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Asthma Week 5: How to Avoid Triggers
Do you know what triggers your child's asthma flare-ups? Maybe it's air pollution, allergies, or the weather. Some kids have flare-ups when they get the flu. Other kids need help avoiding flare-ups when they exercise.
Luckily, you can do some simple things to help your child.
To improve air quality inside your home:
- Don't allow cigarette smoking inside your home or car or anywhere your child goes.
- Don't have wood-burning fires.
- Remove carpeting, if possible.
- Vacuum and dust often.
- Put mattress covers on your child's bed.
- Get rid of pests (like mice or cockroaches).
- Use air conditioning.
- Keep pets away from your child's room.
To reduce exposure to outdoor triggers, have your child:
- avoid playing outside when pollen or mold counts are high
- bathe and change clothes after playing outside
- avoid activities like mowing the grass or raking leaves
You won't be able to get rid of all triggers. But by reducing your child’s exposure to them as best you can and following the asthma action plan, you can help your child cough and wheeze less and breathe better.
What Are Pollen and Mold Counts?
Pollen and mold counts measure how much pollen or mold is in the air. If counts are high, a child with a pollen or mold trigger might have worse asthma symptoms that day. Check your local weather report for these counts.
This publication was made possible by Grant Number 1C1CMS331017 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
- Asthma Action Plan
- Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma
- Dealing With Asthma Triggers
- Creating an Asthma-Safe Home
- Asthma Triggers (Video)
- Environmental Control Measures
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