Overweight child with asthma, how do we lose weight

@vokey9472 (1489)
United States
March 19, 2007 8:48am CST
I have a 4 year old child with asthma and his doctor just told us that my son is overweight by about 15 pounds. I didn't think of him as overweight, but the doctor says that he is and then told me all the complications to the asthma that could happen. Then he gave me a stern lecture about complications from the weight such as diabetes, bone issues, etc. We have to get the extra weight off, but how do I do that? We have made changes to our diets already. We are a total no sugar house as I have diabetes. We do not drink sodas of any kind. There are no cookies, candies or cakes in our house. For snacks we have hot air popped, plain popcorn or carrot sticks or fruit. Milk is 1% and only served at meal times. I don't know what else to do where our diets are concerned. As for exercise, we take walks and go swimming, but we cannot do anything that would get him winded as that brings on an asthma attack. It is this awful circle, if we actually do stuff that would get the weight off such as soccer, going to the park, kicking a ball around or even T-ball, my son gets too winded to play and has to have a breathing treatment. I dont want him to end up in the ER, which has happened before just from his playing on the playground at school. Any suggestions or ideas would be so appreciated. I could lose another 20-25 pounds myself so I really want to help my son lose the extra weight. I want him to be as healthy as possible.
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• Canada
20 Mar 07
The key question is this, how tall is your son? and how much does he weigh? You seem to be doing a wonderful job with food and routine, yes he is athsmatic, BUT I think that the doctor was very ignorant to talk to you like he did, to make you fear for your son's breathing capeabilities etc. It is quite possible that the athesma is triggered by something other than the excess 10-15 lbs. I know that you want your son to be healthy, and I guarentee that if you focus more on the breathing technique's etc, that I have seen suggested on here, as well as the possible triggers that could set off his athesma, such as pet dander, smoke, and **Hidden black mold** A lot of people don't know it but a home or appartment that has black mold, whether visible to the eye or not, is critical, can can even CAUSE athesma in children. My daughter was diagnosed with athesma when she was 3 years old, for two years we struggled, with the chamber and the inhalers. Once we moved in with my (now) hubby, after about 6 - 8 months, her athesma was much better, and now she is 9 and symptom free. It could be that for your child the 10 -15 pounds, IS healthy, we can't all be graded on a chart, there are differences that make a huge difference such as bone density/measurements etc. I know according to my body mass index for my height I SHOULD be 130- 135 lbs at the most, however, I look very annorexic when I am that small, like I am falling into my body. I feel my best and look my best at around 170lbs, So to a doctor, I would be 35 lbs over weight, but to me, I am healthy that way, and happy! God Bless You! The struggle to be a good parent is a difficult one, I say don't let the "stat's" and "doctor" scare you, I would ask to speak to a nutritionist or a dietician, because perhaps he isn't getting enough calories, and that is causing his body to retain more of the fats? Likely though I think it is just a case of retarded doctor!
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
16 Apr 07
My son is 3 feet 11 inches tall and weighs in at 75 pounds. I see him as muscular but the doctor sees him as fat. He is as tall and weighs as much as his 7 year old cousin. They wear the same size, even in shoes. I think he is just a big, muscular kid.
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
Did you ask your physician if your boy's asthma medicines have steroids in it? It takes years for the steroids to be out of your system. Your doctor might argue that you need the steroids to open your son's bronchioles so he can breathe well in case of an attack. But you have the option to ask for an inhaler that has no steroids. Steroids makes you feel (and look) bloated and even gives you the extra appetite. I was 97 lbs and asthmatic when I was 18. The doctor gave me all sorts of vitamins and medicines for my asthma and in 2 months i was a staggering 125 lbs. It took me years to get rid of excess fat and regain my normal weight because of the steroids which I never knew. My asthma specialist now gives me steroid less meds, you can ask for it. You can also try alternative medicines like herbal supplements. I used to take this Bavarian Brew coffee-a slimming coffee which you drink after meals. It rids your body of toxins and makes you poop after every meal. It works...goodluck
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I never thought about the steroids in his meds. I will talk to my doctor about getting off the steroid meds and using other alternatives. Thank you so much for the information.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
19 Mar 07
In regards to getting the weight to a suitable weight for your son, now you say that you go swimming well one of the best things that he can do is to walk instead of just swimming in a swimming pool, and this does help reduced the weight. I understand what you are saying as I have 4 children with asthma and this exercise was recommended by my eldest daughter who has asthma. Also have a look at some of my discussions as I am always putting out weight issues there and great recipes which are helpful to losing weight.
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Thank you. I will so look into that. I am just at a loss as to how to help my son. He has 4 birthday parties to go to for his schoolmates this month alone. How to you tell a 4 year old that he either cannot go to the parties or that he cannot have the cake and ice cream? Well, we will see what happens. We don't go back to the doctor for 2 months so maybe we can lose a few pounds before then.
