Asthma is one of the most common diseases in children, affecting more than six million Americans age 18 and younger. While there isn’t a known cure, there are many ways to reduce asthma triggers found in your home. May is National Asthma Awareness Month, and the health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, are pleased to share five ways to reduce asthma-related symptoms in kids.
1. Clean Carefully. Cut down on exposure to asthma triggers such as mold, pet dander, and dust by thoroughly cleaning your home. Carpets, rugs, and heavy drapes should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt which can become trapped in the dense fibers. Don’t let pets in your child’s bedroom or playroom to reduce exposure to pet fur and allergens they may track in from outside. Try using fragrance-free cleaners, because scented cleaning chemicals can leave behind strong odors that may trigger an attack.
2. Keep Moving. Be sure to incorporate active play into your child’s day. Regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can help improve lung function. If asthma symptoms occur during exercise, check with your primary care provider to see which activities are better suited for your child. Also, if you plan to exercise or play outdoors, be sure to check the air quality. The Air Quality Index tracks environmental pollutants including smog and mold, which can aggravate asthma symptoms and may trigger an attack.
3. Stop Smoking. Not only is tobacco smoke one of the main triggers for asthma symptoms, smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke are at high risk of developing asthma. Limit your child’s exposure to tobacco smoke, cigar smoke, and even wood smoke to reduce risk of asthma attacks. Wood smoke may seem harmless, but it includes particles and irritants that can induce asthma symptoms and attacks.
4. Be Well. Avoiding illness is another important way you can help your child fend off an asthma attack. Certain respiratory infections, colds, and the flu can cause asthma flare-ups or make asthma symptoms worse. Bacteria and viruses can spread through the air or on surfaces, like doorknobs, light switches, and toys. Remember to wash your hands and wipe down common areas to limit exposure. If you are sick, always cover your mouth by sneezing or coughing into the bend of your elbow.
5. Plan Ahead. If your child has asthma, talk to your primary care provider about putting together an Asthma Action Plan. This written document can help you reduce or prevent asthma attacks and flare-ups. Your child’s action plan should outline known triggers and allergens, daily and rescue medications, and detailed instructions as to how you would like your child to be treated should an asthma attack occur. And the plan isn’t just for you – share it with your child’s school and other caregivers so everyone is prepared.
About Envolve, Inc.®
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