The child suffering from asthma appear to be struggling for breath. Actually, they have more trouble in exhaling than inhaling because the air passage of the small bronchi become clogged and constricted with mucus, thus making it difficult for the patient to breathe out. All asthamatics have more difficulty in the night, especially when asleep.
The natural way to treat asthma consists of stimulating the functioning of slack excretory organs, adopting appropriate diet patterns to eliminate morbid matter and reconstruct the body.
No one should be allowed to smoke in the childs bedroom and no member of the family should smoke in the house,as the tobacco smoke in the atmosphere can harm the asthmatic children. Emotional upsets at home should be avoided as they make the asthmatic child worse. And above a,, the parents should always remain cool and calm when their children get attacks of asthama.
Diet plays an important role in the treatment of asthma. Ideally, the diet of child patient should contain a limited quantity of carbohydrates, fats and proteins which are acid forming foods, and a liberal quantity of alkaline foods consisting of fresh fruits, green vegetables and germinated gram. Foods which tend to produce phelgm such as rice, sugar, lentils and curd and also fried and other difficult-to-digest foods should be restricted. The last meal should preferably be taken at least two hours before going to bed.
Children with asthma should be encouraged to eat less than their capacity, eat slowly and chew their food properly. They should drink six to either glasses of water a day, but should avoid taking water or any liquid with meals. Spices, chilies and pickles, too much tea and coffee should also be avoided.
Honey is considered beneficial in the treatment of asthma. It is said that if a jug of honey is held under the nose of an asthma patient and he inhales the air that comes into contact with the honey, the breathing becomes easier and deeper. The effect lasts for about an hour or so. Honey usually brings relief whether the air flowing over it is inhaled or whether it is eaten or taken either in milk or water.
Turmeric is regarded as an effective remedy for bronchial asthma. The child-patient should be given half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with half a glass of milk two or three times daily. It acts best when taken on an empty stomach.
The use of garlic has also been found beneficial in the treatment of asthma. One clove of garlic boiled in 15 ml. of milk can be given daily as an effective medicine to the child-patient in the early stages of asthma.
During the attack, mustard oil mixed with little camphor should be massaged over the back of the chest. This will loosen up the phelgm and ease breathing.
Parents who suffer from some kind of allergy should take special precaution for their children. Breast-fed infants have much less chances of getting allergic to certain things than bottle- fed babies. It is believed that the major cause of allergy in children lies in feeding babies foods such as cereals, meat, corns, whole milk , etc. before they reach the age of 10 to 12 months. These foods cause allergic reactions as babies lack the proper enzymes needed for their digestion before that age. Babies should be breast-fed for atleast eight months as this is natures way of providing all the required nutrients during this period.
Other precautions considered necessary for preventing asthma in children are boiling milk before giving, delaying of inclusion in the daily diet foods which commonly cause allergy such as egg, whest, fish, and coco, keeping children in environment free from dust, air pollution and damp climate, keeping away pet animals from the house and adopting all possible measures to protect children against bacterial and viral infections.