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140425OSMasthmaawareness 1Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the lungs, causing coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

Here are 10 reasons why Asthma Awareness Month is so important:


140303OSM honeyblogpostNothing is worse than having a child who can’t sleep because of a cough due to a respiratory infection. We’ve all been there. But what can be done?

Many cough medicines previously sold over the counter are no longer available for children due to FDA action in 2011. It was not a great loss, as most did not do an adequate job, and some posed risks for very young children. For the weary parent, a study has built upon previous evidence that honey can be a natural, home remedy that can help ease coughing.


BlueSprAwards 082313 0002 1Summer is just around the corner! If you have a child with food allergies, sending them away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce is an excellent option and a great way to provide your allergic child with a fun and worry-free, sleep-away experience.

Camp Blue Spruce is a one-week overnight summer camp designed especially for children with food allergies. This summer, the camp will run August 17-22. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.


The end of school is almost here! And parents are busy researching camps to sign up their kids for the summer. If you have a child with food allergies, sending your child away to summer camp can be a little scary. Camp Blue Spruce may be the perfect opportunity to provide your allergic child with a fun, “worry-free” sleepaway experience.

Camp Blue Spruce is a one-week overnight summer camp designed especially for children with food allergies. This summer, the camp will run August 18-23. The camp is located on a beautiful property near Banks, Oregon, about 30 miles from Portland.  


From heating foods to boiling to crossing pollen with fruit, scientists are working on new and interesting ways to help those with food or oral allergies prevent severe reactions. Here’s a look into some of the research.

Milk and egg allergy research

It might seem counterintuitive to give a patient with a food allergy that particular food. But studies show that doing so may actually help patients tolerate them. Such seems to be the case in children who’ve been given highly heated milk or eggs on a regular basis.


Over the past few decades, the prevalence of food allergy has risen. If you were a student in the 1970s, you might have been the only food allergic student in your class – or even your school. This no longer seems to be the case.

The CDC reports that from 1997 to 2007, the prevalence of food allergy increased 18 percent. By 2007, about 4 percent of people had been diagnosed with food allergy. A current estimate by another research group in 2011 puts the rate for children even higher, at about 8 percent. Researchers now estimate that between 3 million and 6 million children in the United States have food allergies.

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If you have a child with food allergy, you're likely adept at controlling what he or she eats at home. So what do you do when your son or daughter gets invited to a party? At the request of one of our blog readers, I'll provide you with a few simple tips to help your food-allergic child join in the fun, safely.

Food allergies that are difficult to deal with at home can become extra challenging at social gatherings. But who doesn't want to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or some other special occasion with food?

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altIt takes a team to support soccer-lover Alex Atkerson, who suffers from allergies, asthma and eczema.

Alex Atkerson is like any other 4-year-old boy – he loves to play, dance, snuggle and eat birthday cake. A perfect day for him would be a trip to Chuck E Cheese’s followed by a road trip to see his uncles. But for Alex, all of these things must be done with caution.

Born with inherited allergies, asthma and eczema, Alex spent 10 days in the hospital on oxygen. After taking him home, his parents noticed random grunts and coughs coming from their newborn. They took him to the pediatrician often, receiving prescriptions for several courses of antibiotics and prednisone. They bought his first nebulizer and inhaler when he was five months old. It was a lot to deal with being such a little boy.

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Asthma can affect patients of all ages, any time of year. But studies have shown that September is a particularly bad month for elementary school-age children.

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altBack-to-school tips

Follow these tips to ensure a smooth transition from summer to school for children who have allergies or asthma: