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Tips for Grown-ups

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Buster at the doctor's office for a check-up.
Know the asthma "triggers."

Asthma attacks can be caused by many things. Once you and your child know these "triggers," you can find ways to avoid them.

  • Avoid exposing children to secondhand smoke.
  • Vacuum often to get rid of dust and dust mites (tiny bugs that live in ordinary dust).
  • Wash sheets, blankets, and stuffed toys often to help keep dust mites away.
  • Keep pets off furniture and out of rooms where kids sleep.
  • Keep things clean and dry around the house to stop mold and mildew from growing.
  • Remove house plants, which may trigger asthma or contain mold.
  • Clean up crumbs and spilled food to keep insects, such as cockroaches, away.
  • Allergies (like hay fever) may set off asthma, so make sure kids take their anti-allergy meds.
  • Have your child avoid cleaning products, perfume, or other strong smells and pollution (like car fumes).
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