Asthma (or Bronchial Asthma) simply is basically an inflammatory lung disease, that makes breathing difficult. Thus restrict one from doing many physical activities. Over the years it has become a very common disease, especially in children. Asthma is a respiratory disease and is happens when the lining of lungs that passes the air swell and the muscles around these linings become stiff. When Asthma becomes more severe then it also causes ‘attacks‘ which are very dangerous and life-threatening. In this article, we will cover all the details you need to know about Asthma in children and will also go through the home remedies that can cure it and can help at the times of attacks.
But what causes it and how it’s becoming so common?
There are various reasons which can cause Asthma but mainly they are genetics and pollution. Ask your child not to play in the dust if he/she is allergic. Alongside, these Asthma is also caused by viral infections that occur during childhood and contact with allergens.
Asthma targets a lot of children these days as pollution has grown to a large extent. Polluted particles in the air enter the lungs and cause asthma. Furthermore, if predecessors in the family had asthma then their children are likely to get affected too. Asthma can also occur if someone was affected by a viral infection during childhood as the infection might have affected the lungs. Also, obesity is another reason behind asthma.
You can detect Asthma before it gets severe, all you need to do is look for some signs. These include coughing a lot at night, shortness in breath as you do physical tasks and thus its causing fatigue. If you have these symptoms from a long time you must consult your doctor. Asthma can be treated but it is a very long term process. Its treatment includes various respiratory exercises and medication that also includes the inhaling pump that you see wherever anything is related to asthma. But all of these are long term methods that are supported by various home remedies that we are mentioning here.
Rub a mixture of camphor and mustard oil over your chest, it will give relief to Asthma. Use warm oil it will be more effective for the cure.
Eucalyptus oil can be used as a home remedy for Asthma. This is very strong oil and aal you have to do is take its steam with boiling water. Inhaling its steam will help you clear nasal blockages and will make breathing easy.
Figs are also very effective against asthma. All you have to do is take dry figs and keep them in water overnight. In the morning drink that water and consume the figs. Figs are good for your health and will also help you in the treatment of Asthma.
Ginger is very good for a person’s health. Take ginger and honey and consume them two or three times a day. It will help you fight from cough and it is a home remedy for asthma.
Introduce some coffee into your diet. Coffee can be used to treat asthma too. But do not exceed your dosage more than 2 cups a day it can be very harmful too.
Omega-3 fatty acid serves various good purposes in your body. Omega-3 can cure heart diseases, depression, and asthma. Omega-3 is usually found in fish and chia seeds. But you can also consume them using supplements too.
Always sit in upright position, try not to bend your back too much. Sitting in a well-postured position enables one to maintain the air flow through the lungs and thus one can avoid Asthma.
You can use these home remedies to keep asthma at its bay. All of them will surely help in the management of disease and will go with medication to cure it. Alongside these, there are some breathing exercises that you can do to cure it.
- Belly Breathing technique: Inhale from your nose and expand your stomach as you breathe and then exhale slowly with your belly pushing inward. It maximizes air distribution through the lungs.
- Pursed Lips Technique: This technique is used during attacks. Inhale by your nose very slowly and exhale through pursed lips. This helps a patient to breath during attacks.
Here is list of items that an asthma patient should or should not take.
WHOLESOME DIET: old brown rice, horse gram, rice gruel, garlic, tomato, eggplant, green beans, cucumber, Terminalia chebula, goat’s milk, honey, black pepper, lukewarm water, day time sleeping, carrots, idli, corn flakes, biscuits, warm drinks like tea-coffee-soup, bread sandwich, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin, spinach, methi, salad, avocado, apple, mango, papaya, banana, turmeric, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, breathing exercises, walking, use of humidifier, eat frequent and small meals and take early dinner.
UNWHOLESOME DIET: deep fried, sour food/fruits, chickpea flour, curd, potato, sweet potato, okra, mustard leaves, buffalo milk, ghee, fish, cold water/season, suppression of natural urges, excess physical/mental exertion, avoid sleep for at least 2 hours after meal, jaggery, red chili, eggs, chickpea, bottled lemon/lime juice, dry fruits, peanuts, acidic fruits, carbonated beverages, salt.
Asthma is becoming common and more common every day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 American child out of 12 has asthma and approximately 27 million Americans have asthma. This is happening because of increasing pollution. But there are many ways to avoid it too. You should stay out smoggy areas and if you are going their ensure that you are wearing a mask. Furthermore, do regular exercises and keep your body in motion because obesity is one of the major reason behind Asthma. But once one gets affected by it becomes really hard to cure it completely, these home remedies will surely help your child to keep it at bay. But we recommend to avoid it in any way possible. A child should get proper treatment for it because this disease necessarily needs medication and all of the above home remedies are supplementary. These remedies will definitely help but one should take precautions before this life-threatening disease catches him/her.
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