Dr. Daniel Olivero, MD., Pediatric Doctor in Port Matilda PA
You want to do everything you can to help your asthmatic child, and you know one of the best things your child can do is carry their inhaler with them. But you may be wondering whether there’s more you can do for your child. There is indeed more you can do, and we at Olivero Pediatrics would like to tell you about it. So what helps asthma without an inhaler? Read on to find out. We are conveniently located at 1243 Skytop Mountain Rd. Suite 4, Port Matilda, PA 16870. Call us for more information or request an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
Can certain foods help with asthma?
Can yoga help with asthma?
What helps an asthma attack without an inhaler?
What medications can help with asthma?
Do you offer asthma treatment near me?
There’s an increasing amount of evidence that suggests certain foods can help to control asthma. One example is ginger. Researchers found that ginger, when combined with commonly used inhaled medications, enhances airway dilation. It is believed that the ginger reduces the contraction of the muscles surrounding the airways.
A study showed that omega-3 fatty acids may help patients be less reliant on rescue medications, and improve quality of life. It’s easy to get more foods high in these fats. Sources include walnuts (be careful about nut allergies, though), salmon, pumpkin seeds, and more.
Additionally, it may help your child to get more vitamin B6. It has been shown to help with breathing early in the morning and reduce acute wheezing episodes, and it’s especially beneficial for patients who are dependent on a steroid for their asthma.
It may also help your child to increase their intake of vitamin C. Studies showed that this reduced episodes of wheezing in children.
You may want to talk to a professional before incorporating new foods into your child’s diet.
It can, yes. In studies, the deep breathing in yoga was shown to reduce hyperventilation and improve symptoms and outcomes, especially during attacks. It may be possible to teach your child these breathing exercises and some basic yoga. Reach out to us here at Olivero Pediatrics if you’d like to learn more about yoga for your child’s asthma.
If your child has an asthma attack but doesn’t have their rescue inhaler, it can help your child if they:
– Sit up straight to help keep the airway open (your child shouldn’t lie down)
– Remain calm (distraction with TV or music can help)
– Try to breathe slowly and steadily (yoga breathing techniques and other techniques can help)
– Move away from triggers like cigarette smoke, etc.
Call 911 when it’s necessary. You should ask a professional when it may be necessary to call 911 during an asthma attack.
Asthma attacks, airway inflammation, and other issues can be controlled or prevented in many cases. Certain medications can be taken every day, like inhaled corticosteroids and leukotriene modifiers. These can help a child live more easily with their asthma and live a more active life. Of course, rescue inhalers will help too, and can be vital for a child.
Please keep in mind that asthma requires professional care and support, so diet, exercise, and the other self-care methods we mentioned aren’t adequate for managing the condition. The services of a professional are necessary. Also, it’s important to consult a professional before beginning any treatment methods like the ones we mentioned.
We offer many treatments and techniques for managing asthma here at Olivero Pediatrics. To learn more about them, reach out to us today. Our clinic is located at 1243 Skytop Mountain Rd. Suite 4, Port Matilda, PA 16870, and you can reach us at (814) 256-4466. You’re also welcome to make a consultation or appointment with us, if you like!
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need more advice about how to help your child with their asthma!