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How Chiropractic May Help Kids With Asthma

smiling kid with a puppyAsthma is the most common chronic lung disease in children, affecting approximately 6 million kids in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids with asthma sometimes have lower immune systems and a harder time adapting.

Often children with a cesarean birth have a lower immune system, because they miss out on the immune support from the vaginal birthing process. “The biggest correlation we see is when a child gets picked up out of the belly of the birthing person, their mid back becomes subluxated, and those bones in that area lead to the nerves that affect the lungs,” said Dr. Katie.

When Does Asthma Become Present?

Asthma starts to flare up when a child becomes active. Sometimes that can be from 3-6, but often it’s 6, 7 or 8, when kids start running on the playground. That’s usually the age range when parents and kids start to realize there’s an issue with breathing.

What Are Some Symptoms?

Children with asthma experience the following:

  • Cough (daytime, nighttime or both)
  • Wheezing or whistling sound heard while your child is breathing
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath while your child is active
  • Chest tightness

The conventional medical approach to addressing asthma is the use of some type of inhaler to give the lungs, typically a prescription of albuterol. While medicine has its place, if you’re looking for a natural way to help your child manage their asthma, consider pediatric chiropractic care.

How Chiropractic May Help

Chiropractic care helps a child’s body and spine adapt better to their surroundings. And it helps sometimes fix structural issues in the spine and mid back that are having a hard time or leading to the child having asthma.

When Will My Child Experience Improvement?

It depends, as every child is different. Sometimes it’s a couple weeks and sometimes it’s a month or two. There are some children who experience improvement in the first few visits. Usually within a month, kids see a change, and their parents do as well.

If your child has asthma, we want to help. Contact us today to book an appointment!


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