Around 11 p.m. most nights I begin my nightly ritual. This routine has been in place since my three boys were born. I methodically go from one bedroom to the next listening for the same sound. Sometimes I hear it right away and other times it takes a few seconds, but I don’t leave until the sound I’m waiting for is confirmed: their breath. Then I’m able to sleep.
When my kids were infants there were times when their breath sounded different or strange. There were nights when they would snore or hold their breath for what felt like an eternity.
Then came asthma. When one of my son’s was around 2 years old we started what became our annual trip to the hospital for severe breathing problems related to asthma. Watching him wheeze and struggle for a single breath is a vision that’s hard to shake. And I know I’m not alone. There are so many children and families afflicted with breathing issues.
Review and Giveaway
There’s a new resource available for both new and veteran parents that would have been incredibly helpful when my children were infants: Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child, a book written by Dr. Nina Shapiro.
Read my review of the book over at Moms Clean Air Force. Thanks to Dr. Shapiro, two lucky winners will receive their own copy of Take a Deep Breath. To enter head on over to Moms Clean Air Force and join the force then leave a comment under my review on the Moms Clean Air Force site letting us know that you joined. It’s that simple!
Disclosure: Thank you to Dr. Nina Shapiro for a complimentary copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
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