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Asthma Kills Children

Asthma Kills Children

by†Roxana Soto

Even though my 5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with asthma two years ago and Iíve done my share of research on the topic, I donít consider myself an expert at all. Thanks to my involvement with the†Moms Clean Air Force Ė a group of moms fighting for clean air, Iíve learned a lot about how this disease affects Latino kids in particular.

Latino children are 60% more at risk for asthma than white non-Latino kids.

Because I am Latina, Iíve become even more interested in the topic and what I can do to create awareness.

Weíve been lucky that my daughter has never had a full-blown asthma attack and the majority of her problems now stem from colds that usually have to be treated a bit more aggressively so they donít become something else. Iíve never seen someone have an actual asthma attack, but my husband is no stranger to them. He lived with this serious disease for many years as a child and his memories of trying to breath but not being able to are as vivid for him today as they were more than three decades ago. He spent a lot of his early years in and out of hospitals and the stories of his attacks are pretty scary.

Nothing could have prepared me to hear Lydia Rojasí talk during the†Moms Clean Air Forceís Blog Talk Radio Show about the asthma epidemic and Latino kids. Four and a half years ago, Rojasí daughter, Steph, died of an asthma attack two months before she wouldíve turned 16 years old.

I listened in horror as Rojas retold the heartbreaking story about how her daughter died and how she still doesnít know how it happened. No parent should have to tell such a story. According to Rojas, her daughterís asthma was under control. A specialist regularly saw her, and Rojas made sure her daughter was taking her medication accordingly.

The most harrowing part of the story for me is that by the time Rojas made it to the hospital, her daughter was already dead. I could try to retell the whole story here, but I feel like it would lose its impact.

If you have a child with asthma, I beg you to make it a point to listen to the†show so you can be jolted into action, just like I was.†If you donít have a child with asthma, you should still listen to the program because it was laden with invaluable information about this epidemic that is affecting our†niŮos, in many instances because of the bad air quality they are breathing.

After my daughter was diagnosed with asthma, I made sure I carried her inhaler around with us everywhere we went. In addition, I informed the preschool she attended of her condition and gave them an inhaler to keep in their office. I was reassured to hear that both the director and the assistant director were trained to deal with an asthma attack. Moreover, my daughterís preschool teacherís child had asthma, so she was completely aware of the signs.

Since my daughter has been blessed, and never had an asthma attack, I eventually stopped carrying the inhaler. When she started kindergarten three weeks ago, I didnít even bother to find out what procedures were in the event of an attack, nor did I give them an inhaler in case my daughter had an attack. Stupidly, I thought her asthma was obviously under control and if sheíd never had an asthma attack, then what was the point of the inhaler.

Listening to Rojasí heartbreaking story made me realize that Iíve been putting my childís life in jeopardy. On Monday, I marched into the school with my daughterís inhaler and found out what they do in case of an attack.

Every day I pray she never ever has one. But at least, now I am more aware than ever that we can never leave our guard down when it comes to this debilitating disease.

Iím more committed than ever to do all thatís in my power to fight for clean air.

If you care about our children, please read more about how asthma affects Latino children and join Moms Clean Air Force.

 

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7:37AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Plain and simple, MANY, MANY, perhaps a million children's asthma is caused by the DPT shot alone.

Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;121(3):626-31.

[The effect of DPT and BCG vaccinations on atopic disorders].
Arerugi. 2000 Jul;49(7):585-92. (Article translated from Japanese)

Odent MR et al. Pertussis vaccination and asthma: Is there a link? JAMA 1994; 272(8): 592-593.

Kemp T et al. Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy? Epidemiology 1997 Nov; 8(6): 678-680.

I have all these links but it would not let me post them here. See the articles at Pubmed

7:36AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Plain and simple, MANY, MANY, perhaps a million children's asthma is caused by the DPT shot alone.

Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;121(3):626-31.

[The effect of DPT and BCG vaccinations on atopic disorders].
Arerugi. 2000 Jul;49(7):585-92. (Article translated from Japanese)

Odent MR et al. Pertussis vaccination and asthma: Is there a link? JAMA 1994; 272(8): 592-593.

