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Norton Children’s Allergy/Asthma stories

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Scharnese Cook went from an active kid to a heart transplant in weeks

At age 8, Scharnese Cook was very active. She ran track at school and was involved in various activities. Then she began to have trouble breathing. At first, it appeared to be a severe asthma attack. The situation became critical when emergency medical workers found that her pulse was much too fast. A chest X-ray […] Read More »

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What triggers an asthma attack?

Fall and winter can be very hard for children with asthma. It’s prime cold and flu season, and even a mild cold can lead to wheezing and tightness in the chest. As temperatures drop, allergens such as mold and fungi can cause attacks. How can your child get through this time of year without an […] Read More »

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Benign chest pain in children

Chest pain is very common in children. Fortunately, serious heart conditions are very rare but include pericarditis, myocarditis, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, coronary artery abnormalities, aortic dissection and ingestions. Noncardiac causes of chest pain are seen most frequently and include costochondritis, nonspecific chest wall pain, slipping rib syndrome, trauma or muscle strain. Other noncardiac causes of chest […] Read More »

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How a young heart transplant patient took on Washington

Scharnese Cook, an 11-year-old heart transplant patient, led a delegation to Washington, D.C. Cook, along with a team from Norton Children’s Hospital, met with lawmakers to make sure they keep sick kids in mind as they work on health care legislation. Cook shared this about her trip: I had never been to D.C. before, so I […] Read More »

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After heart transplant, girl takes her story to Washington

At age 8, Scharnese Cook was very active. She ran track at school and was involved in various activities. In May 2015, she began to have trouble breathing. At first, it appeared to be a severe asthma attack. The situation became critical when emergency medical personnel found that her pulse was much too rapid. A […] Read More »

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‘Asthma Lady’ helps kids breathe for 16 years

As Courtney Samuels, R.N., began her new nursing career at Norton Children’s Hospital last summer, she bumped into an old friend on the fifth floor. “Where is your inhaler?” were the first words that certified asthma educator Beth VanCleave, R.N., said to Samuels that day. It was their first meeting in a decade, since VanCleave […] Read More »

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3 truths about asthma

Why do people not take seriously a diagnosis of asthma? That is a question I ask myself every day. As a nationally certified asthma educator, I am constantly searching for the answer. Of course, the answer is as varied as the children and families I teach. Truth No. 1: It could be a cold, but […] Read More »

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6 types of kids’ coughs explained

A kids’ cough can be a sign of a simple cold or something more serious that needs medical attention. Here are six types of coughs and how to handle them. Dry cough Also called a hacking cough; if it persists after a cold, it likely is caused by residual mucus that will eventually clear up. […] Read More »

Enterovirus causes sick days

What exactly is enterovirus?

If you have kids, you’re no stranger to sick days this time of year. The culprit? Many times an enterovirus. While it sounds scary, it’s usually just something that needs to run its course. Every year in the United States, millions of kids are infected with an enterovirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease […] Read More »

September most dangerous time for asthma

Who doesn’t look forward to fall— cooler days, school activities and countless ways to enjoy the outdoors. The last thing your child needs during this busy time of year is an asthma attack. Unfortunately, the beginning of fall marks the most dangerous time for children with allergy-induced asthma. In fact, the largest number of hospitalizations […] Read More »

Kids with asthma: The silent warriors

One. Two. My son follows my count, breathing through each syllable and the moment slowly passes. Three. Four. Five. These 5-second moments are routine in our house. His heart rate slows and his breathing returns to normal. Since his first emergency room visit at 9 months old, my son, Kaeden, has been living with asthma. […] Read More »