@Stephanie5 (2953)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Wow! It sounds like you are doing everything right. If that's the way your house has always been then how did he put on the extra weight? I was going to suggest cutting out all snacks that would be eaten after dinner. I have a 9 year old that is a tad bit overweight and just cutting those snacks out, he's lost about 10 pounds. I don't let him have anything but water after dinner which we eat about 6pm. Also, you could try to do some exercises with him in the house, maybe start with like 5 sit-ups, leg lifts, things like that, so maybe he won't get so winded. Good Luck!
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I think that when he is at grandma's house, he eats totally different from at home. But she is my babysitter when I cannot be with him and when I am not there, I cannot oversee what he is eating or even how much. He is the only grandchild and he has a very over indulgent grandmother, a very generous grandfather and a great grandmother who thinks he is too thin all in the same house. So I am pretty sure that between the three of them, the kid is eating way more than he should. But I cannot do anything about that since I am not there. I have given them instructions on what he is allowed to eat, but I am pretty sure that it doesn't matter since I find happy meal toys in his backpack almost every time she picks him up from school, which is thankfully only twice a week.
@manmaxman (850)
• India
20 Mar 07
with 4 year child it is very diffecult to make daiting to him and asthma is also another problem this bad but there are some solution to this problem ........... due to my sagetion u try yoga it is realy very effective to childerns as well as old peoples in every field
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@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
Wow you seem to be doing everything right. It will probably help if you limit your son's snacks to the minimum, have you monitored what he's eating at school? Maybe he eats some unhealthy food there. Continue your exrcise regimen, swimming is the best for kids with asthma just make him rest for a few minutes when he looks tired. Good luck.
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@abhiteja (146)
• India
20 Mar 07
as i can give u only one idea tat u can make ur child to do asanas in the morning & go for jogging daily & drink fruit juices daily...........
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@abhiteja (146)
• India
20 Mar 07
as i can tell u to do one thing is to make ur child to do asanas daily & drink all juices.............
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@inovator (603)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
just serve them a delicious but nutricious food,,,also monitor their sugar coz its very risky if you dont mind that...
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• India
20 Mar 07
yes,overweight may be a reason for asthma.so please go on the diets changes and the exercises you have already doing for the next three months also.you can surely see changes in weight
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
I am asthmatic too and I think of myself as overweight but when I go to my doctor, she tells me that I am not fat. I'm having a hard time with my weight. I know when I gain weight because my asthma attacks, it's hard to lose weight also because my med has a steroid in it. I wish your child good health as I already experienced the asthma attacks and it sucks.
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• United States
20 Mar 07
It really does sound like you are doing everything right. Only change that I could think of is up the veggie intake even more, and switch to skim milk from the 1%. But I'm sure he would prefer the taste of the 1% alot more! Also, have they done a thyroid test on him by any chance? That could be a reason why the weight is not coming off.
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@cute125 (101)
• Australia
20 Mar 07
This is a hard one for both you and your child. The best way to lose weight is to eat more healthy foods like vegetables and fruits cut back on fatty foods and try to get everyones attention off food. Perhaps find something you both like and do it together. just keep trying in the end you will succedd
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
I think you just have to continue what you are doing right now. You may not see the result yet but soon you will. It would really take time to have the best result. Don't lose hope. Talk to your doctor often about all your concerns about your child's help. He or she has the best answers for your problem. And most especially, don't forget to pray. Prayers can move mountains. I have seen a lot of miracles to tell you honestly.
@onlyu2008 (172)
• China
20 Mar 07
I don't know how much weight is over weight,but I think be healthy is the most important.
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@jsae29 (1122)
• Philippines
19 Mar 07
Both my two sons have asthma, here's some tips when you want you child to exercise. 1. 10 mins. before exercise, give him salbutamol, this will result to less coughing and wheezing 2. warm up first, this will enable your son's body prepare for more rigorous movements 3. For cold weather, a face mask can help keep the air more humid and warm. 4. choose the best location, always watch out for those asthma inducing agents such pollens, dust, and smoke. 5. Swimming and walking is a recommended exercise. You can also try hiking. Taekwondo or any martial arts is also good, they have good breathing exercises. 6. Take rescue medication as close to the start of exercise as possible. 7. Breathe through the nose during exercise. 8. Take brief rests during exercise and use rescue medication, as prescribed, if symptoms start. 9. Cool down after exercise to help slow the change of air temperature in the lungs. 10. In addition, if your child is experiencing symptoms, he or she shouldn't start exercising until the symptoms subside.
• Israel
19 Mar 07
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