2. Eliminate common asthma triggers – Look through your house for leading triggers like dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches and pollen and eliminate what you can. Also, if your child has asthma, they should not be exposed to second-hand smoke. Therefore, do not allow smoking in your home.1
3. Kill mold and mildew - Though it's probably not your favorite task, eliminating mold and mildew from your bathroom can help prevent asthma flare-ups. Be sure to wash all bathmats and towels on a regular basis to avoid particle build-up. Also, keep your bathroom well ventilated so that mold and mildew is reduced.2,3
4. Outsmart the dust mites - Dust mites are tiny bugs that feed on flakes of human skin and are found in mattresses, pillows, carpet, upholstered furniture and stuffed animals.4 Wash your sheets and stuffed animals in hot water (at least 130° F) and vacuum weekly to minimize dust mites. Look for products with a seal from the Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certification Program.5
5. Clear the air – Many people seal their windows and doors to manage their heating and cooling costs, and doing so can also help you manage your child's asthma by keeping outdoor allergens, like pollen, from entering your house. It's also a good idea to invest in a good central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to minimize air pollution and be sure to clean or change the filters every three to six months. Keeping HVAC air filters clean can help minimize many common indoor asthma triggers.6
6. Teach family, friends and teachers about your child's medicine – Keep an Asthma Action Plan and instructions explaining when and how medicines should be taken for anyone caring for your child when you are not around.