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What Type Of Food Should I Give My Child With Asthma
No specific foods: There is no age of the child listed, but in general, no foods are harmful or helpful for children with asthma. Obviously, avoid any foods your child has been shown to be specifically allergic to by his physician. Some general nutritional factors have been shown to be important in asthma, particularly obesity. Vitamin d deficiency may also contribute to worsening asthma control. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
Avoid obesity: Unless there are demonstrated food allergies (which usually are associated with hives and gastrointestinal symptoms), no specific diet is required. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to avoid milk products. There is a linkage betweed obesity and asthma, and a exercise and a diet that maintains proper weight are encouraged. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will giving coconut oil to a child with asthma have any affect on him? Is it healthy to replace cooking oils with coconut oils?
Coconut oil: Coconut oil is one if the few oils that doesn't degrade to less healthy by-products under high temperatures. It also is felt to have some anti fungal and antibacterial properties. As long as a person is not allergic to coconut, it would be unlikely to trigger asthma symptoms. ...Read more
Cough and wheeze: Frequent cough and wheeze are the most typical symptoms in a child with asthma. Tthese symptoms will usually be worse at night and with viral colds. Less common symptoms of asthma include chest pain and chest tightness especially with activity. In children above 5 years of age, lung function testing is very helpful to diagnose asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Although the particular environment of your basement is not known, in general, it is not a good idea for children with asthma to sleep in a basement, especially on the floor. More humid environments promote much more dust mite and mold growth. Moist, humid environments are known to be associated with more respiratory symptoms in children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Asthma and allergy experts have been telling parents for decades that having pets (especially cats) at home is not good for children with asthma. That advice is still very true for the asthmatic child who is allergic to pets (>50%). Interestingly, more recent information has shown that if a child is born into a household with 2 or more pets, they are less likely to develop allergies and asthma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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