Does anyone know of a natural way to relieve or prevent asthma in a little one? I'm tired of using drugs on my 2yr old!

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I've read that naturalistic or homeopathic type doctors tell parents to give their kids Quercitin.  It is helpful for asthma patients, also for people with eczema and allergies, b/c it blocks the release of histamine and reduces inflammation.  It is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.  You should consult with that type of doctor for appropriate dosing.

Angela - posted on 03/18/2009

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I have often heard inside air is more polluted than outside air. After my son went through breathing treatments and steroids for 2 years I switched doctors and he told me to get rid of all of the chemicals and toxins in my home and that would help. Well it has been so hard to find all natural products for my home but it has made so much of a difference for my son and he hasn't had ANY problems since. In Sept. I found an affordable easy way to get great products, please check this out!   www.livetotalwellness.com/grohgreen

Jill - posted on 03/18/2009

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Just a thought for you to consider. My child was diagsoned with gluten allergies and the doctor had made the comment that many children are treated for asthma that really have wheat allergies. Wheat allergies cause wheezing in children - . I was just passing this info along -

Angela - posted on 03/12/2009

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Get rid of all of the toxic products in your home! My son at 5 months old had pnumonia after suffering from asthma. 5 days in ICU!! After going through all of that and hundreds of dollars in treatmens, I changed doctors, and finally he let me in on a little secret. All of the bleach, lysol, and cleaning agents in our homes are dangerous! Little by little the products that are supposed to keep our homes clean are poisoning us. Now I shop through a company that makes my home safe, and I save money! My son is now 5 years old and no longer needs breathing treatments or steroids!

Angela - posted on 03/12/2009

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Get rid of all of the toxic products in your home! My son at 5 months old had pnumonia after suffering from asthma. 5 days in ICU!! After going through all of that and hundreds of dollars in treatmens, I changed doctors, and finally he let me in on a little secret. All of the bleach, lysol, and cleaning agents in our homes are dangerous! Little by little the products that are supposed to keep our homes clean are poisoning us. Now I shop through a company that makes my home safe, and I save money! My son is now 5 years old and no longer needs breathing treatments or steroids!

Jaime - posted on 03/02/2009

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My daughter was dx with asthma at 7 weeks old. With her first asthma attack we almost lost her. She developed a serious cold that made her asthma flair up (we didn't know she had asthma yet) One minute she was sitting in her bouncy chair, my husband looked at her and she was blue, barely breathing. He was in shock and didn't know what to do. I scooped her up, finger swept her mouth for a huge gob of mucous, she was wheezing and coughing still alittle blue but she was breathing. Once we got to the ER her sats were 64% (normal is 100%). We were immediately started on inhalations, IV, O2 and antibiotics 4 days later we were sent home. We have had a couple more ER trips and hospital admits but I am happy to say her asthma is under control (knock on wood) My daughter is now 3.5yrs and on a daily dose of singular 4mg (not a steriod) we have been using it for over a year now, we don't need puffers (ventolin or flovent) nearly as often as we used too. When she does have a cold you can bet her asthma will act up, along with the change of seasons we need the puffers more. I am sure there are great natural methods to control asthma, but so far the meds are working for us.

Kim - posted on 01/17/2009

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Go to a Health Food store, and see if you can get a Respiractin, its a breath easy product that I have been using on my 5.5 yr. old, shine she was 2.5. You can olny get it in a Health food store, in Canada anyhow. You can use an Adult one or a childrens one, their is no difference, I use the Adult one, and its fine. Good luck

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have recently taken my son to a natropath due to a gluten intolerance, as we were there i had mentioned to him that our son had previously been on ventolin but only required every now and then... he had some spray that eased the symptoms of an asthma attack and suggested next time we have a problem to give this spray a go (apparently it can be give every 5 minutes until symptoms abate, which is something you shouldn't do with ventolin). the natropath i went to also does kennsinology (i think that how you spell it!) and it is a non invasive way to test for allergies (my son is 20 months old and i didn't want to go down the blood taking, gluten giving route, as its very painful for him). if i were you i would look into that sort of diagnosis process, to help give you an idea of what your child needs (if there be an allergy causing the asthma) and they may be able to help with some natural remedies to help with the problems he is having.

Janell - posted on 01/04/2009

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my son was born with asthma as well as an allergy to dairy products, soy, goats milk and so on. we were left with having to buy lactose free milk but having to still deal with his asthma, warm black coffee does it. it clears out the lungs real fast. in fact, 2 of my brothers and 1 of my sisters has asthma just as bad, the coffee saved their lives when they were young.

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Two things---



My son was diagnosed asthma and every cold turned into an asthma attack and infection (with antibiotics). The pulimologist tested him for reflux. Sure enough, once on reflux meds, we started having colds that never progressed. Theory being that reflux kept the back of his throat sore so when the nasal drip went down his throat, he developed and infection and asthma.



But reflux meds had their own problems so I really did not like them. We ended up putting him on the feingold diet (feingold.org) and were off all reflux and asthma meds a year later. My son did not test allergic to anything we have out of his diet (tomatoes, strawberries, etc). But we now know that artificial vanilla (vanillian) causes diareah in about 3 hours. Artificial colors cause asthma in 3-12 hours. Other eliminated foods cause behavior, diareah or asthma or a combination.



Good luck, but my bet is that your child has other allergies or sensativities.

Ida - posted on 12/10/2008

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My friend is giving her daughter 45 drops of Itires each day. She has been doing for 6 months now and they have also been doing 2 puffs of Flovent a day. This has kept the use of the Ventolin down to a minimum. They are currently in the process of reducing the Flovent down to 1 puff a day and then will cut it out completely.



She said they have not had the usual seasonal problems as well they do not need to use the Ventolin very often at all anymore. If you try the Itires, mix it with a small amount of water and give it away from food.

Ida - posted on 12/09/2008

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You know I have a friend who's daughter has many allergies and severe asthma. It sounds quite similar to your daught although no ER visits yet. I know she started giving her something in the spring and she is no longer as dependant on her inhaler anymore. I will ask her and let you know.

Amy - posted on 12/09/2008

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She does have allergies and some pretty severe ones. However, every time she gets a cold now her asthma takes over and makes her cold 10 times worse... we had to take her to the ER this time because even all the meds her allergist/asthma dr gave her didn't get ahold of it. I would love a drug free way to help her because when she's on all the meds during her cold, especially the steroids, she goes from my sweet little girl to a little terror as all her ups and downs become much more extreme.



I'd love to ask those at our local health food stores, but we live in a small area and I've found that the people that work there know very little about what they're selling or doing.

Ida - posted on 12/09/2008

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I don't have an answer to your question, but I am wondering if you have explored the possibility of an allergy or intolerance.



We were told my dd had asthma at 1 and were fairly dependant of meds. At around 4 I made the connection that she might be having problem digesting the soy milk that she drank (she also has a diary allergy). She didn't test positive for an allergy, but my intuition told me to take her off soy anyway. Needless to say she is almost 7 and we have not used an inhaler in 3 years.



I hope this helps and I am sure there will be some moms out there who can give you advice on natural products. You can also ask at a natural food store. Here we have Planet Organic and Amaranth and people at both stores have always been very helpful.

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