Get Smart About Asthma
02
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


IT’S BEEN A FAVORITE OF KIDS FOR
GENERATIONS. AND TODAY IT IS THE KEY
INGREDIENT FOR SOME DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS SNACKS KIDS WILL
DEVOUR. ASTHMA EFFECTS MILLIONS OF KIDS.
TODAY WE GET TIPS FROM A PEDIATRICIAN ON HOW KIDS CAN
CONTROL THEIR ASTHMA. THE INTERNET, CELL PHONES, AND
KIDS CAN BE A DANGEROUS MIX. TODAY WE TALK TO AN EXPERT ON
CYBER BULLYS AND YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY WITH MOBILE DEVICES.
WELCOME TO DESIGNING SPACES, KIDS SPACES.
THE SHOW THAT’S ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SPACE, YOUR HOME AND
SURROUNDINGS AND HOW THEY RELATE TO YOUR KIDS.
I’M DEBI MARI. TODAY, WE ARE FOSTERING BRIGHT
FUTURES BY REVISITING THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB TO HELP THE KIDS
GET READY FOR SCHOOL. YEP, IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR
AGAIN. IT’S OUR SPECIAL TWO PART KIDS
SPACES BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL. BUT FIRST, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT
THE POMPANO BEACH FACILITY OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND FIND
OUT WHAT THEY ARE ALL ABOUT, BOTH HERE AND AROUND THE COUTRY.
THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF BROWARD COUNTY IS ACTUALLY ONE
OF THE LARGEST CLUBS IN THE COUNTRY.
FOR US HERE IN BROWARD COUNTY, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF
BROWARD COUNTY SERVE 12,000 KIDS ANNUALLY AND WE HAVE 12 FREE
STANDING LOCATIONS. TODAY WE ARE THE STEPHANIS UNIT
WHERE WE HAVE OVER A THOUSAND MEMBERS ANNUALLY THAT ARE APART
OF PARTICIPATING IN THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS ACTIVITIES.
THE MISSION OF THE THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IS TO REACH OUT TO
LIVES OF YOUNG MEN, YOUNG WOMEN, THOSE THAT NEED US MOST.
AND TO HELP THEM TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AS PRODUCTIVE
CARING CITIZENS. TO KICK OFF OUR TWO PARTER, WE
LOOK HOW THE INTERNET AND CHILDREN CAN BE A DANGEROUS MIX.
AND WE ADDRESS ISSUES LIKE CYBER BULLYING, SEXTING, PRIVACY, AND
ONLINE MONEY SENSE. PLUS, WE TEAMED UP WITH PARENTS,
THEIR KIDS, AND A DOCTOR TO TALK ASTHMA.
AND UNDERSTANDING HOW TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL FOR THE MILLIONS
AFFECTED. TO WRAP IT ALL UP, WE GET IN THE
KITCHEN AND MAKE SOME DELICIOUS AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS THE KIDS
WILL DEVOUR. SO STICK AROUND AND SEE IT ALL
RIGHT HERE ON KIDS SPACES, BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL PART ONE. ASTHMA AFFLICTS MILLIONS OF KIDS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND LEARNING HOW TO CONTROL THIS INCURABLE
PROBLEM IS KEY TO NOT MISSING SCHOOL AND LIVING A MORE
FULFILLING LIFE. KIDS SPACES TEAMED UP WITH A
GROUP OF KIDS FROM THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND THEIR PARENTS FOR
AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON LIVING WITH ASTHMA.
TAKE A LOOK. WELL GOOD MORNING.
I’M SO GLAD YOU GUYS ARE HERE. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT
ASTHMA AND I WANT TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF ASHTMA.
SO WE PROBABLY NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT ASTHMA’S ALL ABOUT.
I THINK A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT IS TO HAVE THE KIDS TELL US WHAT
ASTHMA IS AND I THINK THE IDEA THE DEFINITION OF ASTHMA WILL
PROBABLY EMERGE. TELL ME WHAT DOES ASTHMA DO TO
YOU? ASTHMA IS A DISEASE THAT SLOWS
ME DOWN WHEN I RUN OR DO ANYTHING ATHLETIC.
HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? TIRED.
IS IT HARD FOR YOU TO KEEP UP WITH THE OTHER KIDS?
YES. MAKES YOU FEEL KIND OF BAD,
DOESN’T IT? YES.
SO, TELL ME WHAT ASTHMA DOES TO YOU?
SOMETIMES ASHTMA CAN BE VERY PAINFUL TO ME AND IT GETS ME
TIRED VERY QUICK AT TIMES BECAUSE IT’S VERY HARD FOR ME TO
BREATH WHEN IT CONTROLS MY LUNGS.
