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Do YOU know the facts about RSV?

 

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Our newborn son - 9 weeks premature - 1999

Our newborn son – 9 weeks premature – 1999

It’s that time of the year again – cold and flu season. Actually, you can pick up a cold or even the flu year round. They are more prominent in the cold weather months because people tend to be more confined inside, therefore spreading the viruses to those around them.

I work in a childcare setting. I tend to little ones who come to Family Court. I cannot tell you how many times children have coughed and sneezed directly in my face. Ewww! I understand they are little and don’t understand but none the less it’s gross and I worry about catching something. The last thing I want is a cold, or worse.

When you are a first time parent you worry about your babies picking up germs from loved ones or strangers. I know I was a bit paranoid when my daughter was born. I made everyone wash their hands before holding her. I think that is a common thing for most first time parents.

When our son was born things were dramatically different. It wasn’t a matter of being a nervous first time parent (since he was my second born), it was because our son was born 9 weeks premature. He was 14.5″ long and weighed only 2 pounds, 8 ounces. We was barely bigger than a Barbie doll.

Our son spent 33 days in the hospital. He came home when he weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces.

33 days old - 4 pounds 2 ounces - the same size as a regular football - 1999

33 days old – 4 pounds 2 ounces – the same size as a regular football – 1999

Our son had some quirky health issues, like Torticollis and he had to wear leg braces for 2 1/2 years due to curved ankles. Thankfully they were treatable.

It’s amazing how much you learn about health and medicine when you have a preemie. Prior to our son being born by emergency c-section we had no clue what Bradycardia and Oxygen Saturation meant. We also learned about another possible health issue – RSV.

RSV is short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. RSV is almost similar to the common cold and most children are exposed to it by the time they are two years old. For health children it’s not a serious health risk. For preemies RSV can put them in the hospital.

RSV is a seasonal virus that typically runs from the fall through the spring.

A healthy child affected by RSV has symptoms that resemble the common cold. It usually lasts for a few days and then the child is well again. For a premature baby RSV can come with major complications.

Our son 10 months old sitting next to the same football in the above photo.

Our son 10 months old sitting next to the same football in the above photo.

 

RSV causes upwards of 200 infant deaths each year, yet it’s not something that people hear about. Personally I think more doctors, television shoes, newspapers and magazines should talk about RSV and educate the public about how serious this virus can be.

If you have a premature baby (who are at greater risk of RSV) or an infant at home please take the necessary precautions to protect your little one. It’s all common sense stuff.

  • Always wash your hands before handling the baby and make sure everyone else does as well.
  • Avoid large crowds (malls, stores…), especially during peak season (fall through spring).
  • Never, ever expose a child around smoking (that is something people should do regardless of RSV).
  • Keep people who are sick away from the infant.
  • Keep all of the babies things (toys, bedding, bottles…) cleaned and sanitized.

Your baby’s pediatrician can recommend other things you can do as well.

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There is a vaccination that can help against RSV. Our son received the vaccination for two years. It was recommended by the hospital, insurance company and our pediatrician when our son was just a couple of months old. He was born in late September, which is usually the start of RSV season. He received a vaccination once a month for five months. The following year when our son was one years old it was recommended that he receive another round of vaccinations.

I know many people are against vaccinations. It’s not for everyone. But I thought I’d let readers aware that there is a vaccination for RSV.

The vaccination our son had was called Synagis. I’m not sure if that is still available or not. Please speak with your pediatrician if that is a route you would like to explore.

If your infant exhibits any cold like symptoms – coughing, shortness of breath, fever, wheezing – don’t hesitate to take your child to the pediatrician right away. Don’t assume it’s just the common cold, most especially if your infant was a preemie.

There is no treatment for RSV, that is why it’s imperative that you do your best to prevent your child from contracting it.

If you would like more information about RSV and ways you can prevent it, please visit www.RSVProtection.com. PLEASE pass along this important information to those you know with infants, and perhaps even those who are expecting.

