Thursday, February 10, 2011

Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Allergies and asthma often start in childhood and continue throughout life. Asthma is the most common chronic disorder in childhood, currently affecting about 6.2 million Americans under age 18. And 70 percent to 80 percent of school-aged children with asthma also have allergies. Although neither can be cured, with proper care allergies and asthma can usually be kept under control. The new book Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know is an invaluable resource for parents and caregivers trying to cope with the challenges of childhood asthma and allergies. First published 10 years ago,(by the AAP) this well-organized guide covers such topics as
•Identifying allergies and asthma
•Preventing attacks
•Minimizing triggers and avoiding allergens
•Choosing medications wisely
•Explaining allergies to young children
•Helping children of all ages manage symptoms
•What to do if a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction or asthma attack occurs

Allergies and Asthma now provides updated information on allergies—including the latest findings on food allergies and treatments—along with new approaches for monitoring asthma control, with expanded recommendations for children. The second edition provides new guidance on medications, new recommendations on patient education in settings beyond the physician’s office, and new advice for controlling environmental factors that can cause asthma symptoms.

Being a mom of two children with asthma and allergies I already have ordered this book and can't wait to read it. We are not sponsoring this book, but wanted to give you some new information and tell you of a new resource available to parents. The doctors at Willow Creek approve recommendations from the AAP.
--Remember to schedule your yearly Asthma exam with your pediatrician and if you have any questions about this please feel free to call our office.
**info by AAP

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