Relying on asthma medication in public can stigmatize an adolescent within their peer group and create an even deeper awkwardness and a belief they ‘cannot’ participate in life fully.
As a starting point, a teenagers parents can;
- Test the teen for food allergies and improve the diet at home
• This may create a large challenge for the family due to poor eating habits (timing of meals and quantity of fats and sugars for example) of the family themselves
• Due to the fact that asthma is linked to family habits at home the resolution of adolescent asthma becomes a whole-family project as each person becomes more aware of the asthma triggers that they themselves may have been responsible for
- Use products or include foods that clear the nose, encouraging nasal breathing
- Lead as examples and improve their own breathing habits that may have at times lead to a stressful situation for their children, thereby bringing on an asthma attack
- Become aware of the hormonal cycles and activities that may lead to stress and hyperventilation
• For example, a young man suffering from acne brought on by a food allergy may find themselves craving sugar after sports. Eating sweetened dairy and gluten products may provoke both the allergy and asthma so a possible method is to have a natural protein and unrefined sugar food ready – this takes planning on the family’s behalf
Danielle (not her real name) is a friendly young lady of 12 years old who began the 82 Asthma program after her mother had good success treating her own asthma with the 82 Asthma program. Similar to her mother’s asthma story, Danielle’s asthma had begun to make its presence felt during the onset of adolescence – she had had an asthma attack at night and found it understandingly very difficult to come to terms with the loneliness of being held in the grip of an asthma attack.
Her prescribed treatment is ventolin, and the use of this is recommended for when she needs it.
The first thing evident with Danielle was her evident jaw overbite and the difficulty she found keeping her mouth closed leading to mouth-breathing during the day and night. Her mother had noted her mouth-breathing during the night. She had also stopped exercising and participating in sport due to the onset of wheezing and a tight chest.
Her main goal was to attend a school camp, something she was hesitant to do because of her fear of an asthma attack and the notion that she would forget her ventolin.
As a young lady who spends large amounts of time socially with her friends, asthma was impacting on her life to a large level.
As part of her program Danielle’s exercises consisted of practising Key Exercises 1, 2 and 3 daily until her EBC and EBS improved to a point where she was capable of seeing a trend of improvement herself. She became able to judge the onset of an asthma attack by assessing the length of her EBC times and EBS each day. If she found she was susceptible Danielle was able to take preventative measures by adding in an extra reduced breathing session or steps if necessary. I am in regular contact with the family and She has been able to manage her asthma independently since her program finished.
Danielle’s family had to implement large changes in the family, and due to her mothers enthusiasm and determination mealtimes have become earlier and previous foods and drink that caused blocked noses and mouth-breathing have been replaced with natural ingredients.