Attention! This Article is dedicated to those parents who’s children are suffering from Asthma.
How to take care of an Asthmatic baby?
It is not really easy to take care of an Asthmatic baby. The reasons why babies could develop Asthma is if they had caught a flu or cold and or influenza which caused them lungs inflammation. The main reason why children develop Asthma quicker than adults is that they are not able to blow off their nose. Unconsciously they swallow their secretions instead of coughing and spitting it out. Those secretions once entered into the lungs of the baby and children will cause lungs infection and Asthma.
Babies could develop Asthma more quicker than adults do because their lungs are not as resistible against microbes, viruses and infections as compared to adult’s.
Following are Symptoms of Asthma:
- Coughing along with a strange noise coming out of their chest.
- Difficulty breathing (if under Asthma attack), shortness in breathing.
- Inflammation in the lungs which causes the upper part of their chest to be swollen.
- Nausea or vomiting in the worst cases.
- Fiver and chest pain.
- Possibility of an abdominal pain in the upper abdominal part near the lungs area.
- Lack of apatite and possibility of lack of sleep as Asthmatic kids may find it difficult to fall asleep due to breathing problems.
You need to have the pumps for Asthma handy and on you all the time. We never know when we may need it. Even though they seem to be fine, they may suddenly seem suffocated or experience sudden difficulty to breath and immediately need their pumps. Once you realize that your baby has slight symptoms, do not wait for long. Just give their pumps as soon as you can and possibly have access to it. That’s why I insist you have their pumps on you all the time so that you give them right on the time to prevent them having an Asthma attack.
What would you do in cases of severe Asthma attacks?
Under each attack they will immediately need their blue pump called (Ventolin). You could give 2 to 3 puffs of the blue pumps within every 4 to 6 hours but if you feel they are in need of even more, that is the time you immediately re-consult a doctor. All the medications must be given as directed by doctors and nurses and it is extremely important not to miss it.
After each attack, they will have to take another pump called Flovent as per the recommendation of doctors. This pump is orange color in most cases but there are also red color. In each color the dosages of the medication is different. There are more stronger ones and also less stronger ones. It also depend on how old your child is. The more severe the Asthma, the stronger the medication (Hydrocortisone) in it and of course depending how old.
In severe cases during an Asthma attack, doctors may give Hydrocortisone syrup by mouth to your baby, immediately during the consultation. If the Asthma attack is extremely severe, doctors will put oxygen to your baby’s mouth in order to help them with breathing. Oxygen facilitate their breathing process and will safe their life by not allowing them to lose control and faint due to trouble in breathing.
You could watch their stomach while they breath to differentiate wither or not they are under Asthma attack. An Asthmatic baby uses their upper abdominal muscles to breath. They put too much pressure in the mentioned part to breath. Some babies also have their chest swollen if they are under Asthma attack and you will notice a strange noise during their inhalation and exhalation while breathing.
Once your baby experience an Asthma attack, depending to the severity doctors will suggest to take their pumps regularly for the prescribed duration. It is very important to complete the duration because doing so will allow your child a have the recommended dose in the proper duration to relieve them and protect them against the attack.
How to help your Asthmatic child during their physical activities?
When an Asthmatic baby grows older, you may need to watch him/her during the physical activities and sports. Nurses suggest to give your child a puff or two of their pump (Ventolin, blue color) right before they begin any sport. You may also do so during other physical activities.
If your child refuses to do an sport, listen to him/ her and trust. Most of the time they are correct and know their own body strength and capabilities. If they feel too tired to walk, do not force them either.
Sleep time cautions for an Asthmatic baby:
You may have to watch them during night time, in the times they suffer from influenza or any other health problems because they may experience shortness in breathing during night time.
Most of the times your child wake up with coughs and difficulty breathing. Make sure to have their pumps handy so that they can reach, if old enough and are able to take it by themselves. If they are babies, obviously we would be doing it by ourselves. Their might be nights when you may remain sleepless all night to take care of the baby. Specially if they have caught a cold or flu.
Are there any cure for Asthma?
Unfortunately there is no cure for Asthma through any medications. Medications such as pumps could control Asthma attacks but it is not the cure. Some children could have it for life, while some could have it until they are older enough. When older, their body is stronger enough and their immune system becomes more stronger and resistible against diseases which can then better fight any diseases including Asthma. Again it depends on the person and child. Each child and body is different.
Some people we know have it for life now but some other people we know were cured naturally as they grew older. The necessary thing is that you really have to respect the quantity of the doses of medications and for sure their durations to prevent you from an attack. Some doctors say that if a person do not have an Asthma attach for 3 years now, chances are they are cured from Asthma.
As Asthma is a chronic disease it could get worse even after 3 years if you are suffering from another bad flu (rheum). In order to help your child for the complete recovery from Asthma, you need to have them educated with what they have as a disease and how to prevent it. It is important that your children know how to use their medication because they should be able to use it at your absence.
Precautions for not having an Asthma attack which eventually may help in cure of Asthma:
- Vacuuming your house more often to keep it clean and free of dust and dirt.
- Disinfecting your house with 90% water contained 10% Javel or Bleach in it.
- Washing your baby's clothes with hot water for 60 minutes and leave it twice for rinses.
- Dry their clothes in hot temperature for at least 45 minutes so that the clothes are completely dry.
- Use unscented and Hypoallergenic fabric softener and liquid soap for their laundry.
- Wash their clothes separately and dry separately to insure better cleanliness. Doing so will prevent contact with another possible bacteria which could cause contamination in their clothes and results in worsening of their Asthma.
- Use a special cloth for their pillows and mattresses which are specially produced and fabricated to protect against the bed bugs and do not allow the dust from the mattress to enter your child's respiratory system.
- In most cases the nurses will give you the name of the mattress protection case which you could buy from the pharmacy. If not the pharmacist will be able to help you as well if you ask.
- By any means, they must not be near to animals. If your baby has Asthma, the first question doctors will ask you is if there are any animals at your house.
- Carpet is also something which you have to eliminate using if your baby is Asthmatic if it is possible. If not you will definitely have to pass vacuum-cleaner more frequently than normal.
Children who have Asthma will develop some seasonal allergies as well because their respiratory systems are very weak and have less resistance against dust and bacteria or microbes floating in the air.
There are some over the counter medications for allergies. In most cases doctors recommend allergy medications specially for children because some of those medications may have some side effects such as head ache and reduce in apatite. Some of them makes your child fussy or moody. Therefore, you may have to seek the doctor's help in this case.
If you would like to prevent your baby from Asthma attacks, you would need to install air filters into their room and or at the house so that they breath fresh and clean air. Installing or just putting an air filter into the Asthmatic baby's room could help him enormously with having the best quality sleep. It also helps with seasonal allergies as well as facilitates breathing, specially during the night time.
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I thank you very much for reading through the article. I hope I could have passed my 12 years of experience as an Asthmatic baby's mother to you. I know that I am not a doctor. The things I have mentioned to you is what I have been living and facing each day of my child's life until now. My child is a teenager now and still having Asthma. Doctors are saying that he may have it for life, while some are saying it will go away when he is going to grow older.
Hope you find some answers to your questions and hope it will help you. In case of any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.
May God bless all our children as they are our heart!