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Explain wheezing and asthma in infants – Part 2

• Wheezing and asthma can be very worrisome when seen in infants, medically this condition is caused due to the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes (present in the lungs).
• The condition of wheezing and asthma may be acute or chronic, and what is surprising to many people who associate asthma with adults is that there are many kids who have been diagnosed with asthma.
• The initial symptoms for this problem are seen between the age group of three to six.
• In fact, kids are more prone to this condition than adults.

Diagnosis and Treatment for delaying or preventing Asthma

• The initial cases of wheezing in infants need to be examined can help to diagnose and then prevent the condition of asthma from developing later on.
• Such an examination will help to assess the reasons and the cause for the wheezing to happen.
• If the wheezing is occurring more than once, and examinations lead to a cause is specific, then.
• To do a further diagnosis, tests are performed to analyze the stimulant that caused the condition of wheezing to happen.
• Such diagnosis and analysis can help to prepare an effective asthma action plan.
• In a number of doctors, there is a common understanding that infants with recurrent wheezing attacks have a higher probability of developing asthma later in their life as they grow older.
• This is especially true if this condition occurs in their first 3 years.
• There are also a number of cases of infants who have outgrown this condition. Such children who have outgrown this condition will not be affected with wheezing, asthma or bronchiolitis.
• But since the factors that cause such wheezing can cause damage to the air passages and the lungs, especially in young children, care needs to be taken to control and reduce these attacks of wheezing.
• In such cases, medicine needs to be prescribed, and Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed in such cases in the early stages itself.
• These drugs help in controlling the inflammation and also have a higher chance of preventing the wheezing from happening again.
• Doctors start with their treatment in infants even before the diagnosis, using information gleaned from the present and previous case of attacks; waiting for the diagnosis could worsen the patient’s condition.
• In such cases, asthma medicines are preferably prescribed.

Diagnosing Asthma in Older Babies

Diagnosis of asthma and wheezing is a little easier in older babies than in infants. There are several factors that help in making a more accurate diagnosis:
• The attack has been repeated, that it, it has happened more than once.
• Bouts of coughing with a variation between the coughing at day or night.
• Increased bouts of coughing when performing strenuous activities such as playing or exercises.
• Besides these, there may be other problems in breathing.
• Other factors such as: Weather variations, Exposure to cold or to cold air, exposure to smoke (smoking or otherwise), Pollen.
Besides the above, there are advanced factors that help the doctor in making diagnosis:
• A history of allergies in the patient
• A history of asthma
• Heredity
• Sinus problems

What are some ways to treat these symptoms?

• The doctor can prescribe asthma medicines, administering them using a spacer and a inhaler.
• The inhaler acts as a manual nebulizer (which is a machine that administers asthma medications).
• Depending on the severity of the problem, the Doctor will suggest appropriate medication.
• For treatment of a disease such as asthma, following an action helps in making the treatment effective.

General remedies for asthma and wheezing (including alternative therapies)

– Yogic Kriyas
• One should also perform yogic kriyas (cleansing exercises) such as jalneti and vamandhauti

– Yogic asanas (body postures)
• Ekpaduttanasana
• Yogamudra
• Bhujangasana
• Shalabhasana
• Padmasana
• Shavasana
• Simple pranayamas (breath-hoIding procedures) like kapalbhati, anuloma-viloma, ujjai, and bhramari

– Use of Humidifiers
• The use some humidifiers in your room can be very helpful (for a few hours every day).
• Use of a humidifier will help soothe the irritation and inflammation of the air passageways.
• Both warm and cool mist humidifiers can be used to help to get rid of the mucus in the airways.
• A side benefit of this treatment is that this will also help you get rid of your cough.

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