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A Parent's Guide to Asthma

By
Nancy J. Sander

A Parent's Guide to Asthma
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Reviewer: Allison Martin

A Parent's Guide to Asthma is is one of the best guides available for parents for the day to day long-term management of asthma in school and at home. Written by the founder of the National Allergy and Asthma Network, Nancy Sanders' years of experience as an parent advocate are evident in the practical nature and depth of the book. It provides the information you need to ask the right questions to your pediatrician to keep your child's asthma under control - medication, prevention, signs of asthma and more. A Parent's Guide to Asthma is a great overview of the practical aspects of parenting a child with asthma.

Quotes from the book:

"Many times, we adapt our lives so gracefully that our children barely notice all the preventive measures we take to control their asthma. We run the air through filters in the furnance, keep the bedrooms clean, change sheets often, watch their diets carefully and give them their medicines. As they get older and are better at listening to their bodies, we adapt again and symptoms seem to subside."

"Early warning signals are clues that alert you to an impending attack. It may be difficult to determine your baby's specific signals until she has had several attacks. It is not always easy to tell what differentiates "normal" crabby behavior due to teething, "terrible two's" and a host of other causes for behavior caused by the child's not feeling well, medication side effects, etc. Write things down. Keep a daily dairy of symptoms, suspected early warning signals (no matter how obscure), suspected triggers and medications given and their results. Over time you will begin to see a pattern."

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