Asthma Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Mild, Moderate and Severe Asthma: Signs and Symptoms

    Mild, Moderate and Severe Asthma: Signs and Symptoms

    If you think your child has asthma, the first step is to visit your healthcare practitioner for tests and recommendations (and click here to sign up for the Asthma Care Plan from Keas™ a website that helps you develop plans to keep you and your family healthy and happy). But here are descriptions I consider […]

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  • Reducing Chlorine Exposure for Young Children

    Reducing Chlorine Exposure for Young Children

    Get out your watch. How many hours a child spends in a chlorinated swimming pool before age 2 appears to influence the risk of that child later developing asthma and nasal allergies. We’ve known for years that when you smell chlorine, the chlorine fumes in the air can trigger an asthma attack in a child […]

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  • Secondhand Smoke and Kids’ Sleep

    Secondhand Smoke and Kids’ Sleep

    Who would want to give their children nightmares? Or night terrors? Who wants to make bedtime battles worse? Who would want to make it take longer for their children to fall asleep once they get in bed?  Who wants their kids to sleep worse when they finally do drift off? Who wants their children to […]

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  • Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies, and Animal Dander (Pets and Pests)

    Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies, and Animal Dander (Pets and Pests)

    All warm-blooded animals — including pets and uninvited rodents — produce dander that could trigger asthma in children who have become sensitive to it.

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  • Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies and House Dust Mites

    Tips for Managing Asthma, Allergies and House Dust Mites

    House dust mites are tiny creatures that live in pillows and mattresses, carpets, and couches – quietly eating dead skin cells and hair. And pooping. They require humidity and food to live. Many children with asthma are allergic to house dust mites and their droppings.

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  • Clindamycin

    Clindamycin

    Clindamycin is strong antibiotic used to treat difficult bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Cleocin on the label. It comes as liquid or capsules, and is also available as an injection or IV antibiotic.

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  • Chemicals in Your Environment

    Chemicals in Your Environment

    Parents are often surprised when I tell them that a great number of the products we use in our homes are not necessarily evaluated and declared safe by a government entity. The paints that cover your walls, the stain-resistant fabric that covers your furniture, the very carpet under your feet… these things can contain toxic […]

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  • Doubling Vitamin D

    Doubling Vitamin D

    Today at our annual meeting in Boston, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the recommended amount of vitamin D that children get each day to 400 IU, in response to mounting evidence of the life-long health benefits of getting plenty of the sunshine vitamin.

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  • Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?

    Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?

    How quickly does being overweight affect health? Overweight babies and toddlers under age 2 already show signs of health problems according to a study in the August 2008, Pediatrics. Those over the 95th percentile in weight (for their height) were more likely to get hospitalized before their second birthday. And more likely to be hospitalized […]

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  • Steroids, Asthma and Bones

    Steroids, Asthma and Bones

    Sometimes accepting some side effects can help prevent worse side effects. We know that when a child is having an ongoing asthma attack, taking oral steroids for a few days can help turn the corner by reducing swelling and inflammation in the airways. However, studies in adults have shown that getting short courses of oral […]

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