- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 13, 2000

Adult books

• "The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Allergies and Asthma: Breathing Easy and Bringing Up Healthy, Active Children," by Dr. Michael Welch, Villard Books, 2000. A pediatric allergist explains how to identify allergies and asthma, understand asthma triggers and treatment, and talk to your child about asthma.

• "The American Lung Association Family Guide to Asthma and Allergies," edited by the American Lung Association, Little, Brown & Co., 1998. This book points out common triggers and offers practical advice, such as teaching children to use medication.

• "Children With Asthma: A Manual for Parents," by Dr. Thomas F. Plaut, Pedipress, 1998. An allergist explains why children, parents and doctors must work together to manage asthma.

Children's books

• "The ABCs of Asthma: An Asthma Alphabet Book for Kids of All Ages," by Kim Gosselin, JayJo Books, 1998. This is an educational and encouraging book aimed at helping children understand asthma.

Associations

• The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 611 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53202. Phone: 800/822-2762. Web site: www.aaaai.org. This professional organization has fact sheets, research news and tips on managing asthma and its medications. It also makes referrals to allergists.

On line

• The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a nonprofit group that has research news, management tips and an interactive "Ask the Allergist" section on its Web site (www.aafa.org). Address: 1233 20th St. NW, Suite 402, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 800/727-8462.

• The Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics is a nonprofit group that has information for parents and children coping with asthma. Web site: www.aanma.org. Address: 2751 Prosperity Ave., Suite 150, Fairfax, Va. 22031. Phones: 800/878-4403.

• The American Lung Association has information on living with asthma, plus statistics and research news. Web site: www.lungusa.org. Address: 1740 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10019. Phone: 212/315-8700. E-mail: info@lungusa.org.

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