If your child has been diagnosed with asthma, it is important to know that there are alternative treatment approaches designed to get to the root cause of the asthma rather than simply treat the symptoms.
Many integrative or holistic healthcare practitioners take the following approach to asthma management:
- Identify allergens, both food and environmental. This can be a key part of asthma management. Many parents are aware of the fact that environmental allergens such as dust, cat dander, or mold can trigger asthma, but few think to look at the foods their child is eating. For example, dairy is very commonly associated with asthmatic symptoms. Be cognizant of less well known triggers such as cleaning chemicals or other household toxins.
- Improve gastrointestinal health. Focusing on healing the gut and reducing a child’s allergic profile.
- Improve immune health. Strengthening the immune system through a nutritious diet, exercise and through supplementation (such as vitamin D).
As asthma can be a very serious condition, it is important that you work closely with a healthcare provider experienced in the management of asthma.
“Green” pediatricians, integrative practitioners or naturopaths may have more holistic approaches to managing asthma so that dependence on medication is not necessary.