Saturday, April 11, 2009

FREE Kids' Storybook: Breathless Bethany Buttercup

Both of my daughters suffer from Asthma. My 7 year old has it worse then my 11 year old. However, they both are on a daily puffer (Asmanex), Singulair + the emergency inhaler. We have been doing similar treatments now with both girls for almost 4 years now.

Did you know that nearly one out of every 10 children in the US has asthma? This makes it the most common chronic condition among school-age children. Asthma accounts for almost 13 million missed school days each year, and it is also the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among kids ages 15 and under.

But it can be hard for kids to understand the importance of sticking to their doctor’s prescribed treatment plan.

Schering-Plough has partnered with the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) to develop Breathless Bethany Buttercup, a cute and colorful children’s storybook that uses a little girl’s story about her experience with asthma to provide information about asthma management. It’s designed to help parents talk with their kids about the importance of properly managing the condition.

You can order the book FREE at

Through the Zeno Group on behalf of Schering-Plough, I was sent a PDF version of Breathless Bethany Buttercup.

This book is wonderful. Bethany has asthma, the book simply goes over some of her feelings for needing her inhaler when her friends do not. Then Bethany goes to the doctor to get a new daily inhaler (like my girls!), starts an Asthma action plan and starts to finally feel better.

It is a great way to show your kids with asthma they are not alone, and to help them understand the process. I wish this book was around a few years ago for my girls. Cami did enjoy the story though and was very excited to read about a girl similar in age with the same condition. The pictures are bright and colorful and fun to look at as well.

Hurry and order your free copy of this great book if you have a child with Asthma!

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