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Spaghetti Squash (Photo: flickrr.com)

When it comes to food, the wrong or right diet can stir up a child’s asthma.

Allergy shots or tablets may be recommended to boost a patience’s tolerance to allergy triggers.  But what if the allergy is not as severe?

Yanae Gaskins, a mother of three, has suffered from asthma for over 20 years. Her daughter, Kennedy, age 7, and son, Kasey, age 12, suffer from it as well. But Gaskins said that her children’s allergies are  acute (not as severe). Rather, they’re seasonal allergies.

When it comes to breakfast, the family eats oatmeal, fortified cereals high in
fiber, and fruit, such as apples, bananas and raisins. “Anything that causes
phlegm, such as milk, can also stir up their allergies,” Gaskins said.

Kennedy and Kasey are very active outdoors and have even experienced
exercise-induced asthma. When a bought of sneezing, wheezing, or
coughing tries to stop them from playing, their inhaler will be right
next to them for quick relief. Kasey will be attending camp this
summer and will be packing his inhaler right along with him.

After a day in the park, the active mother heads to the kitchen to ensure that her
family gets a healthy dinner. Gaskins and her children are able to eat seafood
and she uses her own recipes to make their favorite dishes. “Pasta is my
downfall, so I make spaghetti squash with turkey or shrimp,” she said. The
family takes a daily multi-vitamin, but Gaskins said that even multivitamins
aren’t everything a body needs. Her children have problems breathing even
when they have a slight cold. To reduce the amount of attacks, the family
takes an over-the-counter medication (OTC), such as Claritin.

Gaskins added, “Eat your colors. Your body will notice it, and you’ll feel the
difference.”

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