This article is from the Children Allergies and Asthma FAQ, by Eileen Kupstas Soo firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Children with Asthma: A manual for parents
Thomas F. Plaut, M.D with parents, patients, and physicians
paperback ISBN 0-914625-16-0
$10 with multiple purchase discount
One Minute Asthma
Thomas F. Plaut, M.D
paperback ISBN 0-914625-14-4
$5 with multiple purchase discount
Pedipress Asthma Publications
125 Red Gate Lane
Amherst, MA 01002
Both English and Spanish versions are available.
These two books are well-written guides to help parents understand and
deal with their children's asthma. The information applies to adults,
as well, however, these books do not assume that the asthma patient
will be the person monitoring the patient's condition on a day-to-day
basis. This is a rather realistic assumption for parents of young
children. Other information is available from this company, including
a peak flow diary, an asthma signs diary, and a children's story
Winning over Asthma.
One Minute Asthma is a 48 page booklet that contains short, concise
information on evaluating an asthmatic's condition, the treatment of
asthma, the types of medications used to treat asthma, and sample
diaries for tracking an asthmatics condition day-to-day. The language
is suitable for a lay person with no prior information on asthma. The
example diaries are well-worth looking at (free samples are also
available from the publisher; see the Pedipress website for more
details). A two page list of resources at the back gives a good
starting point for more information.
Children with Asthma: A manual for parents is a longer book (278
pages) with much more detailed information on asthma and it's
treatment. The book's tone is definitely geared towards parents,
especially helping parents do the most they can to help their
child. The book expresses two very good attitudes:
well-educated parent can be a great asset in managing a child's asthma
condition. Whether or not the parent is well-educated can make a
tremendous difference is how well the child's asthma is managed and
how much the asthma affects the child's life.
2) well-managed asthma should not regularly limit a child's
activities. Children with asthma should be able to participate in
sports, travel, and other interests with minimal interference from
their asthma symptoms.
The book gives information on a number of common situations
(school, travel, sports, choosing a doctor, support groups)
and from a number of viewpoints (parents, family, child with
asthma). The book inludes a resource list of organizations, vensors, and
publications, a glossary, and Canadian, US, and
British drug names.
Children With Asthma
Pedipress Asthma Publications
ISBN 0-914625-05-5, paperback, $7.95.
This book is full of practical information for parents of
children with asthma --- from tips on how to cope to detailed
treatment plans. The commonly prescribed asthma medicines are all
clearly described, as are the symptoms of asthma and common
causes. A must-have for every parent.
Allergies: The Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Daily
Stuart H. Young, M.D., Bruce S. Dobozin, M.D., Margaret Miner and
the editors of Consumer Reports Books
Consumers Union put out this edition. This is a slightly better
overview than the one listed below.
The Best Guide to Allergy
A.V. Giannini, N.D. Schulz, T.T. Chang, D.C.Wong
Consumers Union put out the edition lying around my house. This is an
overview suitable for people who are first having to cope with allergy
(whether their own or someone else's). It covers asthma, food,
airborne, insects, etc. No recipes, but the basics for planning
elimination diets. They also insert some sanity in discussing the
pros/cons of various allergy testing methods (don't seem to seriously
subscribe to any of them, and generally favor a clinical history
approach to diagnosis). Not bad, but I'm sure there are plenty of
others that cover similar ground.
The Peoples's Handbook of Allergies and Allergens
An encyclopedia of allergy terms, allergens and their sources, and
questionnaires to help identify allergies. There is also a listing
of information sources and manufacturers of allergy/asthma products.
Fairly complete and technically detailed.
The Complete Book of Allergy Control
Laura J. Stevens
This book takes a very broad view of what an allergy is. The book may
even lean towards alarmist in some respects, but it gives a very
thorough list of possible allergies and allergens as well as a
detailed set of questions to help pin down allergic reactions. The
author's view is not the traditional view, but the book can be a good
resource for generating ideas and taking inital steps towards
identifying and treating allergies. Some recipes are included for food
The MA (Mothers of Asthmatics) Report: published by the Allergy
and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc. 1-800-878-4403,
$25 per year. General info on childhood asthma.
Asthma Update: A Newsletter for People with Asthma:
1-410-267-8329: $10 per year: The latest research on drugs and
treatments with doctors' names and addresses for further
Is this Your Child? Discovering and Treating
Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults.
Rapp, D., 1991.
William Morrow & Co., nc., New York.
This is an EXCELLENT book describing the symptoms and treatments of
food allergies/sensitivities and environmental illness, especially
when "allergy" is not considered to be the problem. This book is
recommended to parents whose child is always sick, hyperactive
(labelled ADD or ADHD), cranky, a "slow learner", has chronic ear
infections, etc. There are pictures that show what these symptoms
really look like. The ideas and treatments in this book basically
turned my 6 year old into a different, now healthy and well behaved,
child. It also help our family address longstanding problems since
some of this can be hereditary.
Tired or Toxic?
Rogers, S., 1990.
Box 3161, 3502 Brewerton Road,
I found this book in my public library. It is quite technical, but
gives a good discussion about environmental illness. It describes
methods to use in ridding your home (or trying to discover problems
in your home) of allergy provoking substances. If your child is
allergic to dust mites, molds/mildew, household chemicals, etc., this
book would help greatly. It also describes the importance of
magnesium supplementation when anyone is supplementing calcium
(especially kids on dairy-free diets). It convinced me to supplement
my children with calium citrate and mangesium in a 2:1 ratio.
Food Allergies Made Simple.
Austin, P., Thrash, A., and Thrash, C., 1985.
New Lifestyle Books. 80 pp.
I found this book in my university library. It is a very good basic
book desribing the sumptoms and treatment of food allergies,
intolerances and sensitivities. I would recommend this book to
anyone that wants a concise but accurate text on food allergy.
June, 1992 issue of CHEST, a medical journal for specialists. This
issue is totally devoted to asthma diagnosis, treatment and
The Asthma Resource Directory
by Carol Rudoff, President of the American Allergy Assn.
PO Box 640, Menlo Park CA
Lists over 2500 resources and products available nationwide
including camps, suppliers, support groups, and research
So You have Asthma too!
by Nancy Sander
I'm a Meter Reader
also by Nancy Sander