A Pediatrician on Herbs to Support Children (and Adults) with Asthma
For chronic conditions like asthma, it’s important to take a whole-person approach and investigate all the different factors that play into it. Prognosis varies depending on variables such as exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollution, having other allergies, living in close proximity to allergens such as cockroaches or dust, and having associated gastrointestinal issues, like acid reflux, which can all increase someone’s risk of developing asthma or worsening existing asthma.
Air pollution is a primary driver of asthma, which is particularly problematic for poor households, which are more likely to live near busy roads and highways, as this has been associated with an increased risk of asthma.
One of the most important approaches in treating a child with asthma is to first determine what environmental triggers are in their home and then remove as many of them as possible. It could be stuffed animals, rugs, carpeting, mattresses, or pillows covered in dust or dust mites causing allergies. Allergies and asthma tend to go hand in hand, and allergies can worsen asthma. Bringing air purifiers into the home can help.
Looking into the diet to see if a child is allergic or sensitive to certain foods can also be helpful. Several child patients of mine saw a big difference in their asthma after removing dairy from their diet. I also check to see if children are nutrient sufficient, particularly in vitamin D, magnesium, and zinc. If not, a good daily multivitamin can help.