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Top Three Homeopathic Remedies for Asthma in Kids

Homeopathic medicines for asthmaOver 300 million people worldwide have asthma, according to a report. It is one of the top-listed chronic illnesses among children. The rate of asthma in children is increasing significantly every year. Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness among children and the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15. Unfortunately, it is very common that the parents of young ones are not able to recognize the early signs of asthma and usually overlook them as a routine ailment. Though not a life-threatening ailment, asthma in kids can impair their quality of life due to the symptoms it causes. Asthma in kids restricts their life in terms of playing and doing activities where more strenuous breathing is required.

What Exactly is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and results in chronic inflammation of the airways. That means, the small tubes that bring air into the lungs are swollen and inflamed, and at times clogged with mucus. This swelling and clogging makes it difficult for air to move freely in and out.
Asthma is characterized by repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing.

Asthma in children is no different than in adults, but the severity tends to be more in children because they have smaller airways. Homeopathic remedies for treating asthma are not only successful but are also safe and devoid of any side-effects. Homeopathy offers holistic treatment for asthma in children as it goes into the root of the problem to treat it.

Why does Asthma go Undiagnosed in Children?

Asthma usually goes undiagnosed for a number of reasons including the fact that other respiratory diseases have overlapping symptoms. Another major factor is the fact that some children can stay free from the symptoms for long-periods before going through another asthma attack. Also, many kids only show subtle signs of the disease initially. Inadequate information about the true symptoms of asthma also reduces the chances of diagnosing it, as most parents identify asthma only with wheezing. Chest congestion is another symptom that’s sometimes overlooked as an infection such as bronchitis. In infants, asthma is all the more difficult to identify as wheezing may not be heard until they are at least 18 to 24 months old. In such cases, one must look for clues such as a rattling cough, rapid breathing, and frequent chest colds. Small children may have difficulty in verbally expressing the discomfort felt in the chest so there are chances that the parents might not be aware of it.

How Is Asthma Diagnosed?

Although diagnosing asthma in children below the age of five is not so easy, regular visits to a physician can help identify the disease. Understanding signs like the time of a cough, periodicity and recurrence of the problem, family history, symptoms such as wheezing, tight chestedness, signs of allergy, etc. and the physical examination, can help a physician can ascertain whether the child has asthma or not.

Testing of lung function with spirometry or a peak flow meter can also help in assessing the degree of obstruction in the air passages. However, these tests are not effective for very young children, and assessment is based on clinical examination and symptoms.

Homeopathic Remedies for Asthma in Children

Homeopathic medicines for asthma in children help manage the tendency of chronic recurrence. These medicines also reduce the frequency and intensity of the asthma symptoms. Where required, homeopathy also focuses on addressing allergic tendencies (which are a cause of asthma) by moderating the immune system.
Made of natural substances, these medicines do not cause any side effects and can be treated n a safe, effective manner.
Homeopathic treatment for asthma can be used alongside conventional medicine in acute cases of asthma.
In case of an acute asthma attack, it is necessary to get conventional help, (like an inhaler in case of extreme shortness of breath). This provides immediate relief to the child and can be followed by a homeopathic medicine for shortness of breath.

Top Homeopathic Remedies for Asthma in Children

Sambucus Nigra – Homeopathic medicine for Asthma in Children with Suffocative Attacks

Sambucus Nigra is one of the best homeopathic medicines for asthma in children. It is a natural homeopathic medicine prepared from a plant named Common Elder. The plant belongs to the family of Caprifoliaceae. Fresh leaves and flowers of this plant are used to prepare the medicine. Sambucus Nigra tends to bring remarkable recovery in cases of childhood asthma. Nightly suffocative attacks of asthma in children are the key indicators to use this medicine. The child suddenly gets up at night, feeling suffocated. Along with suffocation, the child is restless and cranky. A cough with excessive difficulty in breathing, the expulsion of a small amount of tough mucus, nasal obstruction are the typical symptoms.

