One in ten children who have asthma have reported being tormented and harassed due to their condition and the impact on other regards to life differ from country to country according to researchers.
Canadian children with asthma seem to endure the worse, they were more apt to report feeling sad and to show regret of not being able to take part in sports than other children in the world. Dr. William Carroll from Derby-shire Children’s Hospital in Derby, England had reported at the CHEST meeting.
Dr. Carroll has noted that the universal nature of bullying was a surprise. This is something physicians would not normally ask their child patients. We just assume children would not do that however, it seems they were quite wrong and it turns out it is very common.
The evidence in total affirm the need to talk with pediatric asthma patients about being harassed especially in addition as to what influence their disease may be having on their life.
The study called Room to Breathe, had included 1,284 children with asthma and their parents who were interviewed by telephone in Canada, Greece, Hungry, the Netherlands and Britain. Face to face interviews were conducted in South Africa. Children whose ages were eight to fifteen did the interview themselves while parent assisted interviews were done for children four to eight years old.
Established on symptoms provided in the interview, only 15.3% of all children interviewed had complete asthma control.
The absence of total control could be caused by fears of steroids by the parents or oversight of the impact of asthma on children researchers noted.
Dr. Carroll states one large announcement for physicians was the need to have talks about the medications and how they work. Many parents are still concerned about adverse side effects.
Noticeable asthma degrees contrasted greatly between parents and children. Canadian parents had matched their children’s comments by only 46% in all cases.
Control of asthma was comparable for Canadian children who represented North America in the study and also for the rest of the world.
Canadian children were more apt to tell that they felt sad and left out than children in other countries. However, the number of children who had reported those feelings were under 20%.
In Canadian children only around 30% with asthma had felt no different from other children. In other parts of the world the amount was about 50%.
Asthma also impacts a families lifestyle. Among 66% of Canadian parents interviewed the noted making changes such as no smoking in the home, removal of possible allergens, and avoiding artificial or chemical triggers.
Worldwide participating in sports was a major compliant. Around 55% of Canadian children and 45% of children in other countries with asthma stated they wished they could play sports.
The reasoning for the difference in Canada may be the prominence of cold weather sports. Dr. Carroll does remark that cold air is one trigger for asthma. He goes on further to theorize that coaches and teachers may be in part responsible for the limitation in sports participation.
Parents had informed researchers that they did not restrict the children’s activities a lot.
Children in Britain who have asthma displayed a high amount of sports participation.
The statistics and rates of asthma in America are much like those in Canada and Britain and most of the results likely concluded from those countries to the United States. However, the sports activities of children in the United States is not clear.
Allergies and Bullying
One in four teens and young adults in the United States have reported being harassed due to allergies. In a survey of 353 families of children age 0 to 25 years old a staggering 85% of parents reported their children being harassed due to allergies.
Children who are harassed and tormented came in at 65% in verbal taunting and threats, and 35% had reported physical violence. Among the children 65% had noted feeling sad and even embarrassed.
Parents and children’s asthma
Asthma affects many aspects of children’s lives including school work, activities and bullying from other children.
Conventional remedies for asthma is long term use of medications to control the condition along with fast acting rescue medications, both of which are usually delivered by inhalers.
In general these medications are considered safe however, they can produce unwanted side effects and difficulty administering to children. Due to these concerns a lot of parents seek out alternative treatments for their children’s asthma. Other parents wish to use anything available to help maintain the asthma in their children.
Alternative treatments are safe and have been proven effective. It has been advised do not dismiss the conventional means when trying alternative treatments.
A lot of parents with children who have asthma opt for chiropractic care and have stated that with regular chiropractic treatments their child’s asthma had decreased greatly or has been eliminated. Asthma is not curable but the treatments can make the asthma almost non-existent.
One review had noted that after eight months of chiropractic treatments a four year old child’s asthma symptoms had ceased along with his bed wetting problems.
In a 2009, review another child of age seven who had asthma since five months old along with chronic colds and allergies underwent chiropractic care. At time of initial visit he was on Albuterol and Alvert for allergies. After just two weeks of treatments child was not reliant on either medication.
In another study 47 patients with asthma were observed for a period of two years. After chiropractic treatments all patients had shown great improvement in asthmatic condition of 87 to 100 percent.
The Michigan Chiropractic Council preformed their own study to verify chiropractic care and asthma in children. More than 500 parents wanted their children in the study only 87 were chosen to participate. Ages were birth to seventeen average age was ten. After 30 days of treatments only an average of one attack occurred. Medication usage decreased by 70%. Parent satisfaction rated at 8.5 out of ten. In overall 92% of parents considered chiropractic treatments for their children’s asthma as a suitable choice.
Techniques used in acupuncture have been proven useful for children with asthma.
In a treatment of six children with asthma ages ranging from two to eight years old. Acupuncturist used low frequency electrical magnetic energy on the hands. This was done three to four times a week. The therapy activated pressure points on numerous parts of the hands. During four months of treatments patients had no emergency room visits and had greatly decreased the need for medications.
Chinese medicine will use acupressure or Chinese pediatric massage and herbal formulas.
Numerous herbs have been used over the years for the treatment of childhood asthma. Herbs that have been used and noted by scientific studies as effective include in the following:
Please note that numerous herbs can cause interference with certain medications or produce unwanted side effects.
Herbs do vary vastly in quality, dosage and purity. This can make it difficult for parents to decide which ones to use on their children. So never assume that one herb is safer and more effective than another.
If you decide to try herbs it is highly recommend that you check with your children’s health care practitioner first. Secondly, it is best to seek advice from a practitioner familiar in the uses of herbs for childhood asthma such as a herbalist or Chinese Medicine Practitioner.Sources:
Holistic Health Associates