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Book Review – Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Updated on August 29, 2011
Pretty flowers, but is your child allergic to them?
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Are you the parent of a child with allergies or asthma? Are you concerned with learning more about your child’s condition as well as finding out what steps you can take to more effectively monitor and control his or her symptoms? If so, Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know is a must-use resource for you. Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this powerful book was first published in 2000 and went to second edition in 2011.

Childhood Allergies and Asthma: Widespread Conditions

Dealing with allergies and asthma in a child can be a frightening experience – for both the parents and the affected child, as well as his or her siblings. However, because childhood allergies and asthma are such common health problems, this is something that many families have to cope with on an ongoing basis. As a matter of fact, asthma is the most common childhood chronic disorder – affecting about 6.2 million Americans age 17 and younger. An enormous percentage of youngsters who have asthma (70 to 80 percent) also have allergies, and many suffer with allergies who do not have asthma.

About Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know

If your child has asthma, you certainly have a vested interest in learning everything you can about helping your child cope with his or her condition and finding out what you can do to help keep symptoms at bay. The second edition of Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know provides a wealth of information that parents of children who have asthma or allergies need to know.

Examples of information you’ll find in the book include:

  • Recent research finding related to food allergies and their treatments.
  • Information about new approaches to determining the effectiveness of asthma control efforts.
  • Updated guidance on pharmaceutical treatments for childhood allergies and asthma
  • Advice regarding what to do in the event of a potentially life threatening asthma or allergy attack
  • Updated tips for controlling environmental factors that can cause symptoms
  • Recommendations for patient education

Asthma and Allergy Information Parents Can Trust

While there are many books available on the subject of allergy and asthma control, this is the only one published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was edited by Michael J. Welch, M.D., who serves as co-director of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center located in San Diego, CA and is a clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He holds numerous advanced certifications and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Special thanks to the American Academy of Pediatrics for providing me with a review copy of this book. The opinions presented are my own.


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    Randy McLaughlin 6 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

    This is good information. Asthma can be a scary condition to deal with for parents. Thanks for the Hub!