I have recently been given the opportunity to test a product that is aimed at children who have asthma. The reason I put my hand up for this project was because a lot of people who have cystic fibrosis also do inhaler treatments.
Asthma Peeps is an Australian business who creates nifty little stickers suitable for spacers to make treatment more fun for children. Imagine, a child who is excited and happy to have their inhalers because their spacers are customised to their budding personalities. No fighting. No excuses. Job done.
In our little sample pack, we were sent some pirate stickers, which was absolutely perfect as my CF son, Cameron, is obsessed with pirates at the moment. Every second day, he is dressed up as one, and I can never keep up with if he wants to be called by his given name, or “Mr. Smee” (which for those who dont know, is Captain Hook’s minion.)
Cameron was excited to help choose and place his stickers. Under each picture is a little space for you to be able to label their names.(A nice touch in my opinion.) We hit one snag with our testing phase though. Cameron doesn’t undertake any inhaler treatments for his CF! I still gave him the spacer to breathe through, which I didn’t mind as it encourages him to do deep breathing, which is also vital for CF physiotherapy.
So while I was standing there with another two sheets of stickers, I starting looking around for what else I could personalize. Then a brain wave came. Why stop at spacers? Cameron also uses other asthma tools for his physiotherapy. He has that little thing with the three coloured balls, that lift when you breathe in, and the idea is to get as many balls to the top as possible. (I’m sure there is an actual name for the device, but I have no idea what it is! We just call it the “Coloured ball thingy”)
Cameron also has a PEP mask. It has resistance when he breathes out. The better he gets at it, the more we increased the resistance. Stickers now decorate that too.
He giggles as he uses the mask, and the stickers we put on the “coloured ball thingy” are a good way for him to indicate how many faces he can achieve.
The stickers are fairly durable when you wash them – hand washing that is,not sure how they would hold up in a dishwasher (can these devices even go in a dishwasher???) This is great because there is no point on wasting your money on something that falls off in the slightest bit of water.
They don’t stick too well on silicone, as we did try them on another mask, but they fell off pretty quick!
Each pack of stickers retails for $9.75. There are other asthma related product available on the Asthma Peeps online store
Visit http://www.asthmapeeps.com/ today and check out all the different designs!