FYI… On November 17, 2014 it’s World Prematurity Day. Please join groups and organizations around the world to raise awareness about premature births and ways they can be prevented.  In my case there was nothing I could have done. I had an inadequate placenta and our son wasn’t growing or moving. He was almost stillborn. The doctors felt he had a better chance of survival outside of the womb, there fore an emergency c-section was done to remove him and get him the oxygen and other life saving support he required.

I’m happy to say that my preemie is now a happy, healthy, 15 year old born. :-)

To hear what others have to say please check out the hashtags #RSVAwareness and #PreemieProtection on the social media channels.

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Kimberly

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Dance and celebrate happy and healthy moments with Usher and Honey Nut Cheerios

 

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PHOTO SOURCE: General Mills

We’re a Cheerio loving family. I haven’t met a Cheerio I didn’t like. :-)

I didn’t start eating Cheerios until I had my first child and the pediatrician recommended giving her Cheerios when she was ready to feed herself. I used to swipe a Cheerio or two from her from time to time.

Cheerios has come a long way since then. Now there are Peanut Butter Cheerios, Apples and Cinnamon Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios and Dark Chocolate Cheerios.

One of my favorites (my family’s too) is Honey Nut Cheerios. Honey Nut Cheerios mascot, Buzz the Bee, has teamed up with eight time Grammy Award winning superstar Usher to help spread the word about how being healthy can be fun and delicious.

Buzz and Usher as encouraging people to celebrate and share healthy and happy moments, like dancing to Usher’s new single “She Came to Give it to You” and enjoying a heart-healthy breakfast with Honey Nut Cheerios. Perhaps you’ve seen their commercial on TV?

In the commercial Buzz tells Usher about the importance of having a heart health breakfast, all while showing off his dance moves to Usher. Usher, who has some special dance moves himself, shows of his dance skills to Buzz dancing to his new release “She Came to Give it to You.”

Here is the commercial in case you haven’t seen it yet.

Usher joins Honey Nut Cheerios in new campaign from MultiVu Video on Vimeo.
 

With heart disease on the rise, Buzz and Usher want people to know how physical activity, such as dance, and healthy eating is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Heart disease affects one in three people in the U.S. or approximately 82.6 million people, according to the American Heart Association; but a few simple lifestyle choices can make a big difference in people’s overall health:

  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol will reduce risk of dying of heart disease
  • Eating a healthy diet that is low in salt, low in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Daily physical activity, like dancing or taking a brisk walk
  • Quitting smoking; not smoking
Enjoying the sweet wholesome goodness of Honey Nut Cheerios could be part of your heart-healthy** eating plan. Honey Nut Cheerios is low in fat and it’s made with whole grains and 12 essential vitamins and minerals. Eating Honey Nut Cheerios each day can help lower cholesterol too.

My family eats Honey Nut Cheerios (and other Cheerios) all the time. We even snack on them. They are also great on things like yogurt and even ice cream.

I think a lot of people (myself included) don’t get enough physical activity in during the day. Making small changes such as parking far from the entrance of a building or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help.

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Sometimes when I am cleaning my home I’ll put on the music and dance around my home as I am cleaning. It helps make the mundane chore of cleaning more fun, plus the extra movement helps my body. Who cares who is watching too. If you are having a great time don’t worry about what others think.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William W. Purkey

According to Usher – “Dance to me is a feeling, an emotion – the movement is good for your heart in so many ways. I really feel like Buzz and I connected through dance during this shoot. He has some serious dance skills and I’m looking forward to getting more people dancing.”

Cheerios, Buzz and Usher would love to see YOUR dance moves. They would love for you and/or your family to “bust a move” (dancing). Please share your photos and videos of your dance moves on social media (Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr) using the hashtag #Cheerios and tagging @BuzztheBee.

I tried to talk my teens into making a video with me but they were not going for it. They love Usher and they love Honey Nut Cheerios, but, teens will be teens and they would not make a video with me.

I would LOVE to see your dance moves! Please share a link to your Twitter, Instagram and/or Tumblr post where you are dancing for your health and a happy heart. Feel free to leave the link/links in the comments section of this post so I can check it out.

For more information about Cheerios visit Cheerios.com. The brand can also be found on social media.

