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It feels a little ironic that I’m writing the note for our Kids Health issue just a few days after getting over being sick. Yes, after avoiding it for nearly two years, Covid finally hit our family, and we spent half of January in quarantine. We’re not sure if Alexis brought it home from school or if my husband picked it up at work since he was the first to go down. Thankfully, although no one in our house avoided symptoms, we all had mild cases.

As a parent, I take my daughter’s health seriously. Alexis was diagnosed with asthma just before her third birthday, making our bout with Covid especially stressful. We had hoped she would outgrow it, but so far that hasn’t been the case. In the last four years, I have learned a lot about asthma, but the one thing I wish everyone knew is that asthma is nothing like how you see it portrayed in movies or on TV, especially when it comes to wheezing.

In reality, an asthma attack looks more like a really bad coughing spell, one so bad that the person can’t catch their breath. It’s like an allergy attack on steroids, and the warning signs can be easily dismissed. Really bad flare-ups can last for days. In fact, this school year alone, Alexis has missed more than a week of school for breathing problems related to her asthma.

The bottom line? If I waited until I could hear Alexis wheezing every time she has an asthma attack, I would be waiting entirely too long to do anything about it.

That said, we have had such amazing support from our pediatrician and his nurses. With their guidance, we have been able to establish a daily routine for Alexis that keeps her asthma mostly controlled and, with the exception of the last few months, her emergency inhaler use to a minimum.

Finding the right providers for your kids and their needs is so important, which is why we take a month each year to make that process easier for you. Our annual Kids Health Guide is your directory to local pediatricians, dentists, and eye doctors. It also includes resources to keep your kids active like area trampoline and skate parks, walking trails, and more, not to mention kids fitness programs, sports training, and nutrition help.

This month’s feature articles are all about helping moms and dads make healthy lifestyle changes, from Every Successful Fitness Journey Starts With These 3 Steps to How To Be A Fitness Role Model To Your Kids.

One of the best things I did for myself in 2021 was getting connected with a health coach. I was at the end of my post-hysterectomy recovery period and needed a helping hand getting back on track. Now, I do yoga a couple of times a week, and the benefits are pretty amazing. Not only has my flexibility, strength, and stamina improved, but my stress level is also the lowest it’s been in years, even with two weeks of Covid.

As we move into the month of February, I wish all of you good health, and if you aren’t able to avoid the dreaded virus, I wish you mild symptoms and a speedy recovery.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min