Eliminate asthma triggers to make your home asthma-friendly and allergy-friendly. Identify Asthma Triggers: The first step to eliminating your child’s asthma triggers is to find out what the triggers are. Keep an asthma diary or “log” of symptoms. Try to relate the attacks to the activities, foods, environment, anything that you can think of that your […]
Asthma is Complex (video) Asthma heterogeneity underlies the difficulty, the challenge, of developing effective asthma therapy. This heterogeneity – the fact that asthma is complex and a multifactorial disorder – is nicely explained in this video by Dr. Arron. It’s pretty high-level, reviewing the heterogeneity of asthma pathophysiology, but is a great step on the […]
Asthma, and the associated chronic aero-digestive inflammatory disorders (ear infectins, rhinitis, sinusitis, etc), can be challenging to manage. However, in addition to the pharmaceutical treatments that your doctors may prescribe, you also may want to consider the non-medicine solutions: yoga, meditation, herbal remedies, even acupuncture. This asthma video explains the airway inflammation that occurs, and I review the non-drug remedies to control asthma.
Study published recently in JAMA Pediatrics examined the relationship between length of breastfeeding and later cognitive development at ages 3 and 7 years. They measured language development, visual motor development, memory, and IQ. The authors conclude that duration of breastfeeding is correlated with IQ later in life. Just add SMARTER KIDS to the growing list of breastfeeding benefits!
Severe GERD in children and infants can be life-threatening. But, unlike gastro-esophageal reflux in adults, GER in children and infants never presents as heartburn! Instead, their symptoms are respiratory: chronic cough, breathing problems, bronchitis, pneumonias, recurrent croup, recurrent sinusitis. The challenge is that these children and infants are mis-diagnosed with asthma. And, the majority of them will see multiple physicians before someone makes the correct diagnosis. Read more to learn about the symptoms, and what to do about it!
34 Million diagnosed with asthma in USA during their lifetimes / This Number is Growing!! Predicted to be 100 Million by year 2025! / 20 million Americans diagnosed with asthma Right Now / 9 Million children less than 18 years diagnosed with asthma / Asthma responsible for 500,000 hospitalizations per year in US / Children aged 5-17 years miss more than 12 Million days of school per year / Adults miss more than 10 Million days of work per year due to asthma / Cost of asthma nearly $20 Billion per year!
Severe. Seriously Severe: If you, or your child, struggles with severe asthma, there is a recent procedure that may hold promise: bronchial thermoplasty. My clinics tended to attract the children who most physicians had given up on. Or, to be more accurate, the children whose parents had given up on most physicians. They were the […]
Is Grime Good For Our Kids? We are a nation obsessed with cleanliness, convinced that dirt is dangerous. We carry hand-sanitizer (“hanitizer” according to my 4-year-old), and we see sanitizer dispensers everywhere: schools, gyms, the library. And that seems reasonable. After all, we transmit fewer bacteria between us when we sanitize our hands on a […]
Quercetin is a potent over-the-counter, naturally-occurring anti-inflammatory agent. It is the strongest naturally-occurring antihistamine, and is available as chewable tablet for children! Recommended by “Treatment Alternatives for Children” by Lawrence Rosen, MD.
Restore lost control of breathing through Yoga. Clinical studies have proven that yoga can help reduce frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Consider yoga for you or your child’s anti-asthma regimen.
Mothers often know more than doctors. A mother with a sick child has seen and heard it all, has been to many “experts,” and has often tried many “alternative” remedies. We can all learn from a mother’s experience. Introducing Tasha, mommy to Mike, who will share her experience here on this site, on the topics of eczema, asthma, allergies, and some natural remedies.