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Asthma Allergies Children: a parent's guide
Well-paced, clear and simple ... Made me feel as if I was being spoken to as an equal partner in the fight against allergies...plainspoken but in no way diluted.    Susan Weissman
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All-in-all this was a great book and a perfect gift for someone who is dealing with these issues on a daily basis! --dadofdivas.com

About the Author

Jack S. Romine was, for many years, an instructor of English at Merritt College in Oakland, California. Henry Ehrlich is a professional speech writer who is from a family of noted lexicographers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Third Avenue Books (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984383204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984383207
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recently, we found that our daughter suffers from a severe nut-allergy. Looking at the available literature, we turned to `Asthma Allergies Children' because it seemed to strike a nice balance between three things we felt we needed. First, it provides enough of the scientific and medical background to be genuinely informative without swamping you with needless detail (we had a working knowledge of allergies before, but actually learned a lot from the book). Second, it is quite readable and provides striking real-life anecdotes to underscore theoretical points (nothing puts you in the requisite frame of mind so much as hearing what an anaphylactic shock feels like from the perspective of a child experiencing it). Third, the book is full of useful practical advice for parents of a child with asthma or allergies (get yourself a really nice vacuum cleaner and use it--daily if you can!). What we couldn't have known in advance is the wit and, more importantly, the utter humanity that shines through on every page of the book. It is written not only by professionals in the field but by parents and grandparents with a true understanding of the human cost of asthma and allergies. The book has become a constant reference point for our own evolving understanding of our daughter's affliction. We couldn't recommend it more.
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I have finished reading Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent's Guide. I didn't want to put it down, each time I had to tend to something. I felt like each page was giving me another piece of the puzzle, and the chapters were guiding me in the placement of the pieces, and I was starting to get a clear view of the box top, for the first time. I've been dealing with my daughter's "atopic" conditions, eczema, food allergies and asthma, for a few years, now, so some of it was "review", and I found myself agreeing with the information, but that is not as common as one might think. So often, I read "medical" literature and I think, "Sheesh, how can they have it so wrong?" Instead, as I "clicked" through the pages on my Kindle, I was nodding in agreement and even sometimes audibly saying, "YES!" Reading through the pages, I sensed the proverbial lightbulbs going off, over and over, as I learned more about the conditions that affected my sweet girl. I also found myself thinking about so many people who needed to read this book, some of whom might not even realize it...All those people whose child's always clearing their throat...or has a perpetual "runny nose"...or who has trouble focusing in school, but probably has underlying allergy issues...

A wonderful thing about this book is that it doesn't exist in a vacuum. It's part of an organic, mutually-educational system. The first book I purchased was actually the eBook, Children's Allergies and Asthma: One of Nature's Dirty Tricks, which contains a selection of 89 of the 200+ articles from their website AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com. They state that "medicine moves faster than print" and they've developed what I like to call "Atopic University".
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Asthma Allergies Children: A Parent's Guide is a MUST HAVE food allergy book. If one is ever to buy one book about atopic diseases, this is the one. It is one of the most well-written books to help parents learn about asthma and allergies and become empowered to make informed decisions about their child's care. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down because there are detailed explanations that no doctor has ever taken the time to explain and because it also validated what I have learned through trying experiences. A parent dealing with a new diagnosis of allergies and/or asthma would benefit the most from reading this book.

Topics covered include what are asthma and allergies, different kinds of testing methods, types of medications and why they're used, treatment options, and social-emotional aspects of living with the diseases. Sounds dry, right? But far from the truth as the book is interspersed with the doctors' poignant lessons learned from patients and often funny stories about their personal experiences. The doctors' stories are witty and personable and I know I would love to be a fly on the wall to observe them together, with their patients, or mentoring allergists in training.

What's really unique about the authors' vision is that a book will become out of date quickly so they maintain a website, [...], (same title as the book) to provide updates, share stories and commentary about the latest allergy and asthma news and research, and the website features guest posts by prominent doctors, researchers, and other related advocates.

I highly recommend this book to any parent trying to manage asthma and allergies for their children, as well as to doctors to put a copy of this book in their waiting room or lending library.
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I literally had this book in my hands for only a couple of hours when a friend called complaining her son was having some sort of allergy reaction, and a severe rash all of a sudden. As the book was in my hands, I went ahead and went thru it as we were talking and told her to check his medications and some items in his diet,as the book was saying they could possibly be the cause of the rash. It was enough to get her to go BACK to the doctor with her son and seek a new diagnosis. AND as of this writing, it looks like his diet is the culprit, with little known allergies coming into play.

Doctors are rushed in today's world. They need you to give them all available info so they can make a quick diagnosis. But what if you're not sure if something IS a symptom? This is where this book comes in. The authors give you examples of real children and parents to illustrate their points, and to let you know that mis-diagnosing a child is NOT unusual. Knowledge is the key and this book can give you that knowledge! Plus once the doctor decides to start tests, the book explains what tests should be used, what they test for and how the results should be handled.

Of special note is the last appendix with a list of common medicines and their side effects- always handy to have in an easily reachable form! You never know when a child's allergies or asthma can kick in, so it is VERY good to have this book to consult and to learn about the science and treatment of allergies/asthma BEFORE they start to affect your child! I can't recommend this book enough
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