How scary is an asthma attack?

I use to stay up at night, wondering if my son was still breathing and worried with guilt. 

“What was I doing wrong?”

Does this sound familiar?

You’ve tried everything for asthma, but have you considered your child’s gut health?

Here’s the thing – these asthma symptoms may have started when your child was young.  Colic, eczema, and seasonal allergies are all contributors of “asthma-like” breathing.

But hang on…

**Always use an inhaler as suggested by your doctor and see my precautions below as to when to call the doctor.  Plus, you would never use these remedies with an acute asthma attack. *

So what can you do about asthma?

In this post, I’m going to share how we stopped all our medications for asthma-like breathing by addressing my child’s gut health.

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First, what is asthma?

Asthma usually occurs when a substance, that the body sees is a foreign invader creates an overreaction of the body’s own immune system.

During an asthma attack, spasms in the muscles surround the bronchi (small airways in the lungs) constrict and impede the outward passage of air.

Typical symptoms are:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breathing and chest tightening
  • it can last for a few minutes or several hours
  • always use the medicine suggested by your doctor for an asthma attack

70% of children with allergies also have asthma – Dr. Aviva Romm

What types of asthma are there?

Types of asthma are allergic and non-allergic; although the two often occur together.

Common asthma provoking allergens include:

  • animal dander
  • cockroach droppings – children in city living have higher incidents of asthma
  • pollens
  • mold
  • pet dander
  • chemicals
  • drugs
  • dust mites
  • environmental pollutants – The Amish environment provides protection against asthma. ²
  • feathers
  • food additives
  • seafood
  • dairy products
  • nuts
  • yeast-based foods
  • fumes
  • mold
  • tobacco smoke/fireplace

Factors that trigger nonallergic asthma attacks include:

  • adrenal disorders
  • anxiety
  • temperature changes – cold weather
  • exercise
  • extreme dryness or humidity
  • fear
  • laughing
  • low blood sugar
  • stress
  • viral infection
  • gut health ¹

Gut health & asthma

  • We know children born via C-section have lower levels of healthy gut bacteria likeasthma Escherichia coli, Bifidobacterium, and Bacteroides ¹
  • Which can create what’s called gut dysbiosis; the bacteria in your child’s gut becomes unbalanced
  • And.. some moms cannot breastfeed for the suggested 6-9 months and begin adding alternative milk, that does not provide the necessary fatty acids that protect against allergies and asthma
  • This imbalance continues into your child’s early life due to diet {or lack of probiotics} and increased antibiotic use.
  • This gut imbalance has also been connected to eczema
  • Asthma development is also associated with respiratory tract infections when children are young

Asthma Prevention Natural

**Please keep in mind, you should continue to use all medications until you and your pediatrician decide it is safe to come off all medications.**

Step #1 Remove all allergens

  • Has your child been tested for allergies? If so, have you removed all allergens big and small? For example, my son has a small allergy to wheat, dairy, red dye, and cockroaches. The allergist suggested not to remove these foods, but when he eats them his immune system is lower and he gets sick more often.  PLUS, he has a nagging cough.  When he is mostly gluten and dairy-free, he doesn’t have a nagging cough and he thrives with health. So even if the food sensitivity is small, try removing this form your child’s diet.
    • milk and dairy
    • eggs
    • chocolate
    • soy
    • nuts
    • wheat {gluten is linked to nagging cough, see source}
    • corn

Step #2 Reduce Toxins In Your Environment

  • Use a Hepa Air Purifier: A HEPA filter is a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.
  • Use dust covers on pillows and bedding
  • Use natural cleaning products
  • Remove foods from plastic as soon as you get them home
  • Have your child drink out of a stainless steel water cup and clean any straws often
  • Consider a filter for your water system

Step #3 Reduce Stress

  • Encourage herbal teas and wind-down activities- like yoga- to reduce stress

Step #4 Improve Your Child’s Diet

  • Encourage a rainbow of foods or sneak them in with smoothies
  • To support detoxification look for foods with vitamins a, e and c
    • Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin helps the heart, kidneys, and lungs work properly. Vitamin A can be found in:
      • cod liver oil {the #1 source}
      • eggs
      • orange and yellow vegetables
    • Vitamin E supports immune function and reduces inflammation
      • add foods with seeds like sunflower, almonds, peanuts, avocado, and spinach
    • Vitamin C
      • rose hips
      • broccoli, cauliflower and green and red peppers
      • or add 500mg of buffered Vitamin C to reduce exercise-induced asthma

Supplements to reduce asthma attack

  • B6 supplements
  • omega 3 anti-inflammatory reduce air inflammation
    • salmon, sardines, and herring
    • nordic naturals 2x day
  • zinc 5-15 mg day- helps prevent UR infections, higher risk for asthma
    • 100-400mg glycinate day

Step #5 Reduce Medications

  • reduce the need for antibiotics

Step #6 Integrate Botanicals

Read this post to uncover my favorite botanicals that have helped us reduce medications for asthma:https://taragregorio.com/7-supplements-your-child-needs-to-reduce-allergies/

Step #7 Heal your child’s Gut

Read this post to discover the medications affecting your child’s gut and how to heal it:https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-reduces-childrens-food-sensitivities/

How to cure asthma naturally permanently

Work on healing your child’s gut, removing triggers in the environment, and reduce medications can help reduce asthma symptoms.

When to call the doctor

  • Always air on the side of caution and trust your momma instincts when your child does not feel well
  • If something doesn’t feel right, go to the ER right away
  • Always use your child’s inhaler; as directed by your doctor
  • TRUE food allergies; need medical care ALWAYS
  • Warning signs for allergic reactions:
    • blue lips
    • difficulty breathing or speaking
    • change in voice
    • swelling of lips and tongue
    • exposure to true food allergy
    • fainting, weakness, severe abdominal pain
    • as well as.. high fevers and screaming sore throats {sign of Strep}

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Resources

¹ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3233928/

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