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Asthma inhaler is something that many children and adults find themselves reaching for and with good reason. Having the feeling of not being able to breathe, I'm sure is quite scary and a very serious matter.
My son now 8, soon turning 9 had to use the asthma inhaler when he was 5. I remember at the age of 2 he would have this persistent cough. The type of cough that just would not go away even after using cough medicine, which I really wasn't a fan of.
He started using the inhaler after going to see my allergist. I had allergy testing completed and had started immunotherapy and felt that it was necessary for him to be tested since we had similar symptoms to include but not limited to:
After he had been tested, the allergist recommended that he too should start with immunotherapy because of the severity of his allergies. So he did along with using the inhaler. As of today, May 2015, he hasn't used it in about 3 years. He hasn't been on immunotherapy either.
Well the decision was certainly not overnight, it was definitely gradual and kind of just happened. It was after trying certain natural alternatives and then eventually noticing that he did not have to use his asthma inhaler anymore.
We first started him off with neti pot.
I had him use it religiously in order to flush the mucus from his sinuses. The main issue was his sinuses not draining properly, often times mucus would become stuck or stagnant in his ears and then eventually draining into his throat and then his stomach.
When the drainage was occurring, that is when the cough reared its ugly head. When he was younger, there was no way to really pin point what was causing the inflammation. I'm sure it was a combination of him maybe having a slight allergy towards a food as well as environmental.
After using the neti pot for about a year or so, I then discovered OPC, a natural anti-inflammatory, that has really helped him tremendously with managing inflammation.
There are a few things that I have my 8-year old partake in to help manage his inflammation. And these things are done on a regular basis to ensure mucus does not take over. Here are a few things he does:
Keeps mucus from building in ears
Helps to prevent ear and sinus infections
Clears allergens from sinus cavities
Helps manages mucus build up
Rids the body of free radicals and boosts immune system
Supports the normal functions of the respiratory system
Helps build the immune system toward seasonal allergens
Help soothes the throat
Provides an antibacterial defense
Well, it really depends on who you ask.
I feel that incorporating a natural supplement has been truly beneficial to myself and my kiddos of not having to take a ton of unnecessary medication. A supplement definitely does not provide a cure to anything but it does help support the normal functions of the body.
It's not a fix all to everything either. One must be conscientious of what he/she is putting into their bodies.