We often have parents who ask us if food can impact asthma symptoms, either positively or negatively. There have been no scientific studies that show any impact of food on asthma symptoms. However, we have heard anecdotes from parents about how limiting some foods has been helpful in managing their children’s symptoms. Milk and other dairy products are often examples of this, which can increase mucus production. Still, we do not have enough evidence to advise parents to use this as a treatment. Ultimately removing something from your family’s diet is up to you. If you feel the diet is something you can easily follow, then you can absolutely do so.
If your child experiences a difference in asthma symptoms depending on what they eat, that could be a food allergy. In these cases, it is important to get in touch with your pediatrician.
Asthma can have many triggers, so even if it seemed that food may have helped or hurt in a situation, it could have another variable that has not been taken into account. If you have any questions about your child’s asthma or any diet restrictions, it’s always a good idea to give your pediatrician a call.