[VIDEO] CDC Asthma Expert Answers Parent Questions about Steroids, Essential Oils and Outgrowing It

The winter months can be torture for parents and children with asthma. I can tell as soon as the temperature dips that A.J. will be wheezing his head off. I can count down the minuted of the school day until I get a call from the school nurse about his breathing problems.

A.J. Asthma


This year, we’re on more asthma maintenance medication after having a maintenance meeting with his pediatrician.

I know we’re not alone on this journey, so I reached out the to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta to get answers about:

Steroid Use & Treatments

Essential Oils & Asthma

Outgrowing Asthma

New Asthma Research

Watch: Video Interview with CDC Asthma Expert, Dr. Joy Hsu

Below you’ll find a link to the asthma research Dr. Joy Hsu mentioned.
I’ve shared our family’s asthma journey on the show before: What I Keep in My Asthma Attack Arsenal During Cold & Flu  Season  and I Pray You Grow Out of Asthma.  Aside from the two asthma maintenance medications A.J. takes, we also keep tissues handy for runny noses, get our flu shots each season, remind him to wear a Sneeve on his elbow when he sneezes and we keep his nasal passages clear with saline spray.


Asthma Attack Pack


Asthma Resources for Families

Here is the Asthma Research we mentioned in the interview: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27658535


State asthma programs: http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/contacts/default.htm


General advice for parents and others: http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. Thanks for the great resources. I have asthma and will have to look into the essential oils.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a friend who’s son has asthma, and I will definitely be showing this to her.

  3. That is so scary when a kid has asthma. I can’t even imagine. Great resources

  4. I have a friend who’s has a daughter had asthma, I think it’s really hard to see your child suffering in asthma. This is a smart idea, I’ll share this with her.

  5. Thank you for all these resources. I have asthma myself and would hate to see my children going through it. Good luck mama you’re doing great!

  6. I grew up with asthma so I know the difficulties that it can pose. Thank you for these resources: a few of my friends’ kids suffer from asthma so it’s definitely something I can send their way.

  7. Resources like these are so helpful. My son had asthma that he eventually grew out of as he got older. I definitely didn’t expect it to happen!

  8. Yep, asthma is one of those things you have to keep on top of. Being appropriately treated makes a big difference in someone’s life when they have asthma.

  9. I feel like there are so many more children with asthma now adays, adults too!

  10. This is very helpful information for people with asthma. Im sure its probably heartbreaking for you that he has to go through this all the time. But its great that you’ve got some great products to help you through.

  11. My Sister has Asthma and spent many nights at the Hospital growing up. Winter is a terrible time of the year for Asthmatics.

  12. Great resources! Myself and 3 of my 4 kids have asthma so I definitely stay on top of it.

  13. Thanks for compiling all of these great resources abou asthma in one place. It is something that you definitely have to keep in control.

  14. This is very helpful! Thank you for sharing this! Worth sharing to my friends and loved ones suffering from asthma.

  15. Thanks for these wonderful resources. My nephews grapple with asthma and I can’t wait to share this post with my sister! She can use all the help she can get when it comes to keeping her son’s happy and comfortable despite their asthma.

  16. These are such great resources. I have a friend that has asthma and she has slowly outgrown bits of it.

  17. Wonderful resources. I grew up with 2 brothers who have asthma and it was always a topic of conversation back then. My nephew has it now so this will be helpful for them!

  18. I’m sharing this with friends right now. I have so many friends with children who suffer greatly with asthma. These are fantastic tips.

  19. My husband’s buddy suffers from asthma.
    He constantly needs his inhaler.
    I hope things work out for your boy.

  20. I didn’t realize asthma was something some people outgrow. It must be so hard to deal with.

  21. Cold season is tough in our home. Usually when one kid gets it..the other 3 end up sick too….in a row. These are some great tips on what to keep on hand

  22. This is a good information, i will tell this to my mother in law that suffering on Asthma

  23. aww little sweetheart. Asthma is no fun when it flares. best to be in the know as much as possible about every aspect of it that you can be, when you have a little one who suffers from it!

  24. It’s tough when the kids are the ones dealing with asthma. I think it’s nice that you posted resources here as well. It’s good to keep parents informed at all times.