The pollution that is
increasing at an alarming rate has led to an increase in the cases of asthma in
children. Take a quick look at the causes and symptoms of asthma in children
and some tips for helping children deal with
The air that children are
breathing these days is filled with lot of impurities. Breathing impure air
causes children to inhale harmful contaminants which are responsible for asthma
and other respiratory disorders in
What is the cause of
Asthma is an allergic
reaction that occurs when your child inhales allergens like pollen, dust,
feathers or fungal spores. The allergy affects the lining of the air passage.
begins to wheeze and her immunity to infection
is reduced. When she has an asthma attack, the lining of the air passages goes
into spasm and large amounts of mucus are secreted. Your child will find it
difficult to breathe. She may become pale and her lips might turn blue.
What do I do if my child has
You should consult a
doctor or a specialist. The first thing the doctor will attempt to do is to
isolate the cause of the attacks. He will probably do this by exposing your
child to a range of possible allergens. Once you have identified the particular
allergen responsible for your child's attacks, your task becomes much simpler.
You merely have to take all possible steps to avoid your child's exposure to
the allergen. For instance, if your child is allergic
to dust, keep furnishings, carpeting and curtains free from dust. In addition,
keep your house dry as dust mites flourish in damp
Can asthma be linked to emotional
Yes. Some asthmatic children are extremely
sensitive. Conflict or stress in their lives can trigger off asthma attacks. If
there are indications that emotional factors may have an influence on your
child's asthma, try to keep the home environment stable and conflict-free. Do
all you can to minimize stress in your child's life. Such children need a lot
of love and attention.
However, there is no need to go
overboard. Do not treat your child like an invalid. Do not be too over-protective.
If you give your child the impression that everything must come to a standstill
every time she has an attack, she will learn to use the attacks to manipulate
you and get her own way.
How to prevent asthma in
Although, there are no
specific ways in which asthma can be prevented in children, there are some
remedies which can be followed to reduce the chances of acquiring it. Let us
take a look at the preventive measures that can be
Avoid smoking in front of children. Second hand smoke
can also increase the chances of asthma
Avoid taking children to areas
where there is a lot of industrial or other smoke.
Avoid burning loban or essence
sticks in your childâ€™s room
Repair the leakages
Get the servicing of your
air-conditioners and humidifiers at right time.
Ask your child to stay away from
the smoky areas.
Use air-purifier at
Precautions can be taken by pregnant women as well for
reducing the risk of asthma in unborn children. The risk of asthma is higher in
children whose mothers smoked while they were pregnant. Therefore, women must
avoid smoking during pregnancy in order to protect children from the risks like
asthma and other health disorders. It is also very important for pregnant women
to be away from pollution. Breathing polluted air containing harmful
contaminants during pregnancy can increase the risk of asthma and other health
disorders in the unborn child.
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