Children! Hold that sneeze!
Prevent respiratory problems for children and simple ways to breathe easy
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Helping Your Child Breathe Easier
In terms of childhood disease, the respiratory system is the most critical. Problems in their age group range from colds and flu to asthma, allergies, pneumonia, bronchitis and bronchiolitis, and cystic fibrosis.
Here are some tips to help your child breathe easier:
Drinking plenty of fluids will reduce respiratory discomfort for a child with flu or a cold.
Increased body temperature and rapid breathing often accompany such illness, and that leads to fluid loss, or dehydration. Dehydration tends to make respiratory secretions (mucous) thicker, drier, and therefore much more difficult to expel. Fluids will keep the secretions thinner and easier to cough up.
To keep energy levels up during bouts with colds and flu, make sure your child continues to get proper nourishment.
Colds and flu cause the nasal membranes to swell, narrowing air passages and making breathing more difficult. This condition is part of the reason why we tire so readily when we are sick, we have to breathe harder through smaller airways, and that takes greater energy.
If any minor illness becomes prolonged or occurs often, talk to your doctor.
Only a trained medical expert can recognize the importance of seemingly small irritations that may lead to bigger health problems.
Allergies are quite common in children. Some people are born more sensitive to certain substances than others. Exposure to such "allergens" or "irritants" can cause the muscles of the respiratory system to contract, narrowing the airways. Breathing through these narrowed airways can produce a wheezing sound. Other symptoms of the allergy include sneezing, a runny nose, and watery, itchy eyes.
Some common irritants can be eliminated from the childs home environment altogether.
Air conditioners with special filters can cut down on the presence of some allergens. These include dust, carpeting, fur, feathers, and stuffed animals. Since stuffed toys can be filled with everything from crushed nuts to feathers or fiber, it is best to check the contents label or to buy only hypoallergenic stuffed animals for the highly allergic child.
Tobacco smoke from other family members can have a serious effect on the respiratory health of youngsters.
Studies show that children in the age group below two years, whose parents smoke, suffer twice the rate of bronchitis and pneumonia as children of non-smokers.