Finding out that your child has asthma can be frightening, especially for parents who don’t have much encounters with people with asthma. A change in lifestyle will certainly be necessary, but there’s no need to feel scared. Asthma is manageable, and with the right action plan, asthma attacks can be kept at bay. Below are six practical steps to keep your child’s asthma under control.
Avoid mold growth
Mold spores can trigger an asthmatic attack in children affected with asthma. Prevent the growth of molds at home. Make sure that your air conditioner and furnace filters are regularly changed in order to keep them working effectively.
Dust is a common trigger for asthmatic attacks, so it is important that your home is kept as dust-free as possible. Knick-knacks or clutter can gather dust so clean your house regularly and avoid clutter as much as possible.
Pollen is important in plant fertilization, but to people with asthma, they can trigger an allergic reaction or asthmatic symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, difficulty in breathing, and chest tightness. Make sure that you invest in a good air filter that can remove pollen from indoor air. This will ensure that your home remains pollen-free, even during the hay fever season.
Reduce pet dander
While it’s not always necessary to get rid of pets once you find out your child has asthma, it is important to reduce pet dander at home. Pet dander has proteins that may either trigger an allergic reaction or aggravate symptoms. So make sure you clean after your pets and remove any dander that they leave behind.
Smoke causes irritation to the airways which can become narrow and swollen. This is the same thing that happens in a person’s airways during an asthma attack. So unless you or your family members want to cause asthma flare-ups on your child, keep your household smoking or cigarette free.
Certain illnesses like stress, allergies, colds and fatigue caused by strenuous activities may trigger asthma attacks. This can be attributed to how a person’s normal breathing pattern changes when down with illnesses like the flu or an upper respiratory tract infection. While illnesses can’t be prevented completely, encouraging your kids to be more active and eat healthy foods can boost their immunity.
Currently, there is no cure for asthma. However, asthma attacks can certainly be prevented by making sure that your child’s exposures to asthma triggers are kept to a minimum. For a more detailed guide on childhood asthma, you can check out this useful infographic from Filter Buy.
Contributed by T. Bernal