Asthma in Children - Living With Asthma
Know your child's asthma triggers
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.
- Asthma: Identifying Your Triggers
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
- 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
Control symptoms at night
Coughing and wheezing
can wake your child. Special problems that might cause night
- 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