Natrum Sulph – Constitutional Homeopathic Medicine to Treat Asthma in Children

Natrum Sulph is an excellent homeopathic medicine used to treat asthma in children. It is a constitutional homeopathic medicine that is highly suitable for treating asthma in children. This medicine works towards eradicating the chronic tendency of asthma in children. A child needing Natrum Sulph has a cough, dyspnea, and rattling of mucus in the chest. An expulsion of green colored mucus may be noted. Asthma triggered by cold and exertion and asthma that worsens in damp weather are the symptoms indicative of using Natrum Sulph.

Arsenic Album – Homeopathic Medicine for Asthma in Children with Breathing Difficulty

Arsenic Album is an important homeopathic medicine frequently used to treat asthma in children. Asthma with extreme difficulty in breathing is treated well with this medicine. The child cannot breathe comfortably due to constricted air passages. He/She puts great effort to breathe normally. Cough is attended with a difficult expulsion of mucus and wheezing in the chest. Homeopathic medicine Arsenic Album is mostly used to treat asthma that worsens upon going to bed, or during midnight.

Other Important Homeopathic Remedies for Asthma in Children

Cina – Homeopathic Medicine for Cough Variant Asthma

Cina is a homeopathic medicine prepared from the plant Artemisia Maritime. It belongs to the family Compositae. Cina is a useful homeopathic medicine for cough variant asthma where violent dry cough is markedly present. Cough is intense and spasmodic and ends with vomiting. The cough appears in paroxysms (suddenly). After a cough, the child may moan and turn pale. Evening and night aggravation, a sensation of being suffocated, and irritability are well noted.

Cuprum Met – Homeopathic Medicine for Asthma with Spasmodic Cough

Cuprum Met is a useful homeopathic medicine for treating asthma with a spasmodic cough. Here child gets a strong, violent fit of cough that ends in vomiting. The child gets stiff feels suffocated, has difficulty in breathing with a cold face and blue lips. Drinking water can help relieve the cough. White mucus may be expelled, and difficulty in respiration along with whistling occurs. The cough tends to appear at night disturbing, disturbing the child’s sleep. A pressure or constricted sensation in the chest may appear. Asthmatic attack when walking quickly is also indicative to use homeopathic medicine Cuprum Met.

Antimonium Tart – Homeopathic Medicine for Asthma with Rattling in Chest

Antimonium Tart is a well-indicated homeopathic medicine for asthma accompanied with cough and rattling of mucus in the chest. The airways seem overloaded with mucus. The chest is intensely congested with great rattling of mucus. Cough is present all the time, without any expulsion of sputa. Shortness of breath and a sensation of suffocation may be present.

Spongia Tosta – Homeopathic Medicine for Asthma with Dry Cough and Wheezing

Spongia Tosta is an excellent homeopathic medicine for an asthmatic cough. The key feature to use Spongia Tosta is a dry cough, with wheezing in the chest. The cough is extremely dry, deep, and bark-like. It is present all day and night. Warm drinks may relieve the cough for a while. Along with this, suffocation and short, difficult respiration is present.

Ipecac – Homeopathic Medicine for Asthmatic Shortness of Breath

Ipecac is a homeopathic medicine for the treatment of asthma. It is prepared from the root of the plant Ipecac. This plant belongs to the natural order Rubiaceae. It is indicated for an asthmatic cough with intense shortness of breath and constriction in the chest. Slight exercise tends to bring shortness of breath. The child has short, panting, heavy breathing with an exhausting cough. Phlegm rattling in the chest may be present. There is marked suffocation. Vomiting appears with coughing. The child’s face turns blue, and the child stiffens with a spasmodic cough. The child may feel better in the open air.

Hepar Sulph – Homeopathic Medicine for Asthma that is Worse in Cold Air

Hepar Sulph is a prominent homeopathic medicine for asthma that gets worse in the cold air. Following exposure to cold air, the child gets a cough along with difficulty in breathing and wheezing. The cough is loose with mucus in the chest. An expulsion of yellow colored phlegm may occur. The cough gets worse in the morning, and consuming cold drinks also makes the cough worse.