How do you take care of your heart and your health? Do you exercise regularly? Do you eat a heart healthy breakfast? Do you like to dance?

PHOTO SOURCE: General Mills

PHOTO SOURCE: General Mills

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

**3 grams of soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat foods, like Honey Nut Cheerios cereal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Honey Nut Cheerios cereal provides .75 grams per serving.

 

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Win a box of designer BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages autographed by Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi (ends 11/10/14)

 

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The BAND-AID® Brand has been around for as long as I can remember. They were first introduced to consumers in 1920. Since then they have come a long way.

Growing up I went through my fair share of BAND-AIDS. I was a “Tom boy” and always outside playing in the woods behind my house. I think I must have come home with a scratch pretty much every day as evident by the numerous scars that riddle my body. Some scars I can identify the time, place and situation that caused it. Others are a total mystery to me. :-).

My mom always kept an ample supply of BAND-AIDS on hand. I was always sporting one somewhere on my body. LOL!

My kids grew up in a tiny condo with no yard. Although they never had a chance to be as adventurous as I was when I was young, they still had their fair share of cuts and scrapes, like the time my son was a toddler and ran across the living room and fell into the coffee table and split his lip, or when my daughter was practicing jumps for track on our sidewalk and fell and cut up her hands and knees.

Boo-Boos happen. It’s a part of life.

BAND-AID® Brand has offered consumers a nice variety of BAND-AIDS over the years, from fun characters for the kids to a variety of shapes and sizes. My kids always loved the characters BAND-AIDS. I think we still have some from when they were younger in our medicine cabinet.

Now BAND-AID® has come up with a new generation of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages – designer ones!

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BAND-AID® Brand has teamed up with acclaimed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi to create new bandages inspired by Isaac’s past and present collections.

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for almost 30 years. Since his first collection in 1987, Mr. Mizrahi’s designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan style. He has been awarded four CFDA awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.” Recently, Mr. Mizrahi launched the Isaac Mizrahi New York collection, available at better retailers nationwide. Previously, in December 2009, Mr. Mizrahi launched his exclusive lifestyle collection, ISAAC MIZRAH ILIVE! on QVC. In addition, television audiences have come to value Isaac’s media presence through his roles on “Project Runway All Stars” for Lifetime, “The Fashion Show” for Bravo and his own series for both Oxygen and the Style Network. www.IsaacMizrahi.com.

Now you can add some “style” to your cuts with BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi which include 14 different designs both kids and adults will enjoy. Designs include hearts, camouflage, roses and watercolors, to name a few.

Each package comes with 20 assorted bandages in two different sizes. They can be found at Walgreens stores and at Walgreens.com at a suggested retail prize of $2.99 per box.

I have a package of these BAND-AIDS and they do come with a nice assortment of designs. I think most designs are more “girl-friendly” then for boys, but there are a few designs that both men and boys can enjoy too.

If you need to wear a BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage why not add a bit of style and fun to your cuts and scrapes. Personally I really like these BAND-AIDS. I think they are very pretty and colorful.

If you would like to learn more about these and other BAND-AID® Brand products visit www.BAND-AID.com. You can also find the brand on social media.

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BAND-AID® Brand would like to give a lucky reader a box of their new designer BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages AUTOGRAPHED by Isaac Mizrahi. It’s an actual autograph from the famed fashion designer, not a copy.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Kimberly

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Eliminate back pain and stress with AIRBAC™

 

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Times have changed since I was last in school. I never used a backpack. I just carried around all my books in my hands. Some of my classmates had backpacks but for the most part we all carried our books in our hands.

These days students are given books that are inches thick and are weighed down – literally – with a ton of homework. It’s next to impossible to carry all your books in your arms. You need a backpack. Sometimes I think kids need multiple backpacks to hold all their books and supplies. It’s just crazy!

I don’t know how my son carries his backpack around on his back. I can’t even pick it up! It’s way too heavy.

We constantly tell him to leave some of his books and supplies in his locker, but the high school is huge and sometimes it’s not possible for him to get to his locker. He has no choice but to lug it all around.

