Yes. Weather conditions can bring on asthma
symptoms. Some kids' asthma symptoms get worse at certain times of the year. For others,
a severe storm or sudden weather change can trigger a flare-up.
Cold, dry air is a common asthma trigger
and can cause bad flare-ups. That's especially true for people who play winter sports
and have exercise-induced
Hot, humid air also can be a problem. In some places, heat and sunlight combine
with pollutants to create ground-level ozone. This kind of ozone
can be a strong asthma trigger.
Wet weather and windy weather can cause problems
too. Wet weather encourages mold growth, and wind can blow mold and pollen through
If you think weather plays a role in your child's asthma, keep a diary
of asthma symptoms and possible triggers and discuss them with your doctor. If pollen,
mold, or other allergens
make asthma symptoms worse, ask about allergy
How Can We Avoid Weather Triggers?
Once you know what kind of weather triggers asthma symptoms, try these tips to
protect your child:
Watch the forecast for pollen and mold counts plus other conditions (extreme cold
or heat) that might affect your child's asthma.
Limit your child's outdoor activities on peak trigger days.
Make sure your child wears a scarf over the mouth and nose when outside in very
Keep windows closed at night to keep pollen and molds out. If it's hot, use air
conditioning, which cleans, cools, and dries the air.
Keep your child indoors early in the morning (before 10 a.m.) when pollen is at
Your child shouldn't mow the lawn or rake leaves, and should be kept away from
freshly cut grass and leaf piles.
Dry clothes in the dryer (hanging clothes or sheets to dry can allow mold or pollen
to collect on them).
Make sure your child always has quick-relief
medicine (also called rescue or fast-acting medicine) on hand.
Your child's written asthma
action plan should list weather triggers and ways to manage them, including any
seasonal changes in medicine.