(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, may
be a treatment for life-threatening asthma in children, according to a new study
Researchers from the Netherlands evaluated 17 children with life-threatening
asthma (LTA) who were treated with sodium bicarbonate in a pediatric intensive
The treatment involves the use of sodium bicarbonate administered by IV to
help decrease the blood acidity in patients suffering from LTA.
Results show the 17 children with LTA who were treated with sodium
bicarbonate showed a decrease in blood carbon dioxide levels, which in turn
decreased their blood acidity. All but one of the patients showed an improvement
in respiratory distress as well.
Authors of the study conclude, "Administration of sodium bicarbonate in 17
children with LTA was associated with a significant decrease in [carbon dioxide]
and an improvement of respiratory distress. The possible benefits of sodium
bicarbonate in LTA deserve further study."
SOURCE: CHEST, 2005;127:866-870