I can’t imagine what all that weight and strain is doing to his back and shoulders.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, backpack injuries in kids aged five to 18 increased 6.5 percent between 2010 and 2011. And although the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends backpacks weigh less than 10-15 percent of a person’s
body weight, realistically, consumers may not be able to control the weight of their necessities.

We have gone through several backpacks over the years but we’ve never found anything that could carry all his stuff and take some “wear and tear” off his back and shoulders.

When school first started we received to review a backpack from a company called AIRBAC™ . AIRBAC™ is a unique backpack that is designed to help alleviate the stress the average backpack puts on your back and shoulders.

AIRBAC™ is the only backpack designed to alleviate the pressure and stress on a person’s upper and lower back caused by excessive weight. The patented air support system takes the weight off of the back by moving heavy contents into a more comfortable, back-friendly position, helping wearers feel like they’re carrying half of the weight. Offered in a wide variety of styles, AIRBAC™ was created for school-age children, college students, business travelers, outdoor enthusiasts and photographers.

AIRBAC™  features a small area at the bottom/back of the backpack that is filled with air. The backpack comes with the air already filled in the pouch. You can add more if needed with a bike tire air pump.

The AIRBAC™  backpack looks like an average backpack. It has plenty of room for books, a laptop or tablet, cellphone, supplies and more.

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My son didn’t even notice that there was a “pocket” of air in the back of the backpack until I pointed it out to him.

AIRBAC™  doesn’t make the load you carry lighter, it simply helps with weight distribution, spinal alignment and posture.

In the past I’ve noticed that my son’s backpack would hang down low on his back, even when he uses the straps that go across his chest and waist. The weight of his books and supplies pulls the backpack down. I’m surprised he never tipped over backwards because of it.

With AIRBAC™  the air pocket helps to balance the load better, keeping the backpack where it should be. It doesn’t hang low causing distress on your shoulders.

Here are more benefits to using an AIRBAC™ backpack.

Promotes Better Posture and Spinal Alignment

People tend to bend forward or hunch to compensate for the extra weight in a regular backpack. The AIRBAC™ system, which evenly redistributes the weight across the back, allows the body to relax in an upright position, promoting better posture and proper spinal alignment.

Built-In Shock Absorbers

Repetitive impact due to running or walking with a heavy backpack can cause increased stress on the lower back. To address this issue, AIRBAC™ technology offers the ability to absorb the impact a heavy bag may have on the spine, helping outdoor enthusiasts to exercise pain-free.

Air-Cushioned Protection

The patented air support system coupled with AIRBAC™ padded technology offers a secure home for valuable contents, protecting laptops,
iPads and other important materials.

Adjustable for a Customized Fit

From children to adults and student-athletes to active outdoor enthusiasts, AIRBAC™ was designed to support the spinal health of all body types. The product’s padded shoulder straps and patented air support system adjust to meet a wide variety of body types.

My son loves this backpack. He’s never once complained about it like he has with other backpacks.He also tells me it’s more comfortable to wear.

I tried to get a photo of him wearing the AIRBAC™, but he’s 15 and teenagers are not always happy to pose for photos. This is the only photo I was able to snap when school first started (and the weather was nicer).

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You can see how the backpack lays flat against his back. That is because the small pocket of air on the back/bottom. It keeps everything where it’s supposed to be.

This is a great video that gives you a better idea as to how AIRBAC™ is the better for you option.

 

AIRBAC™ is not only great for students but also for hikers, travelers and anyone else who lugs around a lot of things in a backpack.

I wish we knew about AIRBAC™ years ago. I would have purchased them for both of my kids.

The quality of the AIRBAC™ is outstanding. With proper care I am sure my son’s AIRBAC™ will last for a long time. It will be nice not having to replace his backpack every few months.

You would think a better for you product like AIRBAC™ would be very costly. Compared to other quality backpacks (and big brand name backpacks too), AIRBAC™ costs about the same. Student backpacks range from $49-$89. They also have different designs and colors available.

AIRBAC™ has plenty of room for all your “stuff” too.

If you would like to learn more about AIRBAC™ or check out the available styles, visit AIRBAC.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found on the site’s home page).

