Due to the rapidly growing pollution levels, asthma is becoming increasingly common among young children. Asthma is an inflammatory (and chronic) disease of the airways in the lungs. These airways become irritated and swollen, resulting in difficulty in breathing.
With the right action plan, medication and taking measures to avoid triggers, asthma can be managed among kids but as they say - prevention is better than cure. Here are a few tips that will reduce the likeliness of your child developing asthma.
1. Limit exposure to dust
Make sure that the area that she spends most of her time in, is clean. Clean her toys, shelves and other things that she might not use often. Use blinds instead of heavy drapes. Bedding must be changed every week and wash it in hot water to get rid of all the germs properly.
2. Keep a check on air pollution
While taking your child out to play, choose a park or a play area that is as far away from the main roads as possible. If the air quality in your surroundings is very poor, you can consider using an air filtering mask on days that your child might have to spend a lot of time outdoors.
3. Keep smoke as far away as possible
You probably already know the harmful effects of passive smoking. Cigarette smoke irritates the lungs although it is not technically an allergen. If your husband or anyone else in your house smokes, keep your child away from them while they smoke.
4. Pet Allergies
Kids can be allergic to pets like dogs and cats. It might be difficult to diagnose because you won’t think ever consider your pet as an allergen. Look out for signs such as coughing or sneezing when your pet is near your child. If you find something fishy then consult with your doctor. In case your child does have a pet allergy, try keeping your pets outdoors and away from the child if possible.
5. Curb mold in the household
Mold generally develops because of the humidity levels in the house. Make sure to not leave any area damp for long periods of time. Open the windows while cooking and also keep an exhaust fan in the bathrooms. Air conditioners or humidifiers are also known to keep the humidity at an optimum level.
Even if you do all of these things, there’s still a chance that your child might develop asthma if it’s genetic. All you can do is delay the onset of asthma by taking these precautions.