Ask Away...: Managing your Child’s Asthma: Tips to Reducing Asthma Triggers

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Managing your Child’s Asthma: Tips to Reducing Asthma Triggers

Children at times seem like magnets; it seems they can catch any cold or virus strain within 100 miles. What parent doesn’t wonder why they don’t have their own parking spot at the pediatrician’s office. They spend so much time in waiting rooms they should have their mail forwarded there.
As agonizing as these pesky illnesses are, at least they are short-lived. For the one in 10 kids who suffer with asthma, it’s a whole different ballgame. Asthma is a life-long problem that children and their parents must face. Simple tasks like inhaling and exhaling exercises can be overwhelming. Numerous lifestyle changes are necessary but they can be accomplished relatively easy.
These little ones may have chronic inflammation in their lungs, but that typically doesn’t lessen their desire to want to run to the playground, take gymnastics or play ball. Exercise is vital for good health in anyone, especially children. Experts believe that the most effective way to keep your child’s asthma in check is to follow a strict medication regiment – and not limit physical activity. Exercise in moderation strengthen the lungs. Keeping an eye on pollen is recommended. On those days, it may not be advisable to participate in prolonged outdoor activities. And when outside, children with asthma should breathe through their nose instead of their mouth.

The Air we all Breathe

Our atmosphere is packed with an infinite number of particles that don’t drastically impact the respiratory system for most children. But for others, it can quickly spark an asthma attack. While living in a pristine bubble isn’t an option, there are ways to help your child avoid certain environmental pollutants by eliminating these common triggers that are in your control.
 5 Allergens your Child may be Allergic to
1.     Dust Mites in the house
2.     Pet dander
3.     Mold
4.     Cockroaches
5.     Pollen
5 Irritants to Avoid
1.     Smoke from cigarettes or cook-outs
2.     Air pollution
3.     Cold or dry air
4.     Various odors, fragrances
5.     Aerosol sprays and cleaning products

While you want to make your child’s life as normal as possible, you will certainly want to maintain regular appointments with their pediatrician and allergist. If your child is currently taking prescribed medication for asthma, encourage him or her to always keep it at hand.
Ideas to Improve Air Quality in your Home
1.     Mattress Covers
One of the most important and effective ways to protect your child’s mattress and pillows is to cover them with allergy-proof zippered encasing. Also, wash the bedding every one or two weeks in hot water.
2.     Wash stuffed animals frequently
3.     Vacuum and dust often
4.     Prohibit anyone from smoking in your home
5.     If possible, do not allow pets to sleep in your child’s bedroom
6.     Avoid fragrant candles or scented cleaning products

By keeping a journal of your child’s breathing activity, you can relay this information to the proper healthcare provider. Monitor the dates and time when the child is wheezing, coughing and being awakened during sleep due to breathlessness. Also note how often the child needs rescue meds.

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