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Do you suffer from “night driving” issues? (giveaway ends 11/10/14)

 

Night Driving

When I first learned to drive I was taught in the dark. I took driving lessons during the winter months. The instructor would come to my home very early in the morning before school started. I would take my driving class then get dropped off at school afterwards. It was always dark when I first got int the car. I think that is why I have always been OK driving at night where as others have less confidence when it comes to night driving.

Everyone in my family (parents, siblings) consider themselves “night blind”. They simply have a difficult time seeing at night when they are driving. Don’t get me wrong – they are not unsafe drivers. They are excellent drivers. They just dislike driving at night because it bothers their eyes.

With daylight savings time just around the corner more drivers are going to find themselves driving in the dark whether it’s their morning or evening commutes. With reduced visibility there is a greater increase in traffic accidents. That can put more stress on a driver who already feels uncomfortable driving in the dark.

Check out this interesting infographic about night driving.

Eye-Opening Truth about Night Driving

There are some thing you can do to help reduce your stress when it comes to night driving.

  • Make sure your car is in good working order especially your tires and breaks.
  • Don’t drive alone.
  • Know where you are going. If you are traveling some where you are unfamiliar make sure you memorize the map and know exactly where you need to go.
  • Try to avoid back roads, especially ones that have a lot of twists and turns.
  • Make sure you are well rested (NEVER drive when you are tired).
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • If you truly get stressed out when it comes to night time driving to avoid driving in the dark all together. Leave for work a little later if possible, or leave for your commute home a little earlier that way you can drive in more light than darkness.

Did you know that traffic accidents are three times greater driving at night versus during the day? This includes both low light and dark driving conditions.

Vision issues related to driving at night or low light conditions fall into three main categories.

  1. Low light – Harder for your eyes to distinguish contrast and gauge objects and accurate distance.
  2. Glare disability and recovery – Harder to see in glare from oncoming headlights and takes longer for eyes to adjust after glare.
  3. Reaction Time – Harder to react quickly and make safe decisions – 90 percent of a drivers reaction time depends on vision.

For me the glare from oncoming headlights is often an issue. If your windshield is dirty it can only make matter worse (always keep your windshield clean). If you wear glasses make sure they are clean and your prescription is up to date too.

A recent survey shows that 40 percent of drivers over the age of 40 are anxious driving at night and one in four drivers feel unsafe due to glare.

I’m over 40 (blah!).

Sometimes people have a hard time driving at night not due to experience but more so eye health.

Research has shown that an effective solution to the issues associated with night driving is due to your eye health. Nutrition has a significant impact on visual performance, specifically the nutrients zeaxanthin and lutein. I have heard of lutein before. It’s found in carrots (which is probably why my mom always made me eat my carrots). Actually kale, spinach and Swiss chard have more lutein than carrots.

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A product from a company called EyePromise can help improve night driving safety. It’s called EyePromise vizual EDGE. It’s a vitamin regiment that can help reduce the glare you see and improve your recovery time when you experience glare in about 90 days.

EyePromise is a line of natural eye health supplements featuring the nutrients zeaxanthin and lutein. These ingredients are scientifically proven to help you see better and react faster–important skills when driving at night in low-light conditions.

Here is a little more information about EyePromise vizual EDGE.

Scientific studies reveal that nutrition has a significant impact on visual performance, specifically the nutrients zeaxanthin and lutein. Zeaxanthin and lutein are carotenoids that make up the macular pigment—the area of the eye responsible for protecting vision. Trace amounts can be found in foods like leafy greens, corn, eggs and red, orange and yellow peppers, but, since it is difficult to get enough in the American diet, optometrists recommend a nutritional supplement like EyePromise vizual EDGE.

 

EyePromise vizual EDGE™features the highest levels of dietary zeaxanthin on the market and has been scientifically proven to improve night driving visual performance, including improving contrast, reducing glare sensitivity and reducing glare recovery time.

It sounds like a great product. And if it can help improve night driving safety I’m all for it. I personally haven’t tried the product yet but I am going to receive some samples to try out. I look at it this way, I take supplements for other aspects of my health, so why not take supplements that support my eye health too?

