What can I do to help my child prevent asthma attacks?

Avoiding environmental triggers and daily treatment with medications known to control inflammation in the airways can prevent asthma attacks.

You should take your child to the doctor if you suspect that he or she has asthma. You and your doctor should create an asthma plan to help control your child’s asthma symptoms. Other recommended actions to help avoid asthma attacks are:
  • Don’t smoke. This is probably the single most important thing you can to do improve the quality of indoor air. The entire home should be smoke-free and secondhand smoke in public areas should be avoided whenever possible.
  • Parents of children with asthma should listen to the daily air pollution reports released in urban areas. Georgia citizens can access this information at www.cleanaircampaign.com/home.asp.
  • Children should avoid heavy exercise outdoors when the ozone levels exceed recommended levels. This tends to occur during late morning to late afternoon hours on hot, sunny days.
  • Gas heating systems, open-air fireplaces, and wood-burning stoves should be well ventilated outdoors to minimize exposure to indoor sources of combustion.
  • Simply placing the child’s pillow and mattress with a plastic cover as well as washing the bedding at least every two weeks in hot water can significantly reduce dust mite exposure.
  • Old buildings infested with cockroaches should be avoided when possible.
  • Areas with visible mold growth should be carefully cleaned with a fungicide and exposed to sunlight when possible.
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