An important issue, yet often forgotten in asthma pediatric treatment, is preparing a house for our young asthmatic. Unless the asthma is stress or exercise-induced, proper cleaning actions may greatly reduce the severity of asthma and improve the overall comfort of living for a child with asthma. Some say that preparing the house is the most important part of pediatric asthma treatment – even more so than actually administering pediatric asthma medications.
How do we create an “asthmatic-friendly” house? That’s simple: we need to eliminate the pediatric asthma triggers from the air – ie. reduce the amount of allergens that induce asthma in our children.
As this is a very individual matter, the most difficult part of asthma pediatric treatment is identifying the triggers and learning how to avoid them.
Some steps, however, work 100% of the time and these are:
1. Make your house a “smoke free” zone
Cigarette smoke greatly increases the sensitivivity of airways and lungs even in non-smokers. You can greatly improve your the pediatric asthma condition of your child by simply quitting smoking. If you simply must smoke, taking your cigarettes outside is a good thing. Quitting smoking is better – otherwise your child will still suffer from the smoke you bring in your hair and clothes.
2. Install an air filter
Install an air filtration system with a HEPA filter to clean the air of the most common allergens such as pollen, animal dander, etc. Since most of the time pediatric asthma attacks are allergy-induced, this will surely bring relief to your child, regardless of which allergen actually triggers a pediatric asthma attack.
3. Keep a pediatric asthma home very clean
Clean your house at least twice a week to get rid of those allergens not filtered by the filtration system. Also, consider giving your pets away to the family or friends if the pediatric asthma of your child is animal dander-induced. It might hurt to do this, but your child’s heatlh is more important.