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9:04 AM

I grew up with a sister who's asthmatic. I witnessed how she would gasp for air and cough her lungs out like there's no tomorrow. Being the mischievous sibling that I was (teehee!), I still found the humor to mimick her.

Well, all that changed when I witnessed my own boy having his own asthma attack. Rap was barely a year old then and we have just transferred homes from Makati to Sta. Rosa, Laguna. It puzzled me that he got asthmatic when one of the reasons why we moved was to give him a place with cleaner air. Along with a nebulizer and vials of anti-asthma meds, we were also adviced to change his pillows and bedding with one that's made of fiberfill.

Fiberfill is made of synthetic fiber and it is used as fillings of throw pillows, cushions, and comforters. Compared to cotton or feathers, fiberfill is hypoallergenic and is resistant to dust mites, bacteria, and other allergens. Most baby pillows I see in the stores here in the Philippines are made of fiberfill. When Rap turned older, we replaced his baby pillow with the one I bought from a Dakki reseller. It's an Elmo pillow that's vaccum-packed and he's still using it up to now. Uh-oh, he'll hate me for spilling this out!

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3 comments

  1. My family actually had the same problem when we moved to Davao.  Moving to a rural area does not mean the air is allergen free.  Sometimes the culprit is backyard burning which is common in the rural areas.  That thin fine smoke can trigger a very bad asthma attack.  Freshly cut grass and pollen can also be a major asthma trigger.

    As for pillows, even the fiber fill ones, they need to be exposed to the sun every once in a while to rid of dust mites and mildew.  Remember, dust mites thrive on dead skin, so it can be practically anywhere, even on fiberfill pillows.

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  2. I also live in Sta. Rosa and even tho we're supposed to have cleaner air and all that (we're after all, still several kilometers away from Makati), my three children still have asthma attacks. My eldest, at 15, has somehow outgrown it, and my youngest, at 4, don't have frequent attacks. It's my middle child, a boy, 5yo, who always has severe attacks that require hospitalizations. We've had three nebulizers , and use hypoallergenic pillows at home. Very recently, we changed his mattress into one that is hypoallergenic (and much more expensive). But the one thing that has made his attacks almost non-existent for the past 3 months (before this we didn't have a week that we wouldn't nebulize and consult our asthma specialist), was swimming. Last summer, we enrolled him in the Milo swimming clinic. We found out that this improved his immune system, maybe improved his breathing, as well. When school started, we decided to have his swimming lessons continue, this time, with his dad, my husband, teaching him. So far, we have had only one episode of nebulization, and for only two days at that. :) 

    btw, where exactly in sta, rosa do you live? 

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  3. genevierefreedmanJuly 19, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    I used to get fiberfill for free from my future in-law's truck. I would replace the old kapok filling from my 30-year old pillow and replace it. When Ondoy struck, the fiberfill pillows I refilled were the ones that can be easily cleaned and dried. Sayang nga lang I did not do this to my other pillows. 

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