A Free Book, and a New Way to Help Kids Deal With Asthma

Do your children deal with asthma? I have been blessed to have three asthma-free children, but many of my friends are living with it on a daily basis with their children.  If you have a  child with asthma, you can FREE kids’ storybook, called Breathless Bethany Buttercup.

Did you know that nearly one out of every 10 children in the US has asthma? This makes it the most common chronic condition among school-age children. Asthma accounts for almost 13 million missed school days each year, and it is also the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among kids ages 15 and under.37587-lo-cover

Here are some of  the most common signs of Childhood Asthma:

  • Coughing that’s constant, intermittent or associated with physical activity
  • Wheezing or whistling sounds when a child exhales
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing that may or may not be associated with exercise
  • Complaints of chest tightness
  • Repeated respiratory infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis

Parents often struggle with the best way to talk to their children about asthma, and many children with asthma report a desire not to be treated differently from other children.

37587-lo-aanma_logoTo help parents speak with their children about asthma and support children coping with their disease, Schering-Plough Corporation has partnered with the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) to develop a fun, yet educational, storybook, Breathless Bethany Buttercup, that uses a little girl’s story about her experience with asthma to provide information about asthma management.

You can order the book FREE at www.asthmastorybook.com. To learn more about the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics and their asthma resources, visit www.breatherville.org..

Freebie Friday Saturday: Mommy Cards from Bizcard.com

I remember my first introduction to the concept of “Mommy Cards.”  The idea is that you have a business-card-like thing to had to people that you meet at the park, or friends from school, with your contact information on it. That way, they are reminded of the parent’s names, and can contact you for playdates, carpooling and such!

A friend got some as a gift from her friend in NY City, and I kind of dismissed it as a “metropolitan” thing, since someone you meet on any given day may not cross your path ever again!  “We don’t need that here,” I thought, since ours is a small town where most people know each other.

However, I started to think about having your kids’ allergies listed, dropping your child off with a friend and making sure they have your contact information and emergency numbers. Not to mention trying to remember which parents’ names match with the friends of my children!

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And now, I tend to think Mommy Cards are a great idea- not only for networking, but for safety. If your child has trouble remembering the home phone number, your cell numbers, they can tuck one into their bookbag, or sports bag in case they need to call.  Sometimes I feel weird giving out my business card to a new friend at the park with my contact info on it, because they don’t really need to know about my business. (Well, they do if they’re a mom, but you know what I mean)! And if my child had a peanut allergy, for instance, I would love to make sure the person in charge had that information.

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What do you think?  Are Mommy Cards a good idea?

BizCard.com is a full service online design and printing company.  They would like to offer one Mom Squad reader a set of 115 Mommy Cards completely FREE. While there are many designs at Bizcard.com that you can get for free, this offer includes any card design and shipping!

Here is how to enter:

  • Visit BizCard.com and check out their Mommy Card Designs.
  • Leave a comment here saying a benefit you see of having Mommy Cards, and your favorite design.

Get an extra entry if you:

  • are a Mom Squad Subscriber (Click the big orange button at the top or enter your email address- or both)
  • are a Real Life subscriber (my other blog) – click here
  • share this offer by Facebook, Blog, or Twitter
  • Post something (ANYTHING!) on our Facebook Page!

3 entries total per family, please!

Since this giveaway wasn’t posted till Saturday, it will run through Monday, March 16, and be announced on Tuesday on out winners page..