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

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Dr. James Fox
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox
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Dr. Stanley Weiss
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Avoid reflux

To complemtn dr. Fox's answer: in addition, anyone with esophogeal reflux ("heartburn") is at increased risk for asthma symptoms.
To reduce the chances for reflux: besides trying to avoid obesity (which can contribute to reflux), avoid clothing about the chest or waist that is too tight.

In brief: Avoid reflux

To complemtn dr. Fox's answer: in addition, anyone with esophogeal reflux ("heartburn") is at increased risk for asthma symptoms.
To reduce the chances for reflux: besides trying to avoid obesity (which can contribute to reflux), avoid clothing about the chest or waist that is too tight.
Dr. Stanley Weiss
Dr. Stanley Weiss
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Dr. Mandakini Patel
eat smaller meals and eat less fatty foods, this may help with the pain from the reflux as well
Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics

In brief: There are none

There are no specific food issues with asthma so allow him to eat anything within reason.

In brief: There are none

There are no specific food issues with asthma so allow him to eat anything within reason.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Asthma gets trigerred or worse with certain food additives like yellow 5, 6 and sulfites so you should avid those.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Avoid Allergens

There are children who have true food allergies, not just intolerances.
With asthma, these foods can trigger an attack.

In brief: Avoid Allergens

There are children who have true food allergies, not just intolerances.
With asthma, these foods can trigger an attack.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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