Self-help: Reducing the Risk of Asthma Attacks in Children

Asthma attacks are often triggered by contact with allergy-producing substances, such as cat hair. By adopting simple measures, you can reduce the likelihood of your child having an attack.

  • Do not allow people to smoke in the house.

  • Do not keep furry animals or birds as pets.

  • Dust furniture using a damp cloth and vacuum carpets regularly, if possible when your child is out of the house.

  • Do not use fluffy, dust-collecting blankets and make sure pillows and duvets contain artificial fibres and not feathers.

  • Enclose mattresses completely in plastic covers.

  • If pollen is a problem, keep windows closed, especially while grass is releasing pollen, and use an air purifier.

  • Avoid products that have strong odours, such as air fresheners, mothballs, and perfume.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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