How Could You Prevent Asthma Symptoms in Children?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the airways in the lungs. According to research, more than 20 million Americans, including children, suffer from this condition. While asthma is not curable, there are certain methods that help to control the symptoms and even prevent their development in children. We will describe some of them bellow.
#1: Increase Your Vitamin D Intake
Based on a study published a year ago in the UK, oral vitamin D supplements combined with standard asthma medication can provide additional benefits for people who are dealing with mild to moderate asthma symptoms. Researchers found that among people taking vitamin D supplements, the risk of developing a moderate asthma attack (that requires steroid treatment) decreased by 30 percent, while the risk of severe attacks (that require emergency room assistance) decreased by 50 percent.
#2: Keep Your Weight Healthy
Another 2017 study published in Japan found that asthma symptoms in children tend to get more severe because of obesity. The study involved almost 40,000 of three- to eight-year-old kids affected by asthma. The research found that compared to kids who had a normal weight, obese children were at a higher risk for repeated asthma-related hospital admissions, as well as longer hospital stays.
#3: Consider Getting a Dog
According to researchers at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), children who grow up in a household with dogs are at a lower risk for developing asthma and eczema. Thus, children, whose mothers were in contact with dogs every day during pregnancy, are less likely to develop eczema by the age of two years. Besides, asthma symptoms were found to be managed better in children with asthma and dog allergies who were exposed to bacteria carried by dogs.
#4: Enrich Your Diet with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Researchers also found that pregnant women eating fish or taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements are both likely to protect their children from asthma. In one of the studies, pregnant women in their third semester took omega-3 fatty acids every day. In another study, pregnant women, also in their third semester, took either fish oil, olive oil placebo, or ate fish. As a result, children whose mothers consumed omega-3 fatty acids every day during the third trimester (whether from fish or fish oil) were at a lower risk for breathing problems.
#5: Quit Smoking
According to a 2018 study, smoking during pregnancy may be more dangerous for children than exposing them to tobacco smoke in childhood. The study looked at children from 6 to 11 years of age. It found little association between exposure to the smoke and airway obstruction. However, when it comes to exposure to tobacco smoke during pregnancy, the chances of developing airway obstruction in the lungs are 2.5 times higher among children with asthma.