Category: Kids and Parents (Page 5)

Kids, Preschool and Remission

Two online articles I’ve read recently highlight some of the larger questions surrounding childhood asthma, its causes, and its outcomes. The first one appears to debunk a popular theory that preschool, which exposes kids to lots of contagious illness at an early age, may help protect children from the over-active immune response involved with asthma […]

Asthma Tips for Thanksgiving

I’m running so far behind today, I’ve got to rely on some holiday-coping links instead of actual content. However, they’re links to my own stuff, so I guess this sort of counts as a real post: Traveling with asthma during the holidays, or any other time.Holiday air freshener vs. asthma, plus some alternative solutions.The elusive […]

When Kids Fight Meds

Back when you guys sent me great feedback (which you can still send, btw) for the yet-to-be-announced new feature, an Asthma Mom reader whose child has asthma, allergies, and reflux emailed me a really thorough, thoughtful reply that included this sentence: I want to know (PLEASE TELL ME) how to get so much medicine into […]

Sending Asthma Kids Back to School

It’s 105 degrees with the heat index here and the midday air resembles soup more than anything else, but I’m still in a fine, fine mood this morning. School starts exactly two weeks from today, and I get to stop juggling writing and editing projects with the summer entertainment of two children. If you’re an […]

Your Asthmatic Toddler May Be Flaring, Not Cranky – The Early Warning Symptoms

I’ve written a couple of times before that I wouldn’t turn this blog into a comprehensive asthma source. For one, the Internet isn’t hurting for good asthma pages–like here, here, and here. And also? Asthma Mom morphed into a blog also about air quality and pollution, children’s health, and of course a weekly collection of […]

Stuffed Animals, Dust Mites, and the Process

I know I need to start washing DS’s stuffed animals, especially the ones he sleeps with. I searched your site for “stuffed animals” to see if you had already done up a post about how to do this, but I didn’t find it. Is there a link you’d recommend, or could I persuade you to […]

Allergies, Colds, and My Neuroses

Helping my kid navigate her way through asthma has felt like a microcosm of parenthood in general, and I’ve long suspected it’s the same for other parents of children with chronic but not (usually) life-threatening disorders. We’re constantly having to make those midline decisions between letting go and hanging on, choices most parents don’t have […]

Talking About Children and Chronic Illness

I had another, different post set up for this morning, but I stopped working on it for 2 reasons: 1. The Medicated Child on PBS last night. 2. Today’s NY Times Article About Robyn O’Brien, food industry conspiracy theorist and mother of a food-allergic child. Neither of these links addresses asthma, but if you think […]

The Ever-Shifting Fine Line

Another weekend, another parenting dilemma. My kid, who I guess I’ll give the pseudonym Asthma Girl in keeping with the theme of this blog, spent last weekend recovering from a cold, and illness is her biggest trigger. She spent most of the week needing her inhaler every 4 hours to control the leftover cough (this […]