An important way to reduce the severity and frequency of your child’s asthma attacks is to avoid allergens and irritants that cause your child to wheeze. Many of these triggers exist in your home. Follow these guidelines to reduce your child’s exposure.
Get A Handle On Dust And Mold
Avoid Animal Dander
Avoid Indoor Pollutants
Beware Of Pollen And Outdoor Pollution
Watch Out For Certain Foods And Drugs
Some persons are sensitive to chemicals called sulfites, which are added to many foods and some medications as preservatives. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that restaurants and grocery stores warn consumers when products contain sulfites.
Foods that may contain sulfites:
Monosodiurn glutamate, or MSG, the flavor enhancer often found in Chinese food, also aggravates asthma in some children.If your child is aspirin-sensitive, aspirin, and other painkillers like it, will worsen your child’s asthma. Check the labels on over-the-counter drugs to see whether products you are considering buying contain aspirin.Other painkillers that aggravate asthma include ibuprofen, indomethacin, and naproxen.Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be taken without problems.
Consider These Other Precautions
Any illness, especially infections of the throat, sinuses, and lungs, can worsen asthma.If your child’s asthma is triggered by exercise, ask your pediatrician about using an albuterol or Intal metered dose inhaler with a spacer 15 to 30 minutes before activity to prevent wheezing.
Remember, these tips are just suggestions. You do not need to change your child’s lifestyle to an extreme degree to take care of his/her asthma.
Prepared by: Robert P. Nelson, Jr., M.D. and Richard F. Lockey, M.D., University of South Florida, Tampa
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