Asthma Week 4: How to Avoid Triggers
Do you know what causes or "triggers" your child's asthma flare-ups? Maybe it's air pollution, allergies, or the weather. And even though exercise can be good for kids with asthma, it can sometimes trigger a flare-up.
Avoiding triggers can help prevent flare-ups. Here are some ways to create an asthma-safe home:
- Close windows and run air conditioning in warm weather.
- Use mattress covers on your child's bed.
- Keep pets away from your child's room.
- Vacuum and dust often, and remove carpets.
- Don't allow cigarette smoking or wood-burning fires.
To reduce exposure to outdoor triggers:
- Avoid outdoor play when pollen counts or mold counts are high.
- Have kids bathe or shower and change clothes after being outside.
- Don't let your child mow the grass or rake leaves.
You can't get rid of all triggers. But you can do a lot to reduce your child's exposure to them. If you're not sure what causes your child's asthma flare-ups, ask your doctor.
See some common asthma triggers and how to deal with them.
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