EyePromise also has some great tips when it comes to nigh driving.

  • Make sure your windshield and headlights are clean
  • Drive slower in low-light condition
  • Leave more distance between cars
  • Use “night” setting on interior rearview mirror
  • Always have a flashlight inside your car in case of emergency
  • Schedule regular eye exams to monitor for vision issues

Before and After Driving

 

If you would like more information about eye health and night driving please visit www.EyePromise.com/NightDrivingVision. You can also find EyePromise on Facebook and Twitter (@EyePromise_ZV). You can also check out the hashtag #NightDriving.

EyePromise would like to offer THREE (3) lucky readers a special Night Driving Confidence Kit. Each kit includes a flashlight/emergency tool, headlight/windshield cleaning cloth and a coupon for a discount on EyePromise vizual EDGE, among other items. Thank you EyePromise.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me how your vision affects your confidence when driving at night?

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Asthma & Allergy Foundation Offers Tips to Reduce Fall and Winter “Wheeze & Sneezes”

 

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Do you or a loved one suffer from asthma or allergies? My kids used to be allergic to tree pollen when they were little but some how grew out of it – thankfully. Nothing worked for them, even prescription medications. They used to “bark” like seals (cough) when the pollen was high. These days we all just get the sniffles here and there, nothing major.

One of our cats has severe asthma. So much so she has a daily inhaler she must take and an emergency inhaler. She sometimes has to go on steroid pills when the asthma is too bad and the inhalers alone don’t work. They are the same inhalers that people use. I had to administer them to her via a little tube and mask called and AeroKat.

Up until our cat developing asthma I knew nothing about it. Now I feel like an “expert”, sad to say.

I do whatever I can to keep allergens, dust, mold and germs from building up in my home. I can’t do much about pet dander. We have five cats and a dog. The best I can do is keep my home as clean as possible.

My husband often jokes that our cat is allergic to cats. LOL!

Asthma is a horrible condition and allergies can make people feel miserable.

I have some great tips from The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America that I thought were too good not to share (with permission of course).

Most people tend to associate allergies as more of a spring and summer problem, and pay less attention as the cooler air roles in because there’s no pollen in the air. However, allergies still severely impact many people because of what’s inside their homes: cats, dogs, dust mites, mold, cockroach droppings, harmful chemicals and more.

Robin Wilson is founder and CEO of Robin Wilson Home in New York City, an ambassador to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and has a hypoallergenic bedding line at Bed Bath and Beyond.  She says most people don’t realize that their home is probably making them sick, but there are simple solutions to help eliminate the “wheezes and sneezes.”

Her tips:

  • For allergy and asthma sufferers, make sure and use hypoallergenic pillows and anti-allergen or hypoallergenic pillow cases and covers. Wash your pillow case once a week, your pillow protector at least once a month and wash your pillow at least twice a year. Replace pillows every three years.
  • Don’t use a vinyl shower curtain because it holds mold more easily and off gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. It’s also less expensive.
  • Use non-VOC paints which won’t off gas, leave an obnoxious paint odor and stir up asthma or allergies. It looks just as good on the wall as regular paint.
  • Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting. Tile and hardwood floors are a much better choice, but must be vacuumed or cleaned on a regular basis to eliminate dirt and dust. Shake out and vacuum area rugs on a regular basis as well. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Watch for mold in the dishwasher and refrigerator pan which can build up quickly in the kitchen.
  • One of the biggest trends today is eco-friendly cabinetry because it has no formaldehyde adhesives and is made with low VOC stains.  Consider frameless cabinets which won’t collect as much dust.
  • Use slip covers on sofas and chairs which can be washed regularly to eliminate dirt and dust.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom, and bathe them often to reduce the dander.
  • Freeze stuffed toys for 24 hours to kill dust mites and other bacteria that may have built up.

Some of these I have heard of before, or are common sense. However I didn’t know that information about the vinyl shower curtains (eww!) and freezing plush toys.

I hope that these tips help you and your family live (and breath!) a better life.

Do you have any special tips to help with allergies or for asthma sufferers? Feel free to share your tips in the comments section.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this information for the benefit of my site readers. 

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