Avoiding Asthma Triggers in the Home & Classroom

(January 10, 2013)

Asthma triggers are different for everyone. It’s important to learn what your child’s asthma triggers are in the home and classroom and learn to avoid them. Asthma triggers include:

Infections – colds, bronchitis, and sore throats
Avoid infections by:

  • getting flu shot
  • washing hands often

Allergies- pollens, dust mites, pets, molds, and pests
Avoid allergies by:

  • taking allergy medication
  • washing bedding in hot water once a week to kill dust mites or using mattress and pillow covers to avoid exposure to dust mites
  • keeping pets out of house and classroom, especially out of the child’s bedroom
  • preventing mold from growing by fixing water leaks and keeping humidity low
  • use traps to reduce mice and cockroaches – call an exterminator

Irritants- Cigarette smoke, wood smoke, candles, air pollution, cleaning products, sprays, perfumes and paints
Avoid irritants by:

  • Taking inhaler before exercising
  • Calming child down and using good breathing techniques

Behaviors – exercise and strong emotions (crying, laughing hard, shouting)
Avoid having a reaction to behaviors:

  • Taking inhaler before exercising
  • Calming child down and using good breathing techniques

For additional information on asthma and children, visit www.LungIL.org or call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNG-USA.

The Enhancing Asthma Care Project in Illinois is supported by Health Care Service Corporation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative and lead by the American Lung Association in Illinois. This joint initiative aims to work with 15 clinics that serve high-risk populations to improve pediatric asthma care to an estimated 30,000 children.