Pediatric Asthma – How You Can Handle It
It is very difficult for a parent to cope with a child who is suffering from pediatric asthma. Not only is the disease very scary, it also puts great emotional pressure on the parents because children do not always know how to express themselves and/or ask for help when required. Hence, till the child becomes responsible, the parent(s) have to be on their toes, monitoring the well being of the child at all times, whether awake or asleep.
There a growing incidence of asthmatic children throughout the world – maybe, owing to the growing global pollution. The plus point in this scenario is that doctors, teachers and caretakers are now more aware about the disease then they ever wear before. They are also helpful and prepared to assist the parent to attend to the child till the child is self-sufficient.
Prevention of a Pediatric Asthma Attack
An asthma attack can be a nightmarish experience. Depending upon the circumstances it can leave you totally shaken. It is more traumatic when the victim of the attack is a child who does not know how to react or what is happening to him or her. This is why parents are almost paranoid about their babies and toddlers who have been diagnosed with asthma.
It is of course, advisable, to prevent any attack and spare the child the horrible experience. Prevention of pediatric asthma is possible only if the house is made totally asthma trigger proof. The triggers would include amongst others, pollen, animal dander (no pets in the house), mold (air clothes constantly and air rooms regularly), cold drafts (ensure that the child is always protected from cold), sudden emotional upheavals (do not berate or threaten the child), strong food smells, dust mites (use only dust-proof mattresses and pillows), heavy exercise (do not permit the child to exercise too much), cigarette smoke (do not allow people to smoke around the child).
There are many natural cures available for pediatric asthma, which the parents can experience from time to time and see if anything suits the child. They can also use alternative medicine such as homeopathy, hypnosis, ayurvedic medicines, herbs, etc. You will have to be very careful however, that the treatment you choose will not aggravate the pediatric asthma any further.
Having your child wear a medical ID bracelet or tag is a great idea because it could help in situations when your child is unable to talk.