Childhood Asthma: Causes

Causes and predisposing factors for asthma in children include:

Genetics

Genetics play an important role in childhood asthma. Children having a family history of asthma or any allergic disease are at risk to develop asthma.

Allergies

Children who have allergic tendencies like nasal allergies (hay fever), atopic dermatitis, are predisposed to suffer from asthma.

Parental Smoking

Smoking by the mother during pregnancy is another risk factor for developing asthma in children.

Low Birth Weight

Children having low birth weight or those who are born prematurely are also at risk for developing asthma.

Symptoms of Asthma in Children

Around 60 to 70 % of children with asthma tend to develop the symptoms before five yrs of age. The symptoms of asthma include the following:

Cough

A Cough is a prominent symptom of asthma, and it tends to get worse at night. Worsening of the cough due to exertion (like while playing) is noted. The cough may be dry or lead to the expulsion of mucus, with other symptoms like difficulty in breathing and wheezing. However, there are cases where only dry cough is present without any other features of a classic case of asthma (like shortness of breath and wheezing).
Such cases are known as cough variant asthma.

Wheezing

Wheezing is a high pitched whistling sound in the chest that appears as a result of an obstruction in the air passages. This happens when air moves through narrow air passages.

Dyspnea

Difficult breathing (Dyspnea) – Dyspnea or shortness of breath tends to appear in asthma from narrowing of airways. Tightening of muscles surrounding the airway and inflammation that causes swelling of airways leads to contraction of the airways. There is also excessive mucus production.

Chest Congestion

Chest tightness and congestion also occur as a result of asthma.

Fatigue

Excessive fatigue, trouble sleeping, and limitation of play time due to breathing difficulty are common symptoms of asthma in children.

Asthma Triggers in Children

Allergens – Molds, pet danders (from hair, skin or feathers), dust mites, pollens, and cockroaches are some common allergens that can trigger asthma in children.

URI – Frequent upper respiratory tract infections like common cold or flu can contribute to asthma.

Cold air, changes in the weather can also trigger asthma in children.

Air pollution, exposure to smoke, and exposure to passive smoking can also trigger asthma in children.

Identifying Asthma

Make sure you consult a physician if your child experiences any of the following signs and symptoms

  • Coughing that is constant or intermittent.
  • Wheezing or a whistling sounds audible when your child exhales.
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing. This may or may not be associated with exercise.
  • Chest tightness.
  • Repeated respiratory infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Identifying asthma in infants and the very young is usually difficult. The symptoms might only show up when the child exerting e.g. Coughing after running, coughing at night or during sleep. Wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath are also accompanied by crying, yelling and laughing. Infants may have problems feeding and may grunt during suckling.

Managing Asthma in Children

Some tips to manage asthma in children include:

  • Reduce exposure to allergens.
  • Keep pets away from the child if he/she is allergic to pet dander.
  • Pollen allergies should be managed by keeping the child indoors and keeping the windows closed during high pollen season.
  • Allergies to dust mite can be managed by washing the bedding in hot water at least once a week. Removing floor carpets from home and not using too many stuffed toys during play also help minimize allergies.
  • Excessive exercise and playing should be avoided.
  • Exposure to passive smoking should be eliminated.
  • Dehumidifiers should be used in humid conditions.

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Comments

  1. Jessica Porter says:

    Dr. Sharma,

    My goal with my child is to provide a better maintenance option verses the maintenance inhaler our dr just prescribed. With school back in and we live in WY, the weather has dropped drastically. Are these remedies for symptom only or can be used daily verses longterm side effects of the inhaler? We are currently working with a naturopath and have been now for over a year with wholefood supplements for the lungs, adrenals, liver, and colds/viruses. We see instant results when he has a bacterial or viral infection and I understand it can take the body a long time to heal but we are not seeing much change otherwise. My son is 6 going on 7 and has suffered since diagnosed at 1. Has many dietary allergies which can trigger it too. We go to a chiropracttor once a week. I’m one tired mama!

