors which can cause inflammation in the airways inside the lungs. A simple allergic reaction due to pollens and spores in the environment can cause a severe asthma attack. Other triggers for this reaction can be due to dust, smoke, perfume and viral infections.
Symptoms of Asthma in Children
Well, the early detection of asthma in children is tricky. It will often superimpose with the common cold and flu. Nevertheless, there are a few signs that we as mothers should watch out for. Paying close attention can help our children get help sooner!
- A cough: This is a rather common condition in most of our children. But, if the spells of coughing are frequent enough, it would mean something. Asthma is characterized by a frequent cough at night, during playtime or during loud laughing sessions.
- Energy: I am curious about my child’s energy during play time. A consistent dip in the same will alert me! Look for these lesser energy periods during your little one’s playtime. If the energy is dipping, consulting your pediatrician is a good idea.
- Complaints: Ask your little one if her chest is hurting or if she is feeling a bit tight in the chest after a run. This is a pre-check to see if she can hold the air inside her and is not suffering a lot.
- Wheezing: The whistle noise is a definite sign of asthma. If the whistle is repeated, your little one would need immediate help.
Treating Asthma in Children
Unfortunately, if your little one is diagnosed with this condition then there are certain steps that you should take to help your child. Your little one would need you the most now and you need to step up to meet her needs. The following tips will help you deal with asthma:
- Avoid the Triggers: Controlling asthma triggers will help majorly. Keep your house clean always to avoid dust accumulation. Let your pet stay at a distance as pet hair is a major contributor to asthma. Vacuuming the carpets is again a better practice. Keep checking the weather report to avoid going out on days when pollens are more in the environment.
- Medication: Quick-relief medications are available for your little one if they are not suffering from frequent attacks. If the attacks are frequent, regular medicines in terms of corticosteroids will help your little one. Allergy shots are also available for your little one. These shots will provide immediate relief to allergic reactions if your little one has them.
- Inhaler: Keep her inhaler always handy. One good practice would be to keep an extra one always. This will give immediate relief at severe conditions and emergencies.
Is Asthma in Children Curable?
Yes, it is! Doctors believe that most of it will disappear as your little one grows up and will be able to hold more air in the lungs and compensate for any loss. The available medications are only for symptomatic relief.
Also, homeopathy claims to cure childhood asthma completely. Homeopathy will take into account the symptoms and the family history if any. This will direct the medication and treatment towards curing asthma completely. Homeopathic medicines will try to keep your little one safe from allergies. Too many allergic reactions in your little one will make them prone to asthma.
Health issues are a part of your little one’s growing up. You are a great mom and all of us are! We can help our children deal with all these health issues easily.