It is sporadic that a baby will be diagnosed with asthma. Wheeziness in babies is often put down to several reasons, but if you have a child under two with a diagnosis, it can be a stressful time to working out exactly what to do to give them the best possible care.
Asthma is a condition that affects the body’s airways, and it can make breathing difficult. The main symptoms of asthma include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and general tightness in the chest area.
Of course, not all sufferers experience all these symptoms, and if your baby has asthma they won’t be able to tell you what they’re feeling. Asthma attacks can be frightening, especially if they happen to your child, so understanding what you can do if your baby is suffering from the condition is integral to ensuring you keep them in the best possible health.
Treating and warding off the Causes of Asthma
The leading causes of asthma include allergies and infections; even food allergies can result in an asthma attack. Your healthcare team will have discussed how to introduce foods into your child’s diet, but treating potential trigger foods such as eggs and dairy-based products with caution is always sensible to rule out allergies. This is especially true if you have allergy sufferers in your immediate family.
An allergy to dust mites is another leading cause of asthma and can be treated simply by ensuring regular clean bedding is provided, and all furnishings are kept vacuumed. Additionally, research has suggested that using organic mattresses and organic sheets can further help. Organic bedding utilizes natural cottons and bamboos, which are said to be hypoallergenic and help ward off dust mites and other potential allergens.
Other causes of asthma include sudden changes in climate, so ensure you always have warm clothes and blankets on hand, even if it seems like a warm sunny day.
Smoking if your child is asthmatic is a dangerous decision and can cause them further breathing difficulties. Smoke fumes should never be in your home, and so you should ask visitors to ensure they smoke outside the home and avoid smoking at all where possible.
Of course, there are lots of tried and tested medical treatments and drugs designed for the treatment of asthma, including nebulizers and steroids, in some instances. As mentioned, it is unlikely your young child will be offered a prescription based medication as asthma is rarely diagnosed in babies, Still, if this is the case, your healthcare team will work with you to find the perfect combination to treat the symptoms in your child.