Asthma in Children

Treating Asthma in Children Naturally

Your child gets a cold and soon starts coughing and wheezing; they appear to be having difficulty breathing. You rush him to the emergency room and after several hours, the diagnosis comes back: childhood asthma.

While inhalers are at times medically necessary, there’s a natural approach you should consider before pumping your child full of steroids. Pediatric Chiropractic. For treating asthma? Yes.

While chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for asthma, many children with asthma symptoms enjoy relief from chiropractic care – without the use of drugs.

A Natural Approach To Eliminate the Cause of Childhood Asthma

Managing or controlling asthma symptoms may be fine, and fast-acting asthma inhalers may get you over hump when acute asthma symptoms strike suddenly, but the next attack can occur at any time, without warning. What if someone could locate and correct the cause of your child’s asthma?

Chiropractors realize that controlling symptoms isn’t the same as uncovering and eliminating causes. This is what they strive to do so that your child’s body can heal itself, without steroid medications and asthma inhalers that contain many potentially dangerous side effects.

Choose Natural chiropractors are highly skilled and talented practitioners who know that your child’s body is fully capable of healing itself. However, this is likely only after any interference to nervous system function, the likely cause of your child’s asthma symptoms, is removed.

Chiropractic Locates and Removes Nerve Interference

Interference in the nervous system can occur when a fall, an injury, or some type of accident causes a misalignment of the spine. Spinal misalignment might even occur during the birth process, because of the incredible amount of stress placed on an infant’s neck and spine, particularly when forceps are used. These spinal misalignments interfere with the nerves that exit the spine in the area of the misalignment. When there is nerve interference, the affected part of the body can become dis-eased, causing all types of illnesses, including childhood asthma.

Nothing is more rewarding to a chiropractor than witnessing a child’s body heal itself after a spinal misalignment is located and corrected. Chiropractic seeks to reduce the chances that asthma attacks will occur in the future. When your child’s body is able to heal following chiropractic correction of a spinal misalignment, there is often a corresponding reduction in dependence on asthma medications to control his or her asthma symptoms because the cause (nerve interference) has been eliminated.

Childhood Asthma: The Symptoms

Symptoms of asthma occur when your child’s bronchial passages (airways) become inflamed. This causes them to narrow, making it difficult to get air in and out of the lungs.

Some children with asthma have all of these symptoms; some only wheeze and cough which can lead to a misdiagnosis by your child’s physician. “Hidden asthma” occurs when the typical asthma symptoms are not easily detected; they may only show up when your child engages in physical activity.

Usually a young child will develop a pattern of symptoms over time, which helps with the diagnosis of childhood asthma. When parents start to recognize these patterns, this helps the doctor with the diagnosis as well.

A buildup of mucous in the airways further aggravates your child’s asthma.

Classic childhood asthma symptoms include:

  • Coughing, which may be worse at night, keeping your child from falling or staying asleep
  • Wheezing, a “whistling” sound that occurs when you child breathes air out
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing normally

Other symptoms associated with childhood asthma may be:

  • Trouble breathing after running or active play
  • Coughing that gets worse with a cold or any type of respiratory illness
  • Frequent respiratory infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Trouble nursing or sucking in infants

Childhood Asthma: The Causes

Why do some children get asthma while others do not? Why is it so widespread?

When it comes to causes, more than 50% of all childhood asthma is allergy-related. Cat allergies, in particular, account for 30% of all allergens that trigger childhood asthma. Asthma and allergies are often related to each other, especially in children.

Other risk factors for developing childhood asthma include:

  • Exposure to second-hand smoke before or after birth
  • Living in a congested urban area with smog and air pollution
  • A family history of asthma, allergies or other types of respiratory illnesses
  • Low birth weight
  • Having a mother who smoked during pregnancy
  • Having a mother who used antacid products for heartburn during pregnancy
  • Being born male
  • Being born African American
  • Living in an urban, low-income environment
  • Child not exposed to enough illnesses to gain proper immunity
  • Child not breastfed to gain mother’s immunities
  • Diet – too much fast food, not enough fruits, vegetables, nutrients

No one can say for sure why the incidence of childhood asthma is on the rise worldwide, but many health care professionals and experts believe it has a lot to do with increased childhood exposure to allergens that trigger asthma (smog, pollutants, second-hand smoke, dust mites).

