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Know your child's asthma triggers

A trigger is anything that can lead to an asthma attack. If your child can avoid triggers, he or she may reduce the chance of having an asthma attack.

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Control allergens

Your child may be allergic to certain substances (allergens). You may reduce your child's asthma symptoms by limiting exposure to those substances.

It also may be necessary to avoid exposure to other types of triggers that cause asthma symptoms.

  • Have your child avoid foods that may cause asthma symptoms. Some children have symptoms after eating processed potatoes, shrimp, or dried fruit. These foods and liquids contain sulfites, which may cause asthma symptoms.
  • If pain relief medicines such as ibuprofen seem to cause asthma symptoms or make them worse, use acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) for pain relief. (Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome.)

Control symptoms at night

Coughing and wheezing can wake your child. Special problems that might cause night symptoms include:

  • Delayed allergic reactions. Sometimes allergens that get in the airway can cause problems up to 8 hours later. Talk to your doctor about treating allergies that affect your child at night. The doctor may be able to change your child's medicine or the time your child takes it.
  • Medicine that wears off in early morning, causing your child to wake up. To make sure that the medicine lasts through the night, the doctor may be able to change your child's dosage or medicine or the time your child takes the medicine.

Treating a sinus infection, cold, or allergies can keep your child's symptoms from occurring at night.

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