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Tips To Reducing Your Child's Exposure To Common Asthma Triggers

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For many parents with children who suffer from asthma attacks, even a simple wheeze can be a big cause for worry. A little bit of dust, a puff of smoke or even a cold breeze can trigger an asthma attack in your child, causing you a big headache.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce the frequency of attacks without having to slow down your child's activities and seek further allergy treatment. Read on to learn a few changes you can make around the home to reduce your child's exposure to common asthma triggers and hopefully have them breathing easy.

Kill those roaches

Roaches in your home can easily trigger an asthma attack due to excrement and debris from their decomposing bodies that often get lifted into the air and inhaled, causing an allergic reaction.

To prevent a roach invasion, keep your home clean by taking out the trash frequently and mopping up food debris or pet dander on the carpet and removing pet food left sitting around. Additionally, you should call in exterminator to spray pesticides in your home and have your leaky pipes and other openings sealed to keep out roaches.  

Eliminate dust mites in the bedroom

Dust mites are a common allergen for urban children with asthma, and eliminating the dust in your child's bedroom can effectively reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks. Steps such as replacing old mattresses and pillows can help rid your child's bed of dust mites.

You can also make the bedroom safer by using a dust mite-proof mattress and pillow cover and regularly washing beddings with hot water. Additionally, make it a habit to wipe bedroom drawers, tables and other dust-collecting surfaces with a damp cloth and frequently replacing filters in the bedroom air vents to keep out dust and soot from the furnace.

You can also reduce exposure to dust mites by replacing stuffed/fabric animals in the bedroom with ones made from rubber or plastic and removing bedroom carpets and heavy draperies that soak up lots of dust.

Get rid of mold

Mold is a significant asthma trigger that can initiate a serious allergic reaction in children if inhaled. To rid your home of mold, try to eliminate damp spots in your home by fixing leaky pipes and opening windows to air the house, especially in damp rooms such as the laundry room, basement and bathroom. You should also remove household plants from bedroom areas, as they can attract spores that could trigger asthma attacks.

Following the above guidelines could help keep your child safe from a serious asthma attack that would necessitate a visit to the emergency room.