Friday, August 10, 2007

Asthma action plan?

…About 9 million US children under 18 have been diagnosed with asthma. About 5% have had an attack in the last year.

…By the end of 2008, countries must phase out albuterol chlorofluorocarbon inhalers.

…If you or your child has asthma, you need to find out about this.

…The new inhalers, which do not deplete the ozone, are called HFA inhalers. The FDA has approved Xopenex HFA (levalbuterol tartrate) and three other short-acting beta agonist inhalers (no generics). The press release on this came from the makers of Xopenex.

…The HFA inhalers put out a softer mist—they “feel” different. They are less medicine-tasting, too.

…Parents, especially, need to file a plan for handling of their child’s asthma with school authorities. You also need to talk to your child’s doctor about the HFA inhaler.

…For kids 4-11, about 2% of those taking Xopenex HFA experienced vomiting, accidental injury, pharyngitis, and bronchitis.

…For kids over 12, asthma, pharyngitis, rhinitis, pain and dizziness afflected about 2% of users.

..Studies show that hospitalizations for asthma are lowest in July, but spike in September, soaring to five times the July rate. October can be worse.

…Schools contain indoor air polluion, which can be a trigger. Only 13% of schools have a nebulizer available. Less than a thuird have a peak flow meter. And less than 70% allow kids to use a self-administed inhaler.

…The time to talk this over with your kid’s school is now! A sample plan can be found at:

…Sorry HA had to use the word “vomiting.” She tries not to. Pharyngitis is no winner, either.

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