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7 Must-know Facts of Asthma & Respiratory Care in Children

Ankita A Talwar
1 to 3 years

Created by Ankita A Talwar
Updated on Sep 16, 2018

7 Must know Facts of Asthma Respiratory Care in Children
Reviewed by Expert panel

With the rising levels of pollution, Asthma has become a leading health concern for most children. The smoke and the high levels of residual particulate matter (RPM) and suspended particulate matter (SPM) plus the smoke, is very dangerous to children’s health. It can lead to respiratory problems and allergy sensitivities such as allergic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, bronchial asthma, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, pneumonia, common cold, and asthma. While you can not avoid pollution totally, you can brave it out to reduce the impact.

Tips to Care Asthma and Respiratory Care:

  1. Be prepared always: If your child is prone to any breathing ailments, during days when there are dust storms, or really high-levels of pollution, check with your doctor on increasing the medication or dosage. Consider nebulization too after consulting your pediatrician.
  2. Plan the course of medication: For children, with chronic breathing problems, who take inhalers or nebulizers, plan the schedule of nebulisation/inhalers so as to cover the entire day. Speak to your doctor and get a chart made from him.
  3. Try Nasal wash: Nasal wash or nasal irrigation helps in washing out the allergans, dust particles and other irritants, and mucous from the respiratory passages. Nasal irrigators are easily available at most pharmacist shops.  Even a saline water wash such as jal neti is helpful with older children.
  4. Give steam: Steam is very helpful and safe for clearing the respiratory passage. You can administer steam regularly as it is has no side-effects. Also, keep saline nasal sprays handy. Once the child is back from the outdoors, and seems to show any symptoms of allergy or irritation, use some saline nasal drops.
  5. Ensure hygiene: Get the child to wash his hands frequently, gently wash his eyes and blow his nose if he is feeling any sort of irritation. Ensure the child changes clothes once he is inside his house. The clothes can be washed in luke warm water to kill dust mites. Also, slippers and shoes (especially those worn outdoors) should be kept away from the main living areas of the house.
  6. Avoid outdoors in high pollution times: Evenings are generally a time when the air is highly polluted, so avoid taking the child outdoors. Instead, plan play dates, etc for him indoors. The same goes for days when there is a dust-storms.
  7. Cover face and mouth: If the child is particularly sensitive to smoke, teach him to cover his face and mouth with a cotton handkerchief, when in high-traffic areas or dust-ridden. Physical barriers like these help in controlling the intake of some pollutants at least.

           Read: Wheezing Causes, Symptoms in Toddlers

But there is nothing that can act and protect your child in a day.  Leading a healthy lifestyle, and feeding your child a healthy diet, rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin D supplements, are some things that can be practiced long term to build him immunity.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| May 04, 2016

Quite informative

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| May 05, 2016

Very useful blog keeping in mind the grim situation. Thanks Ankita for handy tips!

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| May 11, 2016

useful information,thanks.

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| May 11, 2016

useful tips

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| Jul 04, 2016

thank you. is it ok to use inhaler from such small age.

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| Jul 15, 2016

My daughter 5 years old gets cold n cough often .giving her asthalin inhaler .is it safe for her.

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| Sep 20, 2016

My son is 5 year old. He caught cough and cold too often. After consulting to pediatric he is on seroflo 125 inhaler for continue basis and asthalin when suffering from cough. Is it safe to give him these medicines.

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| Oct 14, 2016

Thanks for a very useful information .. But is it any age limit means my daughter is 8 years old n she suffer for the same so up to what age she suffer for the same ...

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| Dec 04, 2016

Hi, my daughter is 3+ year old n used to get cold n caugh very frequently. Recently doc gave her nebulizer ...asthelin and bundate. This is her first time. So like others I also want to know how safe are these medicines n how frequently to be used. Please advise.

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| Dec 04, 2016

Hi, my daughter is 3+ year old n used to get cold n caugh very frequently. Recently doc gave her nebulizer ...asthelin and bundate. This is her first time. So like others I also want to know how safe are these medicines n how frequently to be used. Please advise.

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| Sep 21, 2017

hi everyone. I am arti and my daughter kanishka is 9 year old . she had also asthmatic problem by birth. but now she is ok. this is personal experience about asthma treatment that I share with you. as you noticed that first your child get cold and after this he or she gets cough. please encurage your child to clean your nose . jab bachha Ke sone se pahile or jagne Ke baad hot water se uski eyes or nose ko seka karo or usko nose nikalne Ke liye bolo use honey khilao or hot water pilao . ye apko kebal jagne Ke baad or sone se phile karna h. use physical activities like jumping running karbao . it will be helpfull

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| Dec 24, 2017

thank you for the information

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| Dec 24, 2017

thank you for the information

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| Dec 24, 2017

thank you for the information

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| Nov 02, 2018

thank you for information actually my daughter whi is 4 year old is also suffering from asthema.

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| Nov 02, 2018

if there is any medicine which culd prevent from pump to chaild plz also suggest.

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| Nov 14, 2018

Thank you for useful information

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