Food and airborne allergens are often triggers of asthma attacks. Identifying allergens and minimizing exposure to them can help to reduce symptoms of asthma in your child. While it is often hard to identify food allergens, it is well worth the effort if you are able to make a connection and prevent future attacks.
Common food allergens including eggs, shellfish, nuts, corn, wheat, and dairy are a good place to start. Try to be aware of both immediate reactions (true allergy) and delayed onset symptoms (intolerance), as both can contribute to an increase in asthma attacks.
Food additives, including artificial colors, flavors and preservatives are also potential triggers to be aware of. You can avoid these additives by reading labels and feeding your child a diet of whole, natural foods.
Helpful foods that provide support for asthmatic children include:
Many other nutrients, including magnesium, vitamins B6, B12 and vitamin D have also been studied in relation to asthma, and have shown to play key roles in asthma control. It is important, therefore, to make sure that your child eats a well-balanced and nutritious diet. One of the best ways to ensure that your child gets all the nutrients he or she needs is to emphasize a good variety of vegetables and fruit in the diet and balance it with nutritious grains and lentils, healthy fats and lean protein sources.
For information purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, remedy, or prevent any illness or disease. Not to substitute for the care of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
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