Natural Asthma Treatment Iowa City IA

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.

Faiz Ahmad, MD
(212) 305-8208
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Patna Med Coll, Patna Univ, Bihar, India
Graduation Year: 1990

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Ekhard Ziegler, MD
(319) 356-0469
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Pediatrics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Innsbruck, Med Fac, Innsbruck, Austria (407-28 3/1938 To 6/1945)
Graduation Year: 1964

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Tarah Trinity Colaizy
(319) 356-3508
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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Patrick D Brophy
(319) 356-7249
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Carol Lisa Baum
(319) 356-1694
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Majd Makhoul
(319) 356-2256
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Donald Black, MD
(704) 384-4067
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1989

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Fred S Lamb, MD
(231) 271-6511
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1970

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Carol Lisa Baum, MD
(319) 356-1694
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1994

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Jeffrey George Lobas, MD
(319) 356-1118
100 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
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Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1979

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Practitioner's Corner - About Kids

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

About one in every six kids in the United States has allergies, and rates of childhood asthma, which is often triggered by allergies, have skyrocketed. So I hear from a lot of parents who are looking for natural ways to treat these illnesses. I start by saying that if they’re going to try these remedies, they need to make them part of a strategy that includes conventional treatment—especially for asthma, which can be life-threatening. If your child is gasping for air, you shouldn’t reach for anything but a bronchodilator.

That said, there are some effective natural strategies that can lessen the chances of an attack. Both allergies and asthma result from the immune system overreacting to generally harmless substances and—in the case of asthma—triggering inflammation of the lungs. Natural therapies can help get the immune system back in balance and calm the inflammatory response.

Here are some of the most common questions I hear on these topics. 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, ...

Author: Janet Zand

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