AND I HAVE TO TAKE A TREATMENT EVERY TIME, AND I’M COUGHING AND
STUFF. SO WHAT DOES IT KEEP YOU FROM
DOING? WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT TO DO
THAT ASTHMA MESSES UP FOR YOU? STAY IN MY BASKETBALL GAME MORE
AND PLAY MORE MINUTES. SO DOES YOUR ASTHMA DO TO YOU?
SOMETIMES WHEN I WANT TO PLAY A GAME, I CANNOT PLAY THAT GAME
BECAUSE OF MY ASTHMA. IF I’M IN IT AND I START RUNNING
AND I HAVE TO SLOW DOWN AT TIMES BECAUSE OF MY ASTHMA.
SO THAT’S NO FUN. YOU CAN’T DO WHAT THEY OTHER
GIRLS DO THEN RIGHT? YES.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? I FEEL SAD ABOUT THAT.
SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE HOW WE CAN GET YOUR ASTHMA CONTROLLED.
SO, HOW ABOUT YOU? HOW DOES ASTHMA AFFECT YOU?
WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU? WHEN I WANT TO GO OUT TO PLAY.
I CAN’T BECAUSE WHEN I RUN, MY LUNGS SQUEEZES AND THEN I CAN
HARDLY BREATH. SO, FROM WHAT I HEAR YOU GUYS
SAYING, THIS ISN’T SOMETHING ANYBODY WOULD WANT THEIR CHILD
TO HAVE, RIGHT? SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT THE
DEFINITION OF ASTHMA. ASTHMA IS AN INFLAMMATORY
DISEASE. LIKE A SORENESS INSIDE YOUR
AIRWAYS. AND THE WAY TO THINK ABOUT YOUR
AIRWAYS IS IF YOU WERE ON A SUNNY DAY AND YOU WERE LAYING ON
THE GROUND AND YOU WERE LOOKING AT A TREE.
THAT BIG TRUNK IS YOUR WIND PIPE THE BRANCHES ARE THINGS YOU CALL
BRONCHI AND THEN THEY KEEP GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER AND
SMALLER OUT TO THE LITTLE TWIGS. THOSE ARE YOUR AIRWAYS AND
ASTHMA, THAT INFLAMMATION OR SORENESS AFFECTS BOTH THE LARGE
AND THE SMALL AIRWAYS. THINK ABOUT THIS: IF YOU GET A
BURN ON YOUR HAND. AND IT’S A LITTLE SORE BUT IF
YOU DON’T TOUCH IT, IT’S NOT A PROBLEM.
IF YOU TOUCH IT, IT REALLY HURTS.
SO, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT INFLAMED AIRWAY IS VERY
SENSITIVE TO THINGS WE CALL TRIGGERS AND MANY OF YOU TOLD ME
EXACTLY THE KIND OF TRIGGERS THAT YOU HAVE.
TERMS OF WEATHER CHANGES, TERMS OF EXERCISE, TERMS OF DUST AND
POLLUTION. SO, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT
THE WHOLE BASIS FOR HOW WE TREAT ASTHMA IS REALIZING THAT IT’S
INFLAMMATION OR SORENESS IN OUR AIRWAY.
BOTH OUR LARGE AIRWAYS AND OUR SMALL AIRWAYS.
HOW DOC, SOMETIMES ASTHMA CAN COME AS A SUDDEN ATTACK.
AND WE’VE HAD TO TAKE KENNETH TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM A NUMEROUS OF
TIMES. WHAT CAUSES THESE ASTHMA
ATTACKS? WELL, THAT’S AN EXCELLENT
QUESTION. WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT AIRWAY THAT
IS INFLAMED ENCOUNTERS SOME KIND OF A TRIGGER.
IT MIGHT BE A COLD, IT MIGHT BE SOME DUST THAT HE EXPERIENCED IN
SCHOOL. IT MIGHT BE POLLUTION.
BUT ONCE THAT TRIGGER HITS THAT INFLAMED SORE AIRWAY, IT GOES
INTO WHAT WE CALL A SPASM. SOMETIMES KNOWN AS A
BRONCHOCONSTRICTION. AND YOU BEGING TO SEE KENNETH
BREATH HARD, YOU HEAR THE WHEEZING, THE SHORTNESS OF
BREATH. AND YOU AS A PARENT, GET KIND OF
PANICKED BY THAT. YOU TAKE HIM TO THE EMERGENCY
ROOM. SO, IN TALKING ABOUT WHAT CAN
PREVENT THAT. WE’VE GOT TWO POSSIBILITIES
HERE. ONE: WE CAN TRY AND AVOID THOSE
TRIGGERS. NOW WE KNOW WE CAN’T AVOID
COLDS, WE CAN’T AVOID POLLUTION. BUT THEN ALSO WE CAN DECREASE
THE SORENESS IN THE AIRWAY AND THAT’S TREATING THE
INFLAMMATION. AND THAT’S BEING ON THE MEDICINE
CALLED A CONTROLLER. IT’S A MEDICINE YOU TAKE EVERY
DAY TO DECREASE IF NOT ELIMINATE MOST OF THAT INFLAMMATION SO
THAT HE’S NOT LIKELY TO GO INTO A SEVERE AND SUDDEN ATTACK WHICH
APPEARS SUDDEN BECAUSE HE ENCOUNTER A TRIGGER.
