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Treating Kid’s Asthma with Chiropractic Care
Apr 14, 2015

Kids Asthma Treatment | AICA JonesboroWhy Jonesboro asthma treatment for kids is different.

Did you know… a 10 year old student in Jonesboro died of an asthma attack waiting for the bus home from school

… because district policy forbade students from carrying Asthma inhalers.

In response, the American Lung Association, Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Human Resources pressed the government to change the law to allow students to carry inhalers.

If your child has asthma, make sure that your son or daughter’s school has an asthma program.

And if you want more information about treatment, here are more things you should know – from the causes of asthma to medical intervention and the case for chiropractic treatment…

Asthma Facts


  • 22 million people have asthma.
  • 12 million people have an asthma episode or attack each year.
  • 4 thousand people die each year from asthmatic symptoms.
  • 7 thousand people die each year when asthma is a correlated cause.

The Stages of an Asthma Attack

The lining of the airways gets inflamed

Mucus increases the tightening of air passages

In severe asthma the cells lining the airways in the lungs fall off and block oxygen.

Five Points

It’s still up in the air why some people have symptoms of asthma and other people don’t.

It’s a chronic disease, which means it may change in nature to become more or less severe, but it’s not going away.

Asthma is an inflammation of your breathing passageways, similar to allergies:

  • Muscles in your air passages clench
  • Inflammation impedes airways
  • Mucus adds layers the air has to penetrate
  • This leads to a shortness of breath

Allergies and asthma often come together – they’re caused by the same allergens, and both stem from your body’s over sensitivity to environmental particles.

Childhood asthma is one of the most common in conditions. In fact children are twice as likely to contract asthma than adults.

  • There are 5 million children under the age of 18 with asthma.
  • Asthma is the 3rd highest cause of hospitalization for kids.

How Bad is Your Child’s Asthma?

Severity of Asthma:

Severity of asthma is assigned with these criteria according to the Center for Disease Control

Persistent Severity:

Long term medication needed, or the asthma is poorly controlled despite medication. 60 percent of children with asthma have persistent asthma.

Intermittent Severity:

Well-controlled without the need for long term medication. 40 percent of children with asthma have intermittent asthma.

The States with the most severe cases of asthma:

  • California
  • Arizona
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Mississippi
  • Indiana
  • West Virginia

Georgia is a CDC funded state for Asthma.

Doctors Who Can Help

Pediatrician: Your pediatrician is probably your first stop when dealing with asthma. Part of their job is to diagnose and treat childhood asthma, and they can prescribe the right medication and refer in cases that are more extreme.

Internist: Because asthma stems from our immune system’s response to foreign attack, internists, who are specialists in how disease affects the body and how our bodies fight back, can also assist in diagnosing and treating the condition.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist: This is a nurse or lung expert, though not a doctor, who specializes in the lungs, and lung conditions. Their proficiency in the lungs and its conditions, especially dealing with asthmatic symptoms, is an option when you’re seeking treatment. Among their specialties is providing support for exercise and handling stress that are exacerbated by asthma.

Chiropractor: Increasingly, parents are sending their children to chiropractors for asthma treatment. If the asthma is mild enough, this can be a first option if you’re interested in the chiropractic, low impact and non-invasive techniques offered by chiropractors. Children getting traditional medical treatment from asthma specialists, or who are taking heavy medications to deal with chronic symptoms can also helped by chiropractic techniques in certain cases. Chiropractors don’t prescribe medication, but you can find DC’s who offer natural supplements along with adjustments that prove effective in relieving pain, illness and symptoms that may include asthma reactions.

For more information about asthma, read the material on Asthma produced by the CDC.