When you think of celebrity Jenny McCarthy you may remember her from her MTV days of years ago, but she’s grown up now and has become a parent. Jenny is now a fierce Momma Bear and she’s bringing attention to a much needed cause: autism. As the mother of a child with special needs and autistic tendencies myself, I know the road Jenny McCarthy has walked down all too well.
Although, my son is now eleven years old, I can remember him being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy (at different times) like it was yesterday. No matter what diagnosis you may be dealing with for your own child, you are probably feeling a little scared and overwhelmed. Below are a few tips to help you in dealing with a new diagnosis.
It can be scary parenting a child with asthma. You don’t always notice the subtle symptoms of an impending attack. That is one reason to stay prepared, just in case. All children need to stay active and enjoy life. For many, to live means to play sports. You may be tempted to dissuade your child from playing team sports as the strenuous activity can sometimes bring on an attack. While you may use a nebulizer at home, it isn’t very convenient to carry around. Talk to your doctor about an inhaler for your child. You can easily carry one in your purse, your child’s backpack, or sports bag. If your child is too young to use an inhaler correctly, ask your doctor if an aerosol holding chamber would make a difference. For those with more severe asthma, prescription medicines may help control asthma attacks in children over 12 months.