Health Round-up: May is Health Awareness Month

health round upMany of us are suffering with allergies at the moment and our house is no exception. Nasal drops, antihistamine and eye drops are constantly being administered and tissues passed as I am surrounded by a chorus of hay fever induced sniffles, sneezes and itchy eyes. Having asthmatics in the house, I also have to keep a close eye on them to make sure that their chests aren’t also affected by the dreaded increase in pollen.  World Asthma Day took place on the 6th May to raise awareness and care around the world and asthma has been in the news a lot this month.  Firstly, after a study into asthma deaths in the UK, the news was full of reports such as this one in the Telegraph about findings that many deaths could have been prevented with the right diagnosis and care.

Sadly asthma affects many of us in the UK with it being estimated that over 5 million people are undergoing treatment for asthma and a fifth of those are children.  It affects everyone differently but I know from my own experiences that it is something that does need to be taken very seriously. Pink Oddy reflects on her own asthma and her son’s and is in need of advice to help her get into better habits with using the inhalers.

Reading this post from A Journey of Footsteps reminded me of a night we were rushed to hospital in an ambulance with our then 18 month old daughter with breathing difficulties and a reminder as to why we should always take any breathing difficulties seriously, especially with our children and seek medical help or attention.

I was very interested to see asthma once again hitting the headlines with encouraging studies showing that early exposure to bacteria may help babies to develop immunity to prevent asthma in later life.  This research is still in the early stages but I am very keen to see how it develops.  If you want to know more about asthma Asthma UK is a great resource for information and if you have any concerns about asthma please seek medical advice.

“A TIA Transient ischaemic attack (also known as mini-stroke) can happen to ANYONE at ANYTIME.” is the advice from Wendy at and she has suffered from them, so she is talking from experience. Many people put TIA’s down to  a funny turn and don’t give it a lot of thought.  Wendy has written this post ‘A Mini-stroke or TIA is not just a funny turn‘ to help raise awareness as a TIA should not be ignored; it is a sign that someone could be at risk of having a stroke and needs urgent medical attention.  The Stoke Association also has more information here.

May is the month for raising awareness of  number of different other health issues too.  Vicki from the Free From Fairy specialises is free-from family-friendly recipes and has an amazing selection to choose from.  In her post Cook Along With Me & Coeliac Awareness Week, not only does she show us step by step how to make gluten, dairy and sugar free banana muffins, as part of Coeliac Awareness Week she also provides us with an insight into coeliac disease, including a list of possible symptoms. Over at Mummy Tries, food intolerances and gut problems have led to a new diet; the GAPS Diet, which will hopefully result in improved health and she will blog about her progress with the new regime as she goes along.  You can read about her GAPS journey here.

May is also Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month.  Before reading Cheetahs In My Shoes, I had never heard of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or EDS but it is an inherited connective tissue condition that can cause an increased range of the movement of joints, stretchy skin and fragile skin tissue and these can result in a wide range of health issues.  Jenny from Cheetahs In My Shoes has EDS and talks very honestly here about it and how she is slowly but surely raising awareness of EDS in her post Best Intentions.

Many of us mums will know the misery that morning sickness can bring in those early weeks of pregnancy but for some mums-to-be, it can be a lot more serious if they are suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  HG is excessive sickness and nausea that affects three per cent of mums to be and for some it can last for the whole pregnancy.  Ghostwriter Mummy is celebrating the news of her pregnancy in her post Return of the Bump,  but is keen to raise awareness of HG knowing only too well how miserable it can be.

I am going to finish this round-up with a beautiful and thought-provoking post from Fives A Fellowship where Stacey reflects on her grandmother’s life and gives us some very wise words in 20 Lessons That Will Change The Way You Approach Life.  See you again next month and don’t forget to tweet me (@stressymummy) if you have a health related post that you would like to share.

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About Nikki Thomas

Nikki Thomas really is the Stressy Mummy in her blog of the same name and she blogs about just about anything that comes into her head about life as a busy mum. Being a mum to four, wife and part-time teacher takes its toll. Healthy living is something that she always aspires to and having very sporty and active children inspires her to find ways to make sure that she can keep up with them and their antics.


  1. 23 May 2014 / 12:49

    Thanks so much for including me Nikki. I now have a dedicated GAPS blog live for anyone wishing to find out more: The new blog also includes over a hundred ‘free from’ recipes.

  2. 24 May 2014 / 11:12

    Thank you Nikki – it means a lot that you thought my post good enough to include. I’m quite touched by how many comments have been left. To know that we can touch people’s lives if only in a small way is heart warming 🙂

  3. 08 June 2014 / 17:08

    Thank you Nikki for including my post on TIA’s . I hope that it helped someone x

  4. 14 June 2014 / 09:14

    Thank you Nikki for including me in such a great post. Since writing it about my asthma it’s really made me look at my health and focus on me more.