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What foods should I give my child with asthma?

What foods 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 more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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


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Can anybody tell what foods should not be given to my child with asthma?

Can anybody tell what foods should not be given to my child with asthma?

Allergies..:: The only foods to avoid are foods that the child is allergic to that trigger bronchospasm or anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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What are the do's and dont's on food intake for a child with asthma?

What are the do's and dont's on food intake for a child with asthma?

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 more

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Will giving coconut oil to a child with asthma have any affect on him? Is it healthy to replace cooking oils with coconut oils?

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

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What are the different symptoms of a child with asthma?

What are the different symptoms of a child with asthma?

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 more

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Should a child with asthma sleep in a basement?

Should a child with asthma sleep in a basement?

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 more

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What is it like for a child with asthma?

Hard to breathe: Pretend someone is giving you a very tight bear hug. It is hard to breathe and can be frightening to a child ...Read more

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Is it okay to have cats if you have a child with asthma?

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 more

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Do dogs badly affect the condition of a child with asthma?

Do dogs badly affect the condition of a child with asthma?

If Allergic-Sure: Allergies are a major trigger of asthma. If your child is allergic to the dog, you are asking for trouble! ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a child with asthma smoke 1 cigarette?

Please tell me, could a child with asthma smoke 1 cigarette?

Whether they have: Asthma or not, they should not smoke one cigarette. It is much more harmful to children than to adults, especially to children. Please avoid! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more