Category: Reader Response (Page 2)

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Allergy Testing

From my email: My daughter has had asthma for 3 years and this had been quite an learning experience. I am curious if other families have had their kid allergy tested and if they found that beneficial? The great chase for the trigger!!! – Jen I took my 11 year-old asthma kid in for a […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Baby and Toddler Suspicions

I write a lot about parents’ instincts and those gut feelings we all have when it comes to just plain old raising children and also the more complicated subtleties of kids’ medical treatment. Now be honest: Did you know or suspect your child had a health problem before the asthma diagnosis? I didn’t. One of […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – The Family Get-Together

Today’s question, from my email, is just in time for these pre-holiday months: How do you handle family gatherings (i.e. holidays and birthday parties) when someone in your extended family is sick? My family totally does not understand asthma, or asthmatic triggers. It seems like often during family gatherings, one of my nieces have a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Kids’ Allergy Shots at Home

What’s proposed in today’s question would ease most of the inconvenience and probably some of the fear involved in weekly allergy shots for kids: Can allergy shots be given at home to kids? I have an adult friend who, after some training of course, administers her own allergy shots at home. I asked the staff […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Confronting Public Smokers (Or Not)

Last week Kelley sent me this question: [W]e’ve been spending a lot of time outside at the beach, park, etc. Smoking is illegal here in all public parks including the beach, however, I always (at least every other time) have someone doing it anyway. Most people will go where they are supposed to when I […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Heat

The high in Denver today is forecast for 97 degrees. Which, because this is Colorado, means all the local news and Twitter feeds focus on the heat, the high temperature that will possibly break records today, the dangers of such a hot sunny day, AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, HAVE WE MENTIONED THIS TERRIBLE […]

Tuesdays are Your Turn – Vacation Flares

When you have an asthma kid and you tell people you’re heading out on a short summer trip and then at the last minute, halfway to your destination, you have to turn around, head back down the mountain and cancel your reservations, you’ll probably get questions like this: “Is it because of AG? Is she […]