Others believe that vaccinations have kept children from getting most illnesses that build immunities to allergens. As a result, children’s immune systems are deficient and their bodies are not capable of producing enough antibodies to protect them from allergy triggers.

Childhood Asthma: Common Treatments

Because there is no cure for asthma, most parents and medical professionals strive only to manage and control symptoms.

The medical management of asthma involves the use of asthma medications that fall into two categories:

  • Long-term medications that reduce airway inflammation to control asthma symptoms and prevent an asthma attack
  • Asthma “Rescue” inhalers that quickly relieve the acute symptoms of an asthma attack

If childhood asthma is related to allergies that trigger asthma symptoms, immunotherapy, also known as allergy desensitization therapy or allergy shots, may be recommended as well.

Childhood Asthma: The Symptoms

Symptoms of asthma occur when your child’s bronchial passages (airways) become inflamed. This causes them to narrow, making it difficult to get air in and out of the lungs.

Some children with asthma have all of these symptoms; some only wheeze and cough which can lead to a misdiagnosis by your child’s physician. “Hidden asthma” occurs when the typical asthma symptoms are not easily detected; they may only show up when your child engages in physical activity.

Usually a young child will develop a pattern of symptoms over time, which helps with the diagnosis of childhood asthma. When parents start to recognize these patterns, this helps the doctor with the diagnosis as well.

A buildup of mucous in the airways further aggravates your child’s asthma.

Classic childhood asthma symptoms include:

  • Coughing, which may be worse at night, keeping your child from falling or staying asleep
  • Wheezing, a “whistling” sound that occurs when you child breathes air out
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath, trouble breathing normally

Other symptoms associated with childhood asthma may be:

  • Trouble breathing after running or active play
  • Coughing that gets worse with a cold or any type of respiratory illness
  • Frequent respiratory infections, such as pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Trouble nursing or sucking in infants

Childhood Asthma: The Causes

Why do some children get asthma while others do not? Why is it so widespread?

When it comes to causes, more than 50% of all childhood asthma is allergy-related. Cat allergies, in particular, account for 30% of all allergens that trigger childhood asthma. Asthma and allergies are often related to each other, especially in children.

Other risk factors for developing childhood asthma include:

  • Exposure to second-hand smoke before or after birth
  • Living in a congested urban area with smog and air pollution
  • A family history of asthma, allergies or other types of respiratory illnesses
  • Low birth weight
  • Having a mother who smoked during pregnancy
  • Having a mother who used antacid products for heartburn during pregnancy
  • Being born male
  • Being born African American
  • Living in an urban, low-income environment
  • Child not exposed to enough illnesses to gain proper immunity
  • Child not breastfed to gain mother’s immunities
  • Diet – too much fast food, not enough fruits, vegetables, nutrients

No one can say for sure why the incidence of childhood asthma is on the rise worldwide, but many health care professionals and experts believe it has a lot to do with increased childhood exposure to allergens that trigger asthma (smog, pollutants, second-hand smoke, dust mites).

Others believe that vaccinations have kept children from getting most illnesses that build immunities to allergens. As a result, children’s immune systems are deficient and their bodies are not capable of producing enough antibodies to protect them from allergy triggers.

Childhood Asthma: Common Treatments

Because there is no cure for asthma, most parents and medical professionals strive only to manage and control symptoms.

The medical management of asthma involves the use of asthma medications that fall into two categories:

  • Long-term medications that reduce airway inflammation to control asthma symptoms and prevent an asthma attack
  • Asthma “Rescue” inhalers that quickly relieve the acute symptoms of an asthma attack

If childhood asthma is related to allergies that trigger asthma symptoms, immunotherapy, also known as allergy desensitization therapy or allergy shots, may be recommended as well.

Restore Your Child’s Health Naturally

Do you want to get off the asthma medication merry-go-round? Do you want to give your child his or her best shot at a healthy life? Then, please, pick up the phone and give a local chiropractor in your neighborhood a call.

Talk to the doctor about your child’s asthma symptoms and ask about his or her experience in helping children with asthma. Ask to see testimonials or to talk with another parent who has had a child with asthma.

There are no guarantees in any health care profession, but our chiropractors can certainly share stories of miraculous healing that occurred in children and adults with safe and natural chiropractic care. Choose natural. Choose chiropractic!

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