  2. chacko m m says:

    Dear sir; my child suffer with asthma ; he have 10yrs old ;what can i do escape from this problem ;yoursfaithfully

    • Tanmoy Dhibar says:

      Sir my daughter is 8 years old. She suffered from cold and cough continuously for last five years. She suffered from pneumonia 2 times earliar. Nowadays she has cough for all season. Dr says there is no mucus in chest. Its in the throat. But occasionally it became worse. On that time her chest filled with mucus. Please help me to recover her from this.

  3. Chandra Prakash Rai says:

    Respected Doctor,
    My 4.5 years daughter has been coughing more than 15 days. Our family Doctor gave her levolin inhaler. He suggest us to give the foracod inhaler for 6 month. My dougter’s medical history is these- She can not tollerate cold and humid weather. This coughing problems were repeated continuesly. She has also the UTI problem.
    So kindly help us to permanent cure of these problem.

    Yours Sincerely
    Chandra Prakash Rai
    Budang-Chumbong
    West Sikkim, 737121

  4. MY KID IN 9 YEARS OLD, WHEN HE WAS 3 YEARS 1ST TIME FELT BREATHING PROBLEM, AFTER SOLVE THE PROBLEM, GENERALLY HE IS SUFFERING TWO TIMES IN A YEAR, DOCTOR PRESCRIBED LIVOLIN & BUDECORT100 INHALER. BASICALLY WE FOLLOWED HE IS SUFFERING WHEN TO MUCH SWEAT, HOT & COLD WEATHER. REPLY ME HOW TO CURE PERMANENTLY

  5. My son is 5 months and at birth had rapid breathing, at 2 months he contracted RSV he has so bad he should have been hospitalized but by the grace of God he barely escaped the ER. Since then he has has constant cough and buildup of mucous. They have cleared his lungs saying he has no bronchial or pneumonia symptoms but said he may be experiencing pre-asthmatic symptoms . They suggested I look into homeopathic medications and remedies since he’s too little to treat or even diagnose . What advice would you give

  6. Jayanti Mishra says:

    Hello Dr. Sharma,
    My son is 4 years old. First he was diagnosed with seasonal allergies and infections induced asthma. Though he until now gasped for breath,but has non stop persistent coughing for almost 3 days. He is on Budicinide and Albuterol. It’s no help. His coughing is still there. It doesn’t even prevent. Few months back my son complained he had stomach pain. Since he is more expressive now. I started doing more research and think acid reflux could also be the reason because he always throws up. He get sour burps. I keep track of his food . No restaurant food, no acidic food but if it’s not acid reflux it’s either cold, infection or allergy. I am not sure whether acid reflux causes coughing or asthma causes reflux.
    I give him Nux vormica prescribed by his pediatrician. It doesn’t control much. I will appreciate if it can tell me what dosage should I give him. Should I give him continuously. How many time a day? And with some other combination.
    We stay in USA. We have proper 4 seasons and the transition from one season to another is hard for my son. Also almost end of each month he gets it. I have noticed 3 weeks cycle.
    I appreciate your time and help if you can guide me.
    Thanks a lot. Looking forward for your reply.

    • Sharafudheen says:

      My child 14 yrs old. He started having symptoms of asthma when he was one. After that he showed symptoms frequently. At times he had to take to hospital for nebulizer and steroids shot. Mostly symptoms aggregate at midnight around 2 PM. Doctor said he may recover after around 8 years. Now the frequency and severity has reduced. But still he is using inhaler.
      He is very sensitive to smoke like(if someone smoking cigarettes at distance) and smell..

      Kindly advise medicine for him

  7. c s yadav says:

    My child 11 yrs old.
    After every 2 or 3 months he suffer for asthma.this is from last 4 years.
    Slightly change of season or he take cold drink or icecreams he suffers.

