by Cynthia Isaacson, MA
Both parents and their kids with asthma can breathe easy this summer knowing they will be well taken care of at asthma camp. Asthma camps are exclusively for children and teens with persistent asthma, meaning they take daily controller medication. Many of the kids who go to asthma camp are unable to attend a “mainstream” camp because of their chronic disease, required daily medications, or their parents’ discomfort with not knowing the level of care their child will receive away from home.
Your child’s asthma shouldn’t stop you from planning a family vacation or sending your child to sleepover camp or on a trip with friends. With some careful preparation and communication, you and your child should be able to enjoy all the benefits of time away from home.
by Jessica Webb
Emmy award-winning actress Julie Bowen keeps us laughing weekly as Claire Dunphy, the strong-willed but caring matriarch on ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family. But when her oldest son, Oliver, experienced anaphylaxis (a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction) after exposure to peanut butter and a simultaneous bee sting, this real-life mother of three learned that allergies are no joke.
A study presented at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2011 found that obese asthmatic children were nearly two times as likely to have at least one respiratory complication during or after surgery compared to their lean peers.
Children with severe therapy-resistant asthma (STRA) may have poorer lung function and worse symptoms compared to children with moderate asthma due to lower levels of vitamin D in their blood, according to researchers in London. Lower levels of vitamin D may cause structural changes in the airway muscles of children with STRA, making breathing more difficult. The study provides important new evidence for possible treatments for the condition.