Category: Asthma (Page 4)

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Cough Drops and Syrup

When I found out my now 11 year-old daughter has asthma, she was two. And right after dropping that bomb of a diagnosis, her doctor gave me the advice that’s probably familiar to most of you: – No cough suppressants – No vapor rub – No cough drops Because if your kid practically hacks up […]

Friday Links – Comprehensive Look at Vitamin D Research, Boulder Wildfire

You Might Want to Look Into Vitamin D Supplements We’ve been hearing about vitamin D and the possible benefits of a little more sunshine in your life for some time now, but no one recommends or prescribes supplements for asthma yet. This group studied all the PubMed research on the subject from 1950 to 2009, […]

Asthma Mom’s Rules for Enduring Flu Season

Possible alternate title for this post: My Influenza Prevention Tips, Plus Coping Tricks When Prevention Falls to the Petri Dish of Elementary School Here’s what I focus on in the Asthma Mom household: Getting Flu Shots Washing Hands Always, always, always. And then again one more time. Eating and Sleeping Well Connections between nutrition […]

Cop Who Ignored Dying NY Asthma Girl Identified, Suspended

This is a Public Service Announcement for everyone, police officers or not and in New York or elsewhere, who might some day confront a man, woman, or child who is flaring and struggling to breathe. Asthma kills. Let me write that again: ASTHMA KILLS. It doesn’t happen very often. Most asthmatics can do everything that […]

Friday Links – Inhaler Wars, Harold Dow and Summer Asthma Deaths

Mold and Kids’ Asthma in New Orleans, 5 Years After Katrina High post-Katrina levels of asthma among New Orleans residents is the big story here, and it’s a devastating one. At the end of this particular interview, though, something else caught my eye. Dr. Floyd Malveaux, when talking about his intervention and treatment program of […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Medical Advocacy in Schools

Speaking of asthma and school, as I’ve been doing here ad nauseum lately, Samantha has a question about groups that might help asthma parents resolve school issues. Samantha tells me her friend, another asthma mom, has been struggling with her child’s school over the timing and frequency of medication and nebulizer treatments and could use […]

Health Tips for the School Year

The First Day of School. My asthma kid’s starting sixth grade, her last year of elementary school, and her sister is a third grader this year. With school back in session and since Colorado sits poised on the verge of fall, this time of year my focus shifts conversations with the new teacher about my […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Talking to a Child About Fatal Asthma

Last Friday Libby left a link to the following story in the comments: Ickey Woods, who used to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, lost his 16 year-old son, Javonte, to asthma over the weekend. After varsity football practice on Wednesday morning, Javonte suffered what sounds like a severe attack that night and ended up on […]