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Should My Child Administer Their Own Asthma Medications?
As my two asthmatics get older they are in more and more situations where mom and dad might not be nearby to deal with an asthma attack. This is when it becomes important for them to be able to recognize an attack, notify the appropriate adult or administer their rescue medication on their own.Admittedly, I have not been all that excited about the thought of my children having to administer their own medication. It goes against all of my overprotective instincts. Unfortunately (or fortunately for them), I can't follow them around all day, inhaler in hand. Thankfully, our school nurse was a godsend last school year and helped to teach my girls how to use their inhalers themselves. We continued this throughout the summer to ensure they were comfortable with their medications before it is needed in an emergency.There are no cut and dry answers for what age is appropriate for teaching self-medicating. It depends on a number of factors. Answering these questions can help to determine if your child is mature enough to take on some of the responsibility of their asthma medications themselves.Can your child identify and avoid triggers?If your child does not understand their asthma or what can trigger it they might not be ready to carry their own medication. Teaching your child all
Asthma and Mold Exposure Risk
A patient shares that he noticed “there was mold in the walls of his house or workplace,” and he developed symptoms of cough and congestion. His sputum sample is read by the lab as “presence of yeast.” Mold caused his symptoms, right? Not exactly. What are molds? Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant and animal matter. Mold is found anywhere, especially when moisture is present. Molds can begin growing indoors when the spores land on wet surfaces. That’s why mold is common in basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Mold spores can also exist in fabrics, carpets, stuffed animals, books and wallpaper. So mold is pretty much everywhere. How do we prevent mold exposure and is it toxic? The best way is to control our environment and minimize exposure. If all exposure to mold was toxic, there would be more disease evident. When disease related to mold does occur it’ usually not in the form of infection (as is commonly believed) but rather as inflammation in allergic individuals and those with hyper-reactive airways. Breathing mold spores in large concentrations can trigger an asthma attack, though not necessarily in all patients with asthma. Only asthma patients sensitive to molds will have an asthma attack.
Eli Hendel, M.D.
Should You Join an Asthma Study?
One of the neat things about living with asthma today is there are a ton of studies going on to make things better for us; to find better medicines; to find an eventual cure. We should all at least think about participating in one of these, as the wisdom obtained can make breathing easier not just for us, but for asthmatics of the future. Thirty years ago, as an asthma patient as National Jewish Health, I volunteered to participate in a study. At the time I was diagnosed with “High Risk Asthma.” As part of the study, basically all I did was do pulmonary function tests once a week for two or three months. Of course I was a kid at the time, so I have no idea what the study entailed. Yet, I felt it was my duty as an asthmatic to help out the cause. More recently, my good friend Stephen Gaudet, author of breathinstephen.com, told me about his experience as a participant in the Severe Asthma Research Program (SARP), and tried to convince me to participate. I was a
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What Asthma Moms Want You to Know
With two ten year olds with asthma we "know the drill" so-to-speak. These are a few things this asthma mom wants people to know.We don't want to be excluded.I have found over the years that many parents are uncomfortable dealing with children that have asthma at birthday parties or playdates. I totally understand that and most of the time I am not comfortable with other parents being in charge of my child's medications anyway. That being said, I am always open to staying at parties or playdates to lend a helping hand and keep track of my kids' breathing.We appreciate a heads up.The best thing you can do for a child with asthma is make sure not to schedule play dates when you know your own child is sick without at least discussing it with us first. We don't want to be excluded but we also don't want to put our kids at risk. If your child has been sick, especially with things that are dangerous to kids with asthma - like the flu - within the last 48 hours please let us know. We don't need the amount of time that our kids are sick pointed out to us.The phrase "your kids are sick all the time" is annoying. I think it most frequently comes from a place
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