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Article: Shout-Out to Asthma Parents

I actually teared up when I read this

"kids get a million colds a year and what might be a nuisance to some always amounts to a special kind of **** for my family (i.e., keep your **** germs away from me)" such a true article start to finish.   The struggle is real

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  • LK

    Thanks, TIffany.  Good article that is definitely written by someone who's been there!!  

  • Shea

    Yes… Things like teaching parents and kids good hygeine practices can be tough. I decided not to daycare my son (who has allergies and excema but no asthma as of now although hes high risk to develop it so I am doing all I can to prevent that) in part because it is si germy and working parents often dont have the ability it seems to take off work when their kid is sick and stay home with them.. So… It brings some special problems. I myself have asthma and a severe allergic disease and require daily peednisone so I have to be careful too because it lowers immune system. I think giving parents more paid sick leave could help and education about oncorporating handwashing before eating– so many kids just eat/play/eat wben I am out with no regards to handwashing– parents think that builds immune function– Im like, well I dont see you eating off the floor wiping your face on sonething soneone else just slobbered on… But I have an aversion probably instinctively too due to my situation that they just dont have. It does pose a greater threat to me and my child than to them it seems. But we would all benefit from washing hands before eating and not mixing eating and playing. My son is now school age, and we do virtual school aling with homeschool co-ops because I find parents attend co-op with kids and when the kid is sick there is no penalty for missing co-op, so it is a much better environment for us. 

  • K8sMom2002

    So true … and not just for folks with asthma. Good hygiene and prevention make good sense for lots of people:

    • folks with cancer going through chemo
    • folks with organ transplants
    • folks on medications that can suppress their immune systems — steroids, other meds
    • folks with asthma, diabetes, COPD, or other chronic diseases that affect immune systems.

    I first learned the value of that with my DD's godfather, who had a kidney transplant and my mom with COPD. It was critical that we keep them well, you know? And that helped me with my asthma. 

  • Tiffany F.

    Well what doctors also fail to mention sometimes is how steroids affect your immune system.   Flovent, Prednisone all of them. Inhaled and other. They lower immunity which is how they work. So you aren't just fighting what normal people are you are working with a supressed immune system.  My daughter is on Flovent daily and that's the one we are trying to wean her off of this year with her pulmonologist.  I am fine with the allergy meds and rescue inhaler but I do not feel good about flovent.  She's on the minimum dosage but I still want her to be down to 1 puff twice a day and ideally not at all.  We are on a plan to taper down and see how she does.  Next visit is July!  So tired of this poor kid suffering through every sickness in a 10 mile radius. Wish us luck!

  • Tiffany F.

    @K8sMom2002 amen to that.  Daycare doesn't help.  But I struggle because I don't like the idea of private nannies and care.  Especially after seeing the plethora of personalities that claim to want to care for kids.  One just got fired from our daycare.  I shudder to think if she was a private nanny. Sure she seems great to parents but I walked in one time to her being awful rough on a child. And she had several complaints about yelling at the kids.  She was let go soon after.  I would be a nervous wreck leaving her with someone private.  You just never know.   Our daycare is great but when you have any center you have the associated germs.   Pulm says keep going, her body needs to build up.

  • Kathy P

    Hugs it's hard when they are aleaal sick! We battled that when mine were little. And every cold turns into a flair that lingers. Our allergist also looked into immune issues to make sure that wasn't a factor.