Parenting a child who has asthma

Allergies, eczema and asthma are all said to go hand in hand. Do you just accept this as fact or question why is that? What in the body is connected/linked/has similarities that increase the chance of a baby with eczema to become a toddler with food allergies to then become a two year old with asthma?

On this note, keep in mind my child has battled all three his whole life but we manage them. This is what I have learned as a Mum of a child with asthma:

1) Money saver. Our emergency department charges for the mask and tubes when using the nebuliser. When you’re next on the nebuliser, ask to take the mask and tubes they use and keep them in your medicine bag along with the epipen. This means they can’t charge you for them again the next time you are at the emergency department. We save $20 each visit by reusing our mask and tubes.

2) Cleaning. Trust me I am not one to live by planning my days out, I like to live on the wild side as much as a Mum of two small children can! I do find I need to be very vigilant with cleaning for the sake of my son’s asthma so I try to have daily tasks and then set day of the week tasks. Things like damp dust (the ashtma trigger here is actually the poo from dustmites, I shit you not πŸ’©), pet dander, cockroaches, things which lurk in the carpets etc. All might contribute to asthma so keep on top of those with some kind of system. “On wednesdays we wear pink”…pink gloves, to deep clean the kitchen…. because “I’m a cool Mom”. Ok, I’ll stop with the movie references to a 10year old movie!

Here is my no nasty shake n vac recipe:

  • 1 cup of baking soda and a dessert spoon of cinnamon. 
  • Shake with the lid on to combine. 
  • Sprinkle on carpets
  • Vacuum – it’ll smell amazing!

You can use baking soda and vinegar to clean almost anything. You can use it in every room of the house so give it a go next time you clean to reduce your harsh chemical usage. I also use citric acid in the kettle and in mugs to clean them, just add a teaspoon and boil the jug! Done!!

3) Dampness is a trigger. Damp clothes… yeah, on those fold out lines? It can contribute to asthma, so air your laundry away from sleeping areas or outside. Damp living conditions, codensation, poor insulation… combat any of these with dehumiderfiers, heaters, good quality himalayan salt lamps, wiping away wet build up/mould, making sure the windows and doors to the home are properly sealed and there is insulation. 

You could also try buying a few air purifying plants. The peace lily is the most common.

4) The sleep area. I don’t know about you but I always end up doing a 10pm or 2am trip to the emergency roon when my son has problems breathing. I believe this to be because he lies down and mucus collects, the temperature drops and his bedding might not have been ideal. Look into getting dustmite allergy pillows and matress protectors then change the sheets on the regular. Make sure the room is warm and dry.

5) Sickness. When they get sick, they produce additional mucus and this leads to asthma. Keep colds at bay by supporting the immune system with Sodium Ascorbate (vitamin C), a good diet and a healthy gut. If they get sick, give more sodium ascorbate, we use vicks in boiling water by the bed (vapourizer if you have one), and encourage blowing the nose/bringing up plegum. Keep warm. Stay close enough to hear a wheeze, whenever I have been unsure of the noise I have called healthline who have always given me good advice (New Zealand).

6) Diet. No, this is not to say count calories foe your two year old or body shame them. This is diet as in what the child eats. Let’s get that out of the way.

Diet. Anti inflamatary diets are best for asthma (and eczema). This means nothing that causes inflamation in the human body. So cut out dairy, wheat, sugar, caffiene, alcohol and nightshades. Try adding in more alkaline rich foods such as dark leafy greens, fill up on brown rice, stay plant based with (or without) meat, eat quinoa and legumes with meals, go hard on smoothies, make probiotic yogurt from coconuts… pintrest really does have countless recipes here and I also like the paleo mom for her explanation on what nightshades are.

Hope you can all get a little more sleep than we’re currently getting with my two year olds asthma keeping him up/in our bed all night. Never has he been so willing to take his inhaler! He has just realized it is what helps him to breathe eaiser, teamed with his antihistamine. I hate giving it daily but spring time pollen seems to bring out the allergies and asthma.

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4 thoughts on “Parenting a child who has asthma

  1. I’m surprised they charge you for the mask for a child! Thanks for the advice, I’ll be taking it if my boy has any of these issues later on.

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