Dealing With Triggers: Cockroaches
Cockroaches are a common trigger for many kids.
How Do Cockroaches Trigger Symptoms?
Cockroaches have a protein in their shed body parts, saliva (spit), and droppings (poop) that can set off a person's asthma or allergy symptoms.
How Can I Help My Child Deal With Them?
- Have your home professionally exterminated every few months. Between these treatments, use bait traps to catch roaches (not aerosol sprays, which can make some kids' symptoms worse).
- Avoid saving boxes, paper bags, or newspapers in piles around your home.
- Don't leave open food containers or dirty dishes lying around your kitchen.
- Keep counters free of crumbs or spills.
- Keep garbage containers closed.
- Wash recyclables before putting them in the bin.
- Seal any cracks in walls and floors.
- Remove all food and water sources that can attract cockroaches.
- Frequent cleaning of floors (vacuum, mopping, etc.) and countertops will reduce allergen exposure.
Reviewed by: Stephen F. Dinetz, MD
Date reviewed: November 2017