• What's an Asthma Action Plan?

    What's an Asthma Action Plan? What's an Asthma Action Plan? An asthma action plan (or management plan) is a written plan that you create with your child's doctor to help control your child's asthma. The goal of an asthma action plan is to reduce or prevent flare-ups and emergency department visits. Following a written asthma action plan can help your child do normal everyday activities without having asthma symptoms. What's in ...
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  • Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma

    Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma How Does Air Quality Affect People With Asthma? People with asthma are more likely to have trouble breathing in places with polluted air or smog. Poor air quality can cause flare-ups, and also may increase the chances of respiratory infections, like flu, that can make asthma symptoms worse. What Makes Air Quality Poor? You've probably heard about the ozone layer and how we need to protect it. The ...
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  • Spirometry

    Spirometry What Is Spirometry? Spirometry is a quick, painless test using a tool called a spirometer to measure how much air a person's lungs can hold. It also tests the speed of inhalations (breathing in) and exhalations (breathing out). This test is given to children older than 5 years. The spirometer has two pieces: a mouthpiece a tube that connects to a machine that records and displays the results Why ...
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  • Words to Know (Special Needs Glossary)

    a b c d e f g h i m o p r s t u v w A achievement/ability discrepancy: a way of telling if a child has learning disabilities by asking parents and teachers if the child is living up to expectations. acquired brain injury (ABI): an injury to the brain that is not there at birth. This includes aneurysms, strokes, infections of the brain, and accidents that result in a brain injury. This does not ...
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  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

    Cerebral Palsy (CP)
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  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

    Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) What Is Patent Ductus Arteriosus? Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is an extra blood vessel found in babies before birth and just after birth. In most babies who have an otherwise normal heart, the PDA will shrink and close on its own in the first few days of life. If it stays open longer, it may cause extra blood to flow to the lungs. Problems are most likely if the PDA is large. Some smaller PDAs ...
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  • What's Earwax?

    What's Earwax? It's sticky. It's shiny. But what is earwax, anyway — and where does it come from? Earwax is made in the outer ear canal. This is the area between the fleshy part of the ear on the outside of your head (the part you can see) and the middle ear. The skin in the outer ear canal has special glands that produce earwax. The fancy name for this waxy stuff is cerumen (say: suh-ROO-mun). After the ...
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  • Why Do Feet Stink?

    Why Do Feet Stink? They're your tootsies, your dogs, your piggies. Whatever you call them, feet are an important part of you. Without them, you couldn't stand up, walk around, or run a race. In fact, your feet work so hard for you that sometimes they get sweaty. And stinky. Think of a hot, summer day when you've been walking around an amusement park all afternoon. Oooh, boy — your feet have been in those ...
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  • What's Sweat?

    What's Sweat? You're biking up a hill, pedaling as hard as you can. You're almost there and — what's this? Your back is all wet and so is your face. Don't sweat it — it's only sweat! Your body works best when its temperature is about 98.6ºF (37ºC). When your body gets hotter than that, your brain doesn't like it — it wants your body to stay cool and comfortable. So the part of your ...
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  • What's Spit?

    What's Spit? Pull a lollipop out of your mouth and you'll see it. Wake up after drooling on your pillow and you'll feel it. That's right, it's spit, also known as saliva (say: suh-LIE-vuh). Saliva is a clear liquid that's made in your mouth 24 hours a day, every day. It's made up mostly of water, with a few other chemicals. The slippery stuff is produced by the salivary (say: SAL-uh-vair-ee) glands. These ...
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