Reducing Exposure to Asthma Triggers
Ben Francisco, PhD, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children's Hospital and assistant research professor at MU's School of Medicine, offers these pointers for reducing your child's exposure to some common asthma triggers.
- Wash stuffed toys and dry them completely to help control dust mites.
- Wash your child's bedding in hot water and dry completely once a week.
- Use dustproof covers on pillows and mattresses.
- Vacuum carpets and furniture every week.
- If possible, keep pets outside. If you have indoor pets, do not allow them in your child's bedroom.
- Keep pets off your furniture.
- Vacuum carpets and furniture when your child is not around.
Pests (Such as Cockroaches)
- Cover the trash to keep pests away.
- Clean dishes, crumbs and spills immediately.
- Store all of your food in airtight containers.
- Seal cracks or openings around or inside cabinets.
- Use roach baits or traps instead of sprays.
- Fix leaks as soon as possible to keep mold from growing.
- If you see mold on hard surfaces, remove it with soap and water and then let the area dry completely.
- Use exhaust fans or open a window in the bathroom and kitchen when showering, cooking or washing dishes.