For many people, asthma is something that is nothing more than a distant memory. Usually, we grow out of the condition when we become adults. However, for children, being asthmatic is a real issue. Asthma attacks are a scary experience for a child, even when they see the asthma warning signs far in advance (because they know they can be fatal).
There is nothing you can do to actually speed up the rate at which your kid’s childhood asthma disappears (they may never get rid of asthma). But there a huge number of things you can do as a parent to reduce the amount of asthma attacks they experience during their childhood.
Today we are going to talk about 11 simple tips that you can do that will ensure your child has the absolute minimum amount of asthma attacks possible.
Let’s get started
1. Use Allergy Proof Bedding
One of the main causes of asthma attacks are allergens nearby to your child. One of the most common allergens in the home can be found in your child’s bedding. To give them a better night’s sleep – get allergy proof bedding. Be sure to tell them it’s special bedding because it’s going to give them a little extra peace of mind.
2. Control Your Pets
Pets are one of the biggest spreaders of allergens in the home. Cat and dog fur is extremely allergenic and can play havoc with your child’s asthma. We don’t expect you to go and banish your dog or cat to a life outdoors, but there are a few things you can do to limit their potential harm.
Mainly you need to make the kid’s bedroom (or perhaps the entire upstairs of your home) off limits to the pets. Keep them off furniture wherever possible as it can become an allergen magnet that is in close contact with your kids on a regular basis. It’s a great form of asthma prevention.
3. Remove Carpets
Carpets are another place that allergens that cause asthma attacks love to hide. Most carpets are going to be covered in stuff that could trigger an asthma attack and are often a significant contributing factor to attacks that happen in the home.
If possible, try and remove the carpet in your child’s bedroom to treat asthma naturally. It’s an extreme step, but if the attacks are frequent it’s going to make a big difference to their lives.
4. Fix The Taps
While it’s not so common these days, mold is still a thing in many homes in some form or another. Mould is an allergen that can contribute to the likelihood of an asthma attack.
If you have a leaky shower head or a leaky tap then your home will have more mold in it than normal (even if you can’t see it). Fix any little leaks ASAP, this is especially important for asthma in toddlers.
5. No Smoking
Smoking is one of the most harmful things you can do to your body. You should not be smoking around your children anyway due to the dangers of second-hand smoke.
But you should also not take them into environments that have been previously smoked in. The residue from cigarette smoke can cause asthma attacks.
6. Natural Cleaning
Some of the more potent household cleaners give off chemical fumes that can irritate the lungs of anyone – regardless of if they have asthma or not. But they are known to cause asthma attacks, so try and use natural (or less intensive) cleaning products wherever possible as an asthma treatment.
7. Chill Out
Stress is a large factor that contributes to the likelihood of an asthma attack and worsens the symptoms of an attack when it happens. Try and make your child as happy and relaxed as possible throughout their daily lives to make things a lot easier for them.
8. Air Quality
Humidity and air pollution are two things that we have to deal with throughout the year in Singapore. Unfortunately for asthmatic children humidity and pollution are two things that can cause asthma attacks. On particularly humid days, or on days with high levels of air pollution – keep your child indoors.
9. Exercise Indoors
Exercising is super important for asthma sufferers. But exercising outside on days that are even slightly humid can trigger an asthma attack. When your child exercises, try and provide opportunities for them to do it indoors wherever possible
Pollen in the atmosphere is something that triggers allergies in many people, not just those that suffer from asthma. But, like all allergens, it makes the chances of an asthma attack more likely. Get some additional non asthma medication (hay fever tablets) from your doctor during times with a high pollen count to ensure your child’s attack risk is minimized.
11. Remove Dust Mites
All the things we have listed above will minimize the risk your child has of experiencing an asthma attack. But if you are looking for the most effective asthma remedy, then this one is the best.
If you only do one thing on this list, do this:
Cleaning your mattress is the best way to minimize the risk your child has of experiencing an asthma attack.
Dust mites are horrible little creatures that live in your child’s mattress (and your mattress too). They are microscopic 8 legged little beasts that don’t really cause much harm unless you are allergic or asthmatic.
If you are asthmatic, however, these dust mites will make your life a nightmare.
They contribute to asthma attacks more than anything else in the home, and they need to be removed by force.
The only way you are going to be able to get dust mites out of your mattress is through a deep professional cleaning.
We care about our local community and want to do our bit to help children suffering from asthma live a happy and healthy life.
That is why we are offering free mattress cleaning sessions for parents with children who have asthma.
No hidden costs, and no unexpected surprises.
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