    Kindly advise medicine for him

  8. Smitha Rajesh says:

    My son is 9 years old . he is suffering from astma. if he takes homeopathic medicine it can be cured permanantly.

  9. Hello sir. My son aged 11 years is suffering from periodic asthma i.e. in the month of April to June when cutting of wheat is started. Rest of the year he mostly suffers from cold. He is suffering from asthma from last 3 years. We were giving him allopatic treatment including rotacaps through inhaler pumps. Can you suggest us please whether homepathy cure this disease completely and we should go for homeopathy treatment ? Thanks in anticipation.

  10. Sarah J Griffith says:

    My 3 year old son gets croup 3x a year or seems, gets to breathing heavy when running around. I myself have been suffering from asthma this season. Anything we can take on a daily basis?

  11. Ashish kumar says:

    Sir,
    Kindly advice me to cure my three and a half year daughter.for the last one year she is suffering from cough at regular intervals.we didn’t notice at the beginning.but for the last six months we observe that she is now suffering with extreme cough and congestion in chest at night .and seems OK at noon.please help me .its very painful for us.

  12. Nirmallya Shil says:

    My son aged about 5 yr &6 month.suffers from cough, does not get relief after taking normal cough expectorant. His mother was diagnosed as having cough variant asthma. Doctor treating my Wife also predicted that my son had a fair chance to suffer from the same.pls prescribe home

  13. Younus Malik says:

    My grand daughter, 2 and a half year old, a bit flabby, suffers from constant running nose. She has severe cough at midnight which terminates in vomiting. Pl prescribe.

  14. Younus Malik says:

    My grand daughter, a bit flabby, suffers from constant running nose. She has severe cough at midnight which terminates in vomiting. Pl prescribe.

  15. My Daughter age is 51 days, she is having Myxomatous Av Valve, Severe TR, Moderate MR, Bicuspid AV Valve, Aortic Anuerism, Mild PPHN. Admitted in NICU from 6th Nov, 2017 doctor’s suggested as Marfan Syndrome Disease. Please tell me is there any cure? Please inform me on 9470434390 ( Ravi)

  16. deepa mattur says:

    my 2 and half years twin boys having seasonal allergy there weezing is worst plz suggest any natural remedies

  17. Hello Dr, Sharma,

    We live in California and my 9 year old daughter has been having cough and wheezing since July of this year. After several Dr visits here, it was finally concluded that she has pollen allergy. She has been taking Albuterol (through nebulizer) and also QVar(spray). These medicines give her temporary relief but she starts wheezing when she goes out to play. Allergy tests have shown that she is allergic to some type of grass and that kind of limits her outside activity. Drs here prescribe Steroid medicines like QVar but we are not comfortable using them due to a bad experience with my wife, who now has bi-lateral hip arthritis.
    I am really hopeful to find a homeopathy medicine for her condition which doesn’t have any side effects. Could you please recommend some medicines for her and also educate us on how children recover from Aasthma as they grow. Are there any precautions/additions that we need to take in terms of food habits?

    Thanks,
    Shiva

  18. pradeep mahapatra says:

    My son aged about 5.5 years is suffering from asthma from his child hood but now a days when asthma attacks he continoously coughs & snizes. Even taking of antibiotics for 10 days does not cure the desease. How to stop this disease please advice ?

  19. Thank you so much for this asthma article my son is 5 and been hacking cough non-stop until I gave him the homeopathic that you recommended on this page he still been having hacking spells but when we give him the natrum sulph he stops.I was just wondering how long do we need to give this to him ? And not sure what potency we’ve been giving him 30 C. Thank you

  20. Doctor my daughter is 8 years old and when ever she catches cold n cough…..she coughs non stop specially during nights…..my dr. has given her montair lc kid tablet dat she takes daily before going to bed for a mnth or sometimes more and slowly slowly this problem vanishes but one of my friend told me, montair is a mikd steroid n shoud not be given ….pls advice me some subsitute to it in homepathy….i ll be thankful

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