Kemp T et al. Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy? Epidemiology 1997 Nov; 8(6): 678-680.

I have all these links but it would not let me post them here. See the articles at Pubmed

7:35AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Plain and simple, MANY, MANY, perhaps a million children's asthma is caused by the DPT shot alone.

Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;121(3):626-31.


[The effect of DPT and BCG vaccinations on atopic disorders].
Arerugi. 2000 Jul;49(7):585-92. (Article translated from Japanese)


also see these

Odent MR et al. Pertussis vaccination and asthma: Is there a link? JAMA 1994; 272(8): 592-593.

Kemp T et al. Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy? Epidemiology 1997 Nov; 8(6): 678-680.

I have all these links but it would not let me post them here. See the articles at Pubmed


7:33AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Plain and simple, MANY, MANY, perhaps a million children's asthma is caused by the DPT shot alone.

Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;121(3):626-31.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18207561

[The effect of DPT and BCG vaccinations on atopic disorders].
Arerugi. 2000 Jul;49(7):585-92. (Article translated from Japanese)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10944825

also see these

Odent MR et al. Pertussis vaccination and asthma: Is there a link? JAMA 1994; 272(8): 592-593. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8057511

Kemp T et al. Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy? Epidemiology 1997 Nov; 8(6): 678-680.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9345669


12:13PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Besides fighting for cleaner air, getting rid of toxins in the working/school environment would be a good thing as well. We as a nation have become so obsessed with cleanliness that we are POISONING ourselves! And -- just for one more factoid, we COULD find more ways to naturally CURE asthma and allergies rather than just masking the symptoms with drugs!

9:09AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

When people tell us that fossil fuels are the cheapest form of energy, they always forget to include the suffering of other humans, and the costs of treating all the diseases related to fossil fuel use.

Pollution-caused diseases disproportionally strike people of lower incomes. Different ethnic groups may be more susceptible to various diseases - we've know that for decades. In the case of a higher asthma rate among Latinos, there are probably multiple factors at work. That should be another article, based on studies made in different countries, not just the US.

7:56AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

The biggest threat to today's children with allergies and asthsma ... being medicated for it. The humonguous jump in people with asthsma and allergies can be directly attributed to the medical profession. 50-80 years ago people who had either of them badly would simply die and pass out of the gene pool. Now they're being saved and grow up to pass on the bad part of their genetic legacy. You see families were it's more of a surprise to *not have allergies than it is to have them. Use your own common sense - if you have bad allergies or asthsma (not to mention worse things like family cancers before 40, tay sachs, cystic fibrosis etc), get yourself a tubal ligation or vasectomy and adopt your children. How else do you think these things are going to go away? How else can you expect to truly protect your children from them without making sure they don't get what they oughtn't have in the first place? Put your egos aside and make a meaningful commitment to your child's health.

6:38AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

A number of years ago a family was in a restaurant. Their young child had asthma. There were no laws against smoking in restaurants yet and a smoker at the next table took out a cigarette. The family explained to the smoker that their child had asthma and asked the smoker to wait to smoke. Spitefully, to show who's boss, tha smoker lit up and blew the smoke on the family and the child died from the asthma attack the smoker had caused. Because of the surplus rights of public smokers who have no conscience, the smoker could not be prosecuted for manslaughter. Personally, I think the smoker should have been given the death penalty for murdering a child in so selfish and disgusting a manner.

5:57AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

what i'm getting tired of is us white people being called white non Hispanic or white non Latino, i dont even like the word Caucasian, I'm not from Europe

Now what i'm curious about is what makes us white people less likely to have asthma, be lactose in tolerant and all that stuff. Every time you hear about some kind of disease or illness or something us whites are less likely to have it, why is that? And Asthma can also kill adults if no one is careful

4:42AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

I work as a substitute teacher. When I enter a classroom I put the hand sanitizer (poison by some accounts) and hand lotion (read/learn about contents of product) out of sight for the day. Also ask students to refrain from using markers. All of those things contribute to poor air quality. The KISS philosophy--keep it simple, silly. When I was a child we never hard of asthma. Get outdoors and get fresh air. Stop buying junk you do not need.

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