Want to Breath a Little Easierabout Your Child’s Asthma?
Missed School DaysDid you know that childhood asthmacauses more school absences than anyother single pediatric disorder?And the problem seems to be growing.Between 1982 and 1992, there was a56.7% increase in newly diagnosedasthma cases in the U.S.
What is Asthma?Asthma is the obstruction of the lungs’airflow, and extreme sensitivity in theairway to environmental conditions.Asthma is the most common of all chronicchildhood illnesses and one of the leadingcauses of hospitalization for acute care ofchildren.In the U.S., asthma affects nearly 5 millionchildren under the age of 18.
What are the Symptoms?An acute attack typically includes anxiety,along with wheezing and painful and/orlabored breathing.This is a result of the rib cage puttingpressure on the lungs, causingcompression of the soft tissues (alveoli andsmall bronchi).The resulting reduced airflow, combinedwith the presence of mucus, results inwheezing during exhalation.
What Triggers Asthma?It can’t be accurately predicted who willdevelop asthma, but some children maybe at higher risk.Triggering mechanisms can includepollens, house dust and animals,exposure to cold, and psychologicalstress factors.Physical exertion may also cause oraggravate the condition. Asthma mayalso be associated with the increasedlevel of pollution.
How is Asthma Treated?There is no “cure” for asthma.The only treatment is to control itssymptoms. The primary medicalapproach is drug therapy.For those types of asthma that aretriggered by allergies, avoidance of thosesubstances that produce the allergicreaction is also important.
Drugs in the steroid family are a typicaltreatment for acute asthmatic episodes.Inhalers are often used in early stages ofthe disease, or for minor attacks. Theseinhalers, or “bronchodilators,” are usedto help ease the restriction to the airway.Unfortunately, many patients find itnecessary to continue using inhalersthroughout their lives.
Are there Side Effects?If you and your physician are consideringthe use of drugs to manage your child’sasthma, it is important to weigh thepotential benefits against the risks.Although the treatment of asthma bymedication is common and for many, lifesustaining, there may be other healthcomplications associated with thisapproach.
Frequent side effects of drugs• increased vulnerability to infection• headache• nausea• diarrhea• indigestion• nervousness• appetite changes• throat, nasal and eye irritations• insomnia
Less common side effects• allergic reactions• heart problems• diabetes• increased blood pressure• stomach pain
Can Chiropractic Care Help?A positive correlation has been notedbetween chiropractic care and thepatient’s perception of relief from theirasthma symptoms.Perhaps more compelling are thepersonal stories of parents and childrenwho have experienced the benefitsfirsthand. Many have observed adecrease in the severity of asthmasymptoms after implementing a scheduleof regular chiropractic visits.
Chiropractic care represents a safe, drug-free approach that could reduce oreliminate the need for medication.Consider talking to a qualified doctor ofchiropractic to learn more about howregular chiropractic care may benefityour child.
What are your next steps?• Fill out the Family Health Survey,• Pick up available literature,• Discuss this information with yourspouse, and• Make an appointment for yourwellness consultation.
How to Contact Us…Gregson Health Chiropractic425 Winter StreetMadawaska, ME 04756P: (207) 436-1256www.GregsonHealth.comDrGregson@GregsonHealth.com