Pediatric Asthma Treatment & Management Chesterton IN

Sometimes asthma is triggered by substances the child is allergic to, so one of the most important things you can do is figure out what they are and keep your child’s environment as free of them as possible. Read on for more details on treating asthma.

Baqhar Mohideen, MD
3630 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
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Male
Education
Medical School: Thanjavur Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Thanjavur, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1983

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Douglas Adolph Mazurek
(219) 464-9054
1101 Glendale Blvd
Valparaiso, IN
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Pulmonary Disease

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Dr.Ikeadi Ndukwu
(219) 879-0333
8733 W 400 N
Michigan City, IN
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M
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Medical School: Dominican Republic
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Pulmonologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Kristina Wu
(219) 879-6531
1225 E Coolspring Ave
Michigan City, IN
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Pulmonary Disease

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Dr.Raja Devanathan
(219) 942-9658
7875 Grand Boulevard
Hobart, IN
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M
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Pulmonologist
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Hospital: St MaryS
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Baqhar Mohideen
(219) 759-1441
3630 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN
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Pulmonary Disease

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James Bertram Harris, MD
(708) 403-9471
301 W Homer St
Michigan City, IN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Pulmonology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Med Ctr, South Bend, In
Group Practice: South Bend Clinic & Surgicenter

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Siraj K Ahmed
(219) 878-5864
10176 W 400 N
Michigan City, IN
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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Douglas Adolph Mazurek, MD
(219) 464-9054
587 Shatz Dr
Valparaiso, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Porter Mem Hosp, Valparaiso, In

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Charles J Rebesco, MD
(219) 947-6677
1600 S Lake Park Ave
Hobart, IN
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Med Ctr, Crown Point, In; St Mary Med Ctr, Hobart, In
Group Practice: Pulmonary Spec Of Nw In

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Controlling Childhood Asthma

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By Janet Zand, n.d., l.ac.,

Q: What is the most effective natural way to control childhood asthma?

A: Sometimes asthma is triggered by substances the child is allergic to, so one of the most important things you can do is figure out what they are and keep your child’s environment as free of them as possible. Common triggers include pollen, animal dander, dust, feathers, mites, and household chemicals. (For tips on allergy-proofing your home, see the next question.)

Foods can also bring on attacks. Citrus and whole wheat can be a problem, especially when combined with food dyes and sulfite additives. It’s not uncommon for kids with allergies and asthma to have a tendency to get dehydrated, so parents need to make sure they drink lots of fluids.

As far as keeping inflammation in check, essential fatty acids, which are found in evening primrose oil, borage oil, and fish oil, are very effective. You can get all these in supplement form; read the label to figure out the age-appropriate dosage for your child. (If there’s no specific dose information on the label, phone the manufacturer to get it.) With fish oils, make sure to choose a brand that’s certified as “molecularly distilled,” which is less likely to be contaminated with mercury.

Supplementing with magnesium, which dilates the bronchial tubes, can be helpful, too. The downside is that too much magnesium causes a loose stool, so you have to monitor the child carefully. Try giving 100 milligrams three or four times a week for three months. All these natural medicines work best if you rotate them. Try something for a month, see how it affects your child, then try something else.

You might also want to consider your child’s emotional state, since childhood asthma often comes along with emotional trauma. Homeopathic remedies can be helpful with this end of things, but I’d recommend a visit with a homeopath, who can tailor the remedy specifically to the child’s needs.

Another option, which many kids don’t get nearly enough of these days, is regular exercise. Swimming is especially good for kids with allergies and asthma, since the moisture keeps their air passages from drying out, and in time their lungs get stronger. Outdoor pools are best, because the chlorine is better ventilated. (If a child is allergic to chlorine, of course, you’re better off giving swimming a pass.)

Author: Janet Zand

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