Asthma And Allergies

Asthma And Allergies , Pediatric Integrative Specialty Services
Childhood asthma and allergies can feel scary to manage on your own. The good news is that with the proper care, you can treat and even reduce asthma and allergies over time. At Bluebird Integrative Pediatrics in West Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Cheri Standing works with parents to find natural, evidence based complementary medicine that improves health long term while also managing the needed medications to assist during acute asthma and allergy attacks. Call us now to schedule a consultation to learn more.

Asthma and Allergies Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs. During an asthmatic episode, the bronchial tubes in the lungs constrict, making it harder to breathe. It may also cause wheezing and coughing. Asthma affects both children and adults, and while some people have specific asthma triggers like allergies, exercise or stress, others do not.

Allergies may cause more serious reactions, so an individualized treatment plan created with Dr. Standing to treat and manage your child’s allergies is very important.

How are asthma and allergies treated?

For long-term management of these conditions, Dr. Standing can recommend diet and lifestyle changes specific to your child’s triggers and symptoms that can greatly reduce the occurrences and severity of attacks, including:

  • Eliminating irritants from their diet
  • Supplements
  • Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods in their diet
  • Traditional medicines  
  • Mind-body relaxation techniques

Depending on your child’s trigger for their asthma or allergies, Dr. Standing can also recommend techniques to either avoid the trigger or better manage your child’s exposure to it. Breathing techniques can help too. Dr. Standing will work with you and your child to make sure you both understand the techniques thoroughly.

If your child has allergies or asthma or both, treating these conditions and keeping an eye out for their triggers can feel scary or overwhelming without help. To learn more about how Dr. Standing can help, the first step is to call us for a free dinner talk reservation. Should you choose to work with Dr. Standing she will begin by meeting with both parents so together you can determine the best plan for you and your child. Dr. Standing’s 4 to 6 month comprehensive programs include individual sessions with Dr. Standing, a health coach, exercise specialists, reading material, group classes and online video material. Dr. Standing and her team will work closely with your family to mentor you through each step of the process to make sure you feel supported. As you and Dr. Standing discover what works for your child, you can help them develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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