Childhood Asthma has the same symptoms like difficulty in breathing, coughing with sputum, wheezing, chest tightness and fever with the only difference that it occurs in children less than 5 and infants. It occurs when the airways become irritated and inflamed narrowing down the space and accumulating extra mucus. This causes difficulty in breathing.
Children with tendency for cough and cold are prone to this type of asthma. The main cause of childhood asthma is viral infection. It is most often triggered by colds rather than by asthma. Other causes may be due to allergic reactions to irritants like smoke, fumes, dust mites, chemicals, pollen, drugs, animals, fungus or weather.
- Tightness in the chest
- Chronic Coughing
Ayurveda classifies asthma in children into two types- Beeja dosha (genetic) that occurs due to genetic cause and Sahaja (acquired) that triggers due to some irritant. While acquired asthma is easy to treat, the genetic asthma is difficult to heal. Kapha dosha is responsible for this health disorder. Kapha accumulated in the lungs leads to blockage in bronchioles which results into symptoms of asthma.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Avoid exposure to cold air, smoke, dust and polluted air.
- Drink lukewarm water with honey.
- Consume fresh warm meals at regular intervals and avoid junk food.
- Avoid fried and cold foods such as pickles, ice creams, beans and legumes.
- Mix ginger tea with crushed garlic cloves and consume to control the symptoms.
- Massage the chest with warm sesame oil
- Steam inhalation
- Add ginger and turmeric powder to milk, bring it to boil and consume twice a day.