Caring for Kids with Asthma with These Organizational Hacks

 
This post is sponsored by CoHero Health. Use of the BreatheSmart app and the HeroTracker sensors were provided to the Salty Mamas at no cost, and the Salty Mamas were also compensated for this post. You can read more at our disclosures page. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are our own, and The Salty Mamas only promote products we believe in.

Have you been following along with our series featuring the BreatheSmart asthma management app? Join us as we bring you more tips for caring for kids with asthma in this helpful roundup.

When my kids were first diagnosed with asthma, I’m not embarrassed to say that I felt more than a little panicky.

I never had asthma as a kid. I didn’t know what that meant, or what my kids’ futures would look like as a result. Would they be able to run? Play sports? Would they be able to keep up with other kids their age?

And- maybe the most terrifying- would I be able to keep up when it came to caring for kids with asthma?

It hasn’t been the easiest road when it comes to managing my kids’ asthma, but we have stumbled upon so many helpful resources along the way. And while it may never be easy to help your kids with their asthma, there are lots of ways to make it a little easier. 

Check out our top tips for caring for kids with asthma (featuring our favorite new tool, the BreatheSmart asthma management app).

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Using (and Loving) the BreatheSmart Asthma App

 

This post is sponsored by BreatheSmart. Use of the BreatheSmart app and the HeroTracker sensors were provided to the Salty Mamas at no cost, and the Salty Mamas were also compensated for this post. You can read more at our disclosures page. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are our own, and The Salty Mamas only promote products we believe in.

As a mother of two kids with asthma, I know how important- and just how difficult- it can be to manage their medications, symptoms, and triggers.

It’s not easy to give doctors accurate reports or keep track of how many attacks occur in a month.

It’s nearly impossible to remember every park, playground, or middle-of-the-night wheezing for which we need to administer a rescue inhaler.

As a result, when it comes time to meet with the asthma specialist for my kids’ yearly check ins, I often find myself feeling frustrated. I’m not the most organized of mothers, and it makes me feel like a failure sometimes when I realize how little I remember about how we manage our kids’ asthma on the day-to-day.

So imagine my sheer and utter relief when I found an app that will take all of that tracking off of my plate. Every trigger, every symptom and every administration of medication can be stored in one convenient place- right on my very own phone.

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Digital Asthma Monitoring with BreatheSmart’s New Technology

This post is sponsored by BreatheSmart. Use of the BreatheSmart app and the HeroTracker sensors were provided to the Salty Mamas at no cost, and the Salty Mamas were also compensated for this post. You can read more at our disclosures page. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are our own, and The Salty Mamas only promote products we believe in.

At nine months old, Lila got pneumonia. At a year and a half, she got bronchitis. By the time she was two years old, she was coughing violently- often until she threw up- on an almost daily basis. My gut told me she had asthma, but it was hard to get her doctor to agree.

When we talked to the doctor at her annual checkup, he didn’t seem overly concerned with her symptoms. He prescribed a rescue inhaler, but it was a full three years (and two different doctors) until she finally received an asthma diagnosis. It took another six months to find a preventative medication that got her asthma under control.

It took us more time than I’d care to admit, but now that I’ve finally gotten everything sorted out when it comes to my kids’ asthma monitoring, I find myself completely unwilling to let go of our carefully crafted asthma management routine.

Right now, my kids are little. It’s easy for me to “take charge” of their asthma myself. I talk to their doctors. I make decisions about medications. And when it’s time to administer those meds? Well, I do that too.
But what happens as these kids get older? I mean, they can barely remember to brush their teeth every day, or to comb their hair before school. How on earth are they supposed to remember exactly what it takes to keep their asthma under control?

Thankfully, we now have an asthma monitoring app can help them to do just that.

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Which Car Seat Should I Get? The ULTIMATE Car Seat Buying Guide

Need a carseat that's easy to install? Or maybe the best seat for grandma's car? How about a narrow car seat that can fit three across in a sedan? Whatever you're looking for, we've got a list of the best car seats for the job at TheSaltyMamas.com. #carseat #carseatsafety #bestcarseat #carseatbuyingguide #narrowcarseat

The car seat market is absolutely SATURATED with options. There are so many different kinds, each boasting different features, safety specs, and bells and whistles. How are you supposed to know which carseat to choose, especially when your needs are complicated? The Salty Mamas own an astounding 12 car seats between us (and our kids are still little). So if you find yourself wondering, “which car seat should I get?” while frantically scrolling through Amazon reviews- fear no more. Here are the seats that make the cut for our ultimate car seat buying guide.

Need a carseat that's easy to install? Or maybe the best seat for grandma's car? How about a narrow car seat that can fit three across in a sedan? Whatever you're looking for, we've got a list of the best car seats for the job at TheSaltyMamas.com. #carseat #carseatsafety #bestcarseat #carseatbuyingguide #narrowcarseat

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Christmas Safety Tips for Toddlers You NEED to Know

Wondering how to keep a toddler away from the Christmas tree? Or how to baby-proof your Christmas decorations? Find the safety tips you need this holiday season at TheSaltyMamas.com. #toddlers #baby #babies #christmas #holidaysafety #mom #parenting #kids #holidays #holiday #christmasdecorations

Christmas can be dangerous for little ones – from fragile ornaments to open flames on candles. So how can you make sure you still have a festive holiday season AND keep your toddler safe this Christmas? We’ll help you answer your burning questions like, “how can I keep my tree safe from toddlers?” and “are my Christmas stockings a safety hazard?” With these Christmas safety tips for toddlers you can focus on all the fun, and stop worrying. 

The holiday season is upon us, and before you know it we’ll be bringing in trees, stringing up lights, and hanging stockings and garlands from mantles and bookshelves. It’ll look beautiful, and so festive- and it will be oh-so-tempting for the little hands around you.

Those curious toddler fingers (and let’s be honest-climbing little legs) will be thrilled to discover all the newfound decorations in your homes. They’ll zero in on the tree first, of course – those ornaments DO look an awful lot like their ball pit balls, you know- but they won’t stop there.

Before you know it, your garland will be down, your stockings will be unhung by the chimney, and the little baby Jesus will be scooped right out of his manger and placed into your preschooler’s doll house.

So how DO you keep your toddler away from the Christmas tree? And-most importantly- what Christmas safety tips for toddlers do you need to check out? After five toddlers and LOTS of trial and error, we’ve got a foolproof plan to keep your little sugar plums out of the ER this holiday season.

Brightly lit Christmas tree: Text overlay: Keep your toddler safe this Christmas

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