All parents of college-bound children want to talk about responsibilities regarding academics, finances, behavior, keeping in touch, and staying safe and healthy. For parents of kids with asthma, that last piece is particularly important.
There are approximately 22 million college students in the U.S., and almost 10% of those students have asthma. There’s a minefield of asthma triggers at college, but with planning and management your child, and you, can breathe easier.
Just in time for heading to college, Moms Clean Air Force’s FREE eBook, Asthma Goes To College is chock full of all the reminders you’d like to pass on to your child. Sections include “Staying Out of the ER,” “Know Your Triggers”, “The Great Outdoors” and more, all with drawings by New Yorker cartoonist, Danny Shanahan.
An excerpt from Asthma Goes to College follows. Here’s a summary on the section, Know Your Triggers:
So, you need to explain the disease to your new friends, right? Here are the basics: Asthma causes swelling and inflammation in the airways that lead to your lungs. When asthma flares up, the airways tighten. This keeps the air from passing through easily and makes it hard to breathe.
Asthma triggers exasperate these flare-ups, or asthma attacks. For years, your parents were able to help protect you from indoor and outdoor asthma triggers. Now it’s up to you.
Knowing your triggers can help keep you out of the college health center and keep your parents tucked safely at home where they belong!
Dust – BYOP: That’s Bring Your Own Pillows
Pests – Keeping your dorm room clean should keep pests at bay.
Mold and Mildew – Check the ventilation dorm room for leaks.
Smoke – Hey, smoke happens…from cigarettes, incense, and other sources we won’t mention.
Stuffed Animals – That beloved stuffed animal your roommate secretly hugs for security may be filled with dust and dirt mites.
Ronnie Citron-Fink is a journalist and Editorial Director for the Moms Clean Air Force. She is the founder and author of the blog, Econesting. Yahoo named Ronnie one of the “Top 10 Living Green Experts.” She is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and Medium. Ronnie is working on a new book, UNCOLOR: Do or Dye Essays.