Category: Kids and Parents (Page 4)

Let Me Count Your Breathing

Ever do something for so long, it’s like second nature and you sort of forget that people in regular life don’t do it, too? And then you stop doing that thing, and even though it took up a large chunk of your life for several years, you actually forget you ever did it in the […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Asthma Kid to Asthma Tween to Asthma Teen Transitioning

If there’s one thing I know, it’s how to maintain my daughter’s lung health. Over the years, we’ve successfully navigated her early, severe years, her symptom changes, her transition into public school, and even a cross-country move that involved a major geographic/climate change. But now my kid is 11. In August, she’ll enter sixth grade, […]

High-Altitude Hiking with an Asthma Kid

The sandstone cliffs of Eldorado Canyon in Boulder rise up steeply from either side of South Boulder Creek: See what I mean? This is a popular spot for serious rock climbers, and it’s beautiful, although the overcast sky here makes the reddish rock walls look less striking than they actually are. Somehow, I managed not […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Flare Entertainment

Today’s question comes from email: Any moms or dads with preschoolers have ideas to occupy my little one when she’s having a bad flare and I need to keep her from running around too much? (Besides movies and picture books?) Some Suggestions Craft supplies – crayons, stickers, glitter glue, etc. Puzzles White board with markers […]

Your Child Is Allowed to Carry and Self-Administer an Inhaler at School

Asthma perceptions may need tweaking for years to come. Schools like this British one don’t always get it right, and lack of awareness can contribute to ignoring or underestimating the danger of a child’s severe flare. However. As of February 2010, South Dakota became the 50th and final state to pass laws allowing students to […]

Why My Kid and I Blog About Her Health

I read this passage on Eva Markvoort’s Livejournal. Danielle linked to Eva on Twitter about a month ago, and I’ve been following her posts, as she nears the end of her lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis, ever since. David Casarett, M.D. wrote the article, and in it he discusses how most cancer reporting in traditional […]

A Decade of Asthma

Introduction to a Decade of Asthma Here we are at the end of 2009 and in the final days of the Aughts, so, accordingly, the Internet is crammed full of lists to see us through to 2010. Have you, for example, been wondering about the completely subjective top albums or songs from 2000 through 2009? […]

A Roadmap of Asthma Maintenance

(Photo by stock.xchng user tijmen.) Identifying asthma in a little kid is arduous enough and everyone’s got a diagnosis story, but the real work begins after diagnosis. Then you’re looking at a comprehensive strategy of prevention, maintenance, and treatment and a whole lot of guesswork and trial-and-error to get there. Here’s a general sort of […]

Tuesdays Are Your Turn – Coughing, Coughing, Dear God the COUGHING

It’s impossible, I think, to overstate the impact that asthma cough fests can have on your (read: my) emotional state. Friends and family that never see the worst of a child’s respiratory problems, that can’t join in at 2:00 in the morning for breathing treatments during the rough times, that never hear the hacking that […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Sick Box

The worst non-respiratory illness in the Asthma Mom family history went a little something like this: Mr. Asthma Mom came home early from an after-hours work thing one Friday evening because he felt unwell. Sometime in the middle of that night, *unwell* gave way to full-force gastrointestinal symptoms, and those lasted most of the next […]