SHEIVA CAN GET ASTHMA WHILE RUNNING OR PLAYING.
I THINK IT’S GOOD EXERCISE. WHAT CAN I DO.
WELL, EXERCISE IS GOOD. AND WE WANT HIM TO BE ABLE TO
EXERCISE. BUT SOMETIMES WHEN THEY ASTHMA
IS NOT WELL CONTROLLED BECAUSE WE BREATH HARD AND FAST AND WE
COOL AND DRY OUR AIRWAY IT WILL SEND THEM INTO THAT SPASM.
THAT CONSTRICTION. SO A COUPLE THINGS ARE
IMPORTANT. ONE: TO MAKE SURE THE BASIC
ASTHMA CONTROL IS GOOD SO THAT HE CAN EXERCISE, MAYBE TAKE A
PRETREATMENT WITH RESCUE DRUG 15 TO 30 MINUTES BEFORE HIS
ACTIVITY. AND THEN ULTIMATELY, GOOD
EXERCISE IF YOUR ASTHMA IS CONTROLLED ACTUALLY IMPROVES
ASTHMA CONTROL. BECAUSE THE BODY’S MORE TUNED
UP. SO YOU’RE RIGHT, EXERCISE IS
GOOD BUT TALK TO YOUR PHYSICIAN AND FIND OUT IF HE NEEDS A
CONTROLLER. AND THEN MAYBE HE NEEDS THAT
RESCUE MEDICINE TO BE GIVEN 15 TO 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE
ACTIVITY THAT CAUSES THE PROBLEMS.
HELLO DOCTOR GRAHAM. IS THERE A CURE FOR ASTHMA?
WELL, UNFORTUNATELY, DESPITE LOTS OF RESEARCH OVER MANY
YEARS, WE DON’T HAVE A SPECIFIC CURE FOR ASTHMA.
WHAT THAT RESEARCH HAS HELPED US DEVELOP IS REALLY EFFECTIVE
TREATMENT WHERE YOU CAN TAKE A CHILD AND HAVE THEM CONTINUE ON
THEIR CONTROL OR PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE AND IDENTIFY THEIR
TRIGGERS AND HAVE RESCUE MEDICINE AT HAND SHOULD THEY
HAVE A FLARE UP. ALL PUT INTO WHAT WE CALL AN
ASTHMA ACTION PLAN THAT YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR DEVELOP THAT HAS ALL
THAT INFORMATION READILY AT HAND.
SO THAT MOST CHILDREN, IF NOT ALL CHILDREN, CAN LEAD A NORMAL.
YOU KNOW I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.
BECAUSE WHAT YOU’VE DONE IS YOU’VE PUT A FACE ON ASTHMA AND
WHAT I AS AN ASTHMA SPECIALIST AND I AS AN ASTHMA EDUCATOR
REALLY WANT. THIS IS THE DISEASE THAT PEOPLE
NEED TO KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT. PEOPLE NEED TO EMPOWER
THEMSELVES, PEOPLE NEED TO ASK THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU’VE ASKED
NOW AND GO TO EXCELLENT SOURCES LIKE GETSMARTABOUTASTHMA.COM TO
LEARN MORE. SO, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR
BEING A PART OF THIS. AND I THINK EVERYBODY THAT VIEWS
THIS IS GOING TO BETTER FOR IT PARTICULARLY IF THEY HAVE A
CHILD WITH ASTHMA. SO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. WE’RE OUT OF TIME FOR TODAY BUT
BE SURE TO JOIN US ON OUR PART TWO OF OUR KIDS SPACES BACK TO
SCHOOL SPECIAL FEATURING THE KIDS FROM THE BOYS AND GIRLS
CLUBS OF BROWARD COUNTY IN POMPANO BEACH FLORIDA.
I’M DEBI MARI. BYE FOR NOW. YOU
CAN VISIT THESE WEBSITES TO LEARN
MORE ABOUT HE PARTICIPANTS ON THIS EDITION OF DESIGNING
SPACES.


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