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Key Paleo Changes for Asthmatic Kids?

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Created October 19, 2010 at 1:14 AM

My five-year-old just got diagnosed with asthma. He's been eating paleo at home, but I have to admit that I haven't been strictly policing what he eats outside of the house (i.e., school and friend's houses). Obviously, now I intend to go Dirty Harry on the issue.

Any parents or asthmatics out there with ideas on what the "key" or most important dietary changes are for controlling asthma and getting my boy off the inhaler? I'm thinking gluten elimination (his kindergarten teacher thought I was crazy for politely asking her to stop giving him Goldfish), omega-3 supplementation, and possibly dairy elimination as the big three (I'm lacto-paleo with no issues, so I haven't really curtailed the dairy before).

Thoughts?

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on October 20, 2010
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Krill capsules have almost no fishy taste to me.

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on October 19, 2010
at 07:10 PM

Magnesium is the key nutrient, probably synergistic with n-3 and vitamin-d3

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on October 19, 2010
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I hadn't thought of an allergen prick test. My sister's asthma is triggered by shellfish (severe allergy), so that's a good idea.

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on October 19, 2010
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It's tough to police kids outside of your home, and you really don't want to do it in a way that makes your kid feel deprived (of birthday cakes, etc.) and resentful. I don't have any good solutions for you, unfortunately, but keep this in mind so that you don't get a backlash from him. Good luck.

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on October 19, 2010
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Cook fish/shellfish?

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on October 19, 2010
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Capsules from NOW ? No taste at all.

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Honestly, until yesterday, he just spit the fish oil (Carlson's liquid) out. But when I told him it was medicine and would help him breathe, he finally swallowed it. I also gave him some bacon to eat immediately after so he could get the taste out of his mouth.

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I've been using the Carlson's Vitamin D drops with him during the rainy season (which is most of the year here in the Pacific Northwest of the USA).

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on November 03, 2010
at 12:00 PM

I too didn't notice a complete change until I stopped the generous portions of nuts I was eating. Personaly, magnesium I find really helpful, dairy doesn't affect my asthma at all (except if I'm sick I might get phlegmy), grains definitely affect how much I need to take my ventolin, and all vegetable oils are out of the question.

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on October 20, 2010
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I have exercise-induced asthma, which may admittedly be different from other forms of asthma. In my personal experience, my degree of airway constriction is directly proportional to my omega-6 intake. I avoid vegetable oils like the plague and try to eat as many ruminants as possible, along with cod liver oil supplementation. Now I am completely asymptomatic until I go eat at a restaurant and get a healthy dose of PUFAs...

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on October 19, 2010
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I had asthma growing up.. switching to paleo was extremely beneficial for my asthma. But throughout my childhood, my asthma was much worse during the winter months than the summer. I have found lots of studies showing correlation between vitamin D and asthma, which explains my seasonal asthma. I have recently been taking cod liver oil, which I would recommend.

Also, not eating anything for a few hours before bed has helped prevent asthma attacks in the middle of the night, not sure why but it works. I would also recommend you wash carpets and bed sheets more than you normally would. And don't vacuum with your kid around. Dust is terrible for asthma.

Finally, certain flowers can trigger asthma. We didn't pinpoint this for years but lilys really triggered my asthma. Once I found it out, it was extremely clear. Just being in the same room as a lilly for a few mins and my asthma would flare up

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on October 20, 2010
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Not a kid, but I have had asthma since I was 2 or 3. Fed up with steroid inhalers I started paleo, cutting out ALL grains, all sources of sugar, milk, cheese, etc, all seed oils and started eating lots of fish. Also take vit D pills.

After 2 months I was able to reduce, then stop totally all steroid inhalers. For the 1st time in over 50 years, it is like I almost don't have asthma.

I rate the grains top, then the omega 6 / 3 balance.

I notice someone mentioned that magnesium was key - well, in my experience it isn't. According to FitDay (how accurate is it though??!) my magnesium intake is way low. I have stated using mag oil when I remember - but it is not often to be honest.

Cut out bread, cereals, sweets (candies), pasta, pizza and add fish!

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on October 19, 2010
at 01:56 PM

30 day elimination test with singular reintroductions to determine potential allergens.

A food journal

An allergen prick test

Supplement vitamin d3

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on October 19, 2010
at 02:44 PM

I hadn't thought of an allergen prick test. My sister's asthma is triggered by shellfish (severe allergy), so that's a good idea.

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on October 19, 2010
at 01:42 AM

Dairy would be the prime suspect, then gluten like you said. Yes, Omega-3's and Vitamin D supplementation (high vitamin cod liver oil would cover both)

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on October 19, 2010
at 01:57 AM

I've been using the Carlson's Vitamin D drops with him during the rainy season (which is most of the year here in the Pacific Northwest of the USA).

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on October 19, 2010
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Does anyone know how to supplement a kid with Omega-3's. I also have 5 year olds and younger children and the kids supplements out there taste terrible!!

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on October 19, 2010
at 01:55 PM

Cook fish/shellfish?

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on October 19, 2010
at 02:00 AM

Honestly, until yesterday, he just spit the fish oil (Carlson's liquid) out. But when I told him it was medicine and would help him breathe, he finally swallowed it. I also gave him some bacon to eat immediately after so he could get the taste out of his mouth.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on October 20, 2010
at 12:44 PM

Krill capsules have almost no fishy taste to me.

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on October 19, 2010
at 06:10 AM

Capsules from NOW ? No taste at all.

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