Asthma In Kids In Denver

Asthma In Kids In Denver

In childhood asthma, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers, such as inhaling pollen or catching a cold or other respiratory infection. Childhood asthma can cause bothersome daily symptoms that interfere with play, sports, school and sleep. In some children, unmanaged asthma can cause dangerous asthma attacks.  Unfortunately, according to industry experts, childhood asthma can't be cured, and symptoms can continue into adulthood. But with the right treatment, you and your child can keep symptoms under control and prevent damage to growing lungs. (source)


Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Asthma

Not all children have the same asthma symptoms. A child may even have different symptoms from one episode to the next. Signs and symptoms of asthma in children include:

  • cough that doesn’t go away (which may be the only symptom)
  • Coughing spells that happen often, especially during play or exercise, at night, in cold air, or while laughing or crying
  • A cough that gets worse after a viral infection
  • Less energy during play, and stopping to catch their breath during activities
  • Avoiding sports or social activities
  • Trouble sleeping because of coughing or breathing problems
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing, a whistling sound when breathing in or out
  • Seesaw motions in their chest (retractions)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight neck and chest muscles
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble eating, or grunting while eating (in infants) (source)

Medical Treatment for Asthma

Medication is an effective treatment for childhood asthma. Finding the right medication and dosage to control asthma and prevent side effects is an important process. Two types of medication are used to control childhood asthma:

  1. Long-Term Controller Medications
  2. Quick-Relief Medications for Asthma

Long-Term Controller Medications for Asthma

  • These medications taken daily for asthma by asthma sufferers are called “long-term controller” medicines and help to decrease inflammation (or swelling) of the small airways over time. (source)

Side Effects

Inhaled corticosteroids can cause both local side effects (limited to a part of the body) and systemic side effects (affecting the entire body).

Among the possibilities:

Short- and Long-Acting Beta Agonists

The side effects are much the same for SABAs and LABAs, since the two drug classes share similar mechanisms of action, including:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness or tremors
  • Rash

Though the side effects tend to resolve quickly with SABAs, they can often persist with LABAs. The same can occur when either type of beta agonist is used excessively. (source)


How Chiropractic can help

Chiropractic care has shown to be effective in alleviating the symptoms related to asthma due to the belief that there is a strong link between childhood asthma and interference with the nervous system. This interference will also increase inflammation in the body.  It is common for people who suffer with asthma to have problems with their neck and upper back too.  The spine and ribs accommodate for the filling and expanding of the lungs. Any dysfunction in these areas affects the joints flexibility, which in turn can restrict lung capacity.

Specific spinal adjustments performed by your chiropractor help to return the nervous system to its proper functioning and balance. Studies have shown this helps to decrease inflammation in the body.  These adjustments can reduce the number of attacks experienced by asthma sufferers.

It is important to address asthma as early as possible. Young bodies repair themselves much more readily and accommodate to changes in the body far easier than adults. Most importantly, chiropractic has offered asthma sufferers the possibility of a healthy, less medicated, active and fulfilling lifestyle. Chiropractors can provide safe and gentle care for asthma and breathing difficulties in children of all ages.(source)

Dr. Isaac Mooberry as a Denver chiropractor has worked with many kidos with asthma and their families in our community.  Reach out to receive a complementary phone consultation to see how we can help and get your questions answered.

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