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Home Care Tips for Reducing the Risk of Childhood Hospitalizations Due to Asthma
Date:2/12/2009

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Health Advisory

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Asthma attacks are the leading cause of hospitalizations for children in New York City, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why? Recent research suggests that there are many causes for asthma attacks, ranging from air pollution and roach droppings to immune system changes that result from the presence, or lack of, certain microbes (allergy-causing organisms that can't be seen with the naked eye). The biggest problem, however, is that few parents realize just how toxic the home environment can be for young asthmatic children.

Few experiences are more stressful for families than emergency room visits and hospitalizations for children. Fortunately, while some hospitalizations are unavoidable, they can be minimized, and even sidestepped, with proper home care.

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation's largest not-for-profit home health care organization, has developed in-depth expertise to provide the best care to New Yorkers in their homes, including those families with asthmatic children.

According to Sandra Eger-McTernan, RN, MSN, CPNP, a VNSNY pediatric nurse specialist, "While there are a number of different views on the causes of pediatric asthma, there are several surefire steps that parents can take at home to reduce the risk of hospitalizations."

  • Go green. The use of four or more household cleaners in one home can increase the incidence of asthma in adults and children. However, children breathe at a faster rate than adults, which puts them at greater risk for harm. Look for environmentally-friendly cleaning products with non-toxic ingredients.
  • Beware of scents: Household air pollution that cause or wo
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