asthma 

Tips for Managing Your Child's Sports-Induced Asthma

Dear Reggie, My 13-year-old son (Brandon) has sports-induced asthma. He's crazy for sports, especially ice hockey and soccer. I get nervous every time he plays a game. If it's too cold in the arena I think he's going to have an asthma attack. If it'...

Swimming May Put Infants at Risk for Respiratory Problems

Does swimming cause asthma in young children? Credit: Jason Tromm, Flickr
It may not be a good idea to take infants and young toddlers swimming. At least not for too long. The European Respiratory Journal reports this month that infants who sw...

Eating Dirt Good for the Kids?

Is eating dirt good for you? Perhaps so. I've heard that in the course of a lifetime we consume and inordinate amount of dirt, and other things too, but is that something that perhaps we're supposed to be doing? Mud pies aside, it may be instinctiv...

Fall Babies Have Higher Risk of Asthma

What's the best time of year for a baby to be born? Having grown up the son of an accountant, I would naturally say as close to December 31st as possible, without going past. That way, you get a full year's tax deduction for only a day or so of paren...

Number of medicated kids on the rise

A spike in the number of children taking medication for chronic health problems such as diabetes and asthma has doctors wondering if the number of kids with these diseases is actually on the rise, or if treatment of the conditions has changed in the ...

Does exercise help pregnant women stop smoking?

One would think the obvious answer to that question is yes. One would surmise that exercise would help anyone stop smoking, right? After all, you're striving to do something healthy, sort of the opposite of smoking, by getting out there and running...

Acid Reflux Linked to Chronic Croup

Don't turn a blind eye to acid reflux -- it might trigger croup. Credit: Getty Images Croup is scary. If you've ever woken up to the sound of your child barking like a seal, then you know what I mean. Croup, a breathing difficulty acco...

Babies in daycare less likely to deveop asthma

Asthma is the result of an overactive immune system. When a benign substance, such as pollen, is inhaled by an asthmatic, their body reacts defensively, which creates inflammation and wheezing. Researchers have long thought that this over-response is...

Do peanuts cause asthma?

According to new research, they just might. A recent study suggests that pregnant mothers who eat nuts may impact their child's health later on. Women who consume nuts or "nut-products" like the beloved peanutbutter may increase the risk of asthma i...

Summer fairs and food allergies

Depending on who you talk to, Summer officially started yesterday evening. In short order, the street fairs and other summer festivals are set to make their debuts, if they haven't already. Amidst all the fun, thrills and excitement, the lights and ...

Text messaging to keep kids healthy

When kids are little, the responsibility for making sure they take necessary medications falls to the parents. You may have to hold them down and force them at times, but that is totally doable. But when they get older, necessity dictates that kids w...

Owning a dog may prevent childhood allergies

When it comes to avoiding allergies, my kids weren't dealt a good genetic hand. I have asthma, and my husband has fairly severe seasonal and year-round allergies. Needless to say, we're hyper alert when watching for signs that they're developing alle...

High sugar diet may increase asthma risk in children

Because I have asthma and my husband has allergies, we know our kids have a higher risk of developing either condition. Though neither has developed any chronic symptoms, I'm always on the lookout for articles about preventing asthma in the first pla...

Lawmaker calls for scent-free schools

When I walk in the doors at Ellie's school, I am immediately assaulted by that peculiar elementary school smell. It's a mixture of feet, farts and food. As bad as that combination is, it can't be as bad as what an upper grade school building smells l...

Wisconsin students sickened during swimming lesson

For the last few winters, I've wanted to take our family to one of those indoor water parks that are so popular right now. But I've heard from people who have been to our local facility that the chlorine levels are really high, and that they've all l...

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