Posted on Sep 18, 2008 | Comments 0
As a mother you can never expect a silent night with your little new baby.
Sometimes, so much coughing, grunting and wheezing can lead to sleepless nights for you. All these conditions are due to the infant asthma.
This is the most common condition in your children and it is very natural for every new mother to worry when their baby becomes breathless.
You will find various effective treatments to control your infant asthma symptoms.
Here are the facts about your infant asthma:
1. Infant asthma is mainly caused when the interior walls of the tubes, which are carrying the air in and out of the babyâ€™s lungs become inflamed.
As the lungs become swollen, additional amount of sticky mucus is produced and causes wheezing, coughing and finally breathlessness. Particularly, young children are more prone to asthma as their airways are very narrow.
2. Most of the children rise out of asthma and the symptoms will vanish when your children reach school age. This is due to their airways and lungs become widen and mature.
3. Avoid your baby exposing to smoky environments when she is in the womb or after the birth. Exposure to smoke during pregnancy can raise the risk of asthma attack by as much as 50%.
4. It is very common to develop chestiness among the babies and young children, so donâ€™t worry as it does not mean that your child has asthma. If the baby is wheezing and coughing, then immediately get her checked with the doctor.
5. Usually, asthma cannot be diagnosed until your baby is at least two years of age, because there are other illnesses like bronchitis that leads to wheezing. Some younger children who cough or wheeze a lot can be treated by using asthma drugs, which can ease the symptoms.
6. If you have a family history of allergic conditions, like food allergies, hay fever and eczema, then your baby is more likely to have asthma in future.
7. Viral infections and cold are the most common asthma triggers, but there are various other conditions like allergies, cigarette smoke and the substances like dust mites, pollen and pets. When your childâ€™s airways become swollen, they remain sensitive and most of the things like crying, running, breathing in cool air and car fumes make your childâ€™s condition worse or lead to an attack.
8. Consuming vitamin E in high quantities during your pregnancy can reduce the risk of asthma in your child. You can increase the vitamin E intake by eating large amounts of nuts, sunflower seeds and also vegetable oils.
9. Over usage of antibacterial cleansing products and minimal exposure to dust means that your immune system is not becoming strong against fighting the germs. Due to this, you are very much susceptible to infections and environmental attacks.
10. According to the studies, most of the children suffering from asthma have very low levels of vitamin C when compared to those who have healthy lungs. So, give your child a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.
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