What triggers an asthma attack?
Fall and winter are the worst seasons for asthma. Learn how to avoid your child’s triggers.
Fall and winter can be very hard for children with asthma. It’s prime cold and flu season, and even a mild cold can lead to wheezing and tightness in the chest. As temperatures drop, allergens such as mold and fungi can cause attacks. How can your child get through this time of year without an asthma attack?
Know your child’s triggers
Each child is different, and knowing what triggers their asthma can help prevent attacks. While school and crowded places have germs that can make kids sick, allergens in the home can cause attacks too.
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Dust, pet dander, mold and pests such as cockroaches and rodents are just a few. Lighting scented candles to get in the holiday spirit also could be a trigger. Cleaning products with strong scents or fumes can be a problem as well.
Ways your child can stay attack-free during the peak season
- Take all medicines as prescribed by your pediatrician.
- Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
- Try to keep your child from rubbing their nose, eyes or mouth.
- Keep your child away from wet leaves and garden waste.
- Frequently wash bed sheets, sweep and vacuum your home.