A study released this week found a connection between chronic croup and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease . You may have heard of croup, a common viral illness in infants and toddlers with a characteristic barking cough. In most cases, croup comes on suddenly in the middle of the night.
A Croup/Reflux Story
Whenever I think of croup and reflux, I think of a Reflux Mom I know who kept calling me about her toddler. Usually she would call me in the morning and give me the details of her long night:
My son woke up in the middle of the night with croup again. I turned on the shower and steamed up the bathroom, a common treatment for croup. His would not stop coughing and his breathing became worse and worse so I decided to head for the ER. Going out in the cold, damp air calmed his breathing so I just drove around until dawn while he slept peacefully in his car seat.
One night, she drove to the hospital ER but the coughing had stopped by the time they arriv...
Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case. People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms . Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic. Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult! Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis. Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives. Lessons to L...
In this entry, I would like to discuss some things to think about as families go back to school in terms of asthma. One is the increase in asthma exacerbations during this period, and the other some thoughts about asthma control as kids go back to school.
Asthma gets worse in September For several years, doctors and patients have observed that asthma control, including asthma exacerbations, increase in September. Some doctors and scientists have even called the increase in hospitalizations for asthma the "September Epidemic."
The reason for this remained obscure until recent studies that looked into the major causes of worsening asthma control and if they changed in September. It turns out that the increase in asthma worsening and kids going back to school are not merely coincidences. A detailed study of asthma attacks looking at many individuals (using 12 years of hospitalization data from the Canadian health ministry) showed that there is a sharp spike in asthma hospitalizati...
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