Rise of breathing issues in children

Almost 4 out of 10 children born today suffer from respiratory issues among which the most common is asthma. Although it is believed that sinus is hereditary, if a sinus affected patient remains exposed to dust or lives in close interaction with dust mites and bed bugs during sleep, it results in asthma.

Symptoms of asthma occur when the airway becomes inflamed and constricts to make breathing difficult. Genetic factors may be a reason for asthma, but environmental factors such as exposure to pollution and indoor allergens have caused respiratory issues to prevail among children.

According to Sleep Research Foundation, 10% of parents complain about their children having trouble breathing during sleep.  While some parents have observed their child coughing or sneezing even during favorable climatic conditions, a few have complained their children breathing heavily during the night.

“The fact that most parents d

o not realize is that even if the child is provided with a healthy environment and are not exposed to pollution, factors such as dusty upholstery and mattress causes respiratory issues among children,” said Dr Naveed Iqbal, a local practitioner at a government hospital adding, “For people with asthma, especially children, it is very important to get adequate sleep. Also, there is some evidence that people with asthma are at greater risk of developing sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep.”

One common trigger of nighttime symptoms is dust mites. In order to reduce exposure to dust mites, make sure that the bedroom is clean and free of dust. Sleep Research Foundation states that nocturnal asthma symptoms may result from decreased respiratory function during sleep. Taking anti-inflammatory medications may help this condition but increased use to mattress that is polluted with dust, bed bugs and dust mites continue to worsen the condition. Master Fresh Guard technology introduced in Pakistan recently is an innovative solution to preventing dust mites, bed bugs, fungi etc in a mattress.

To prevent breathing disorder during sleep parents should ensure a clean and healthy environment for the children.

US based Doctor Muhammad Arif stated, “People with asthma are at greater risk of developing sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. It is important to get a detailed check up to determine if the patient is suffering from asthma.

In order to keeping the condition from getting worse its best to ensure your mattress is equipped with Fresh Guard technology.”

Breathing disorder during sleep is one of the major issues causing Sudden Infant Death (SIDS). Apart from dusty or dirty mattress, soft bedding or unsafe beds are dangerous for infants. Loose bedding such as blankets and pillows are equally unsafe.

Precautions such as making the child sleep on firm mattress and more importantly a clean one can help prevent breathing issues that may lead to SIDS.

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Marian Sharaf Joseph

Marian Sharaf Joseph is an independent journalist with 12 years of experience. She has assisted foreign publications and channels in their projects in Pakistan. She was also jury member for Lux Style Awards.

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