In the U.S., around 20 million people have asthma and 9 million of them are children. Childhood, or pediatric, asthma exhibits the symptoms of persistent cough that stays for days or weeks, a wheezing sound when breathing out, frequent colds which settle in the lungs, and sudden breathing problems. Furthermore, due to children’s smaller airways, their asthma attacks can be particularly harmful and, at times, fatal without proper medication or prompt hospitalization during severe cases.
To avoid or reduce asthma symptoms, doctors recommend that parents observe and identify their children’s asthma triggers and, if possible, reduce their presence in the immediate environment. Learn more about the triggers of childhood asthma and why an organic mattress may be important to preventing asthma attacks.
Triggers of Asthma Attacks
Different factors can trigger asthma attacks, although, most of them are found in the environment. Some common outdoor allergens are pollens from trees, plants, and grass, while indoor allergens consist of pet dander, mold, and bed mites, among others. Additionally, certain drugs and food ingredients may cause asthmatic reactions as well. Even chemical irritants in frequently used materials such as mattresses, clothing, and toys may cause asthma.
Besides the aforementioned culprits, strenuous physical activity, colds, and weather conditions can lead to asthma attacks.
Finally, undue stress from people and abrupt changes in the social environment may initiate asthma symptoms.
Your child may be vulnerable to one or more of these triggers. While it may be hard to pinpoint all the causes of asthma attacks, closely observing the conditions of every symptom as it arises can help determine trigger points. Afterwards, you can try to control as many trigger factors as possible, especially when they are in the form of chemicals and foods.
Organic Beds for Decreasing Asthma Attacks
Several beddings can offer respite from allergens, including an organic mattress that reduces or eliminates several common asthma triggers. In particular, while the usual mattresses may contain toxic polyurethane foam which breaks down and irritates the lungs, organic mattresses use only safe and natural materials. Likewise, organic mattresses do not use fire-retardant chemicals which are often sprayed on other kinds of mattresses to make them fireproof.
Finally, organic beds should be GOTS-certified. The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) are the foremost organic textile processing standards for safe, natural mattresses. GOTS ensures the use of authentic organic materials in mattresses, and that each mattress is processed without the use of toxic chemicals.
Since airborne dust, bed bugs, and chemicals can trigger asthma attacks, your mattress may be one of the main culprits in your children’s respiratory problems. Take into consideration that your children spend a third of their life sleeping. It then only makes sense that you should invest in a mattress that is good, and not detrimental, to their health.
Consider buying an organic mattress which is certified to be free from toxic chemicals and have durable materials that will not easily disintegrate. The right organic mattress can help your children sleep better and live healthier.
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