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Keeping an Asthma-Safe Home 101

Living roomBefore you try to trigger-proof your home, just know that it’s impossible to completely eliminate all your child’s asthma triggers from your home, especially if they have more than one. However, taking some steps towards removing your child’s asthma triggers from your home can go a long way towards controlling your child’s asthma. Fewer asthma triggers around the home usually means fewer asthma symptoms and flare-ups, less need of asthma rescue medications and better breathing overall.

You should talk to your doctor about your child’s specific asthma triggers, but here are some good first steps towards trigger-proofing your home:

  • Put mattress covers on any bed you sleep in.
  • Get rid of carpeting.
  • Reduce dust.
  • Get rid of any pest infestations.
  • Don’t permit smoking anywhere in your home.

Keys to Good Air Quality

Keeping an asthma-safe home starts with good air quality in your house. Many aspects of your house can affect the air quality in your home from the cleaning products that you use to your carpeting to the system that heats your home.

Swapping out your home’s central heating may not be a realistic option, but here are some easy changes that can make your home a much more asthma-friendly environment:

  • Switch to unscented or non-aerosol versions of household cleaning products and avoid scented candles or room fresheners.
  • Turn on your air conditioning on days with high pollen or mold counts or ozone or pollution warnings.
  • If you do have to open your windows on days when the pollen count is high, do so after midmorning because pollen counts are usually highest from 5 AM to 10 AM. If air quality is the problem, open doors and windows early, before pollution has a chance to build up.
  • Change your air conditioning filter regularly.

Heating Systems. If you are shopping for a new home, consider buying one with baseboard or radiant heating. Forced-air systems can foster mold and dust mites which are common asthma triggers. If your home has a forced-air system, consider sealing off the vents in your bedroom with aluminum covers and tape. You’ll also want to have the other air ducts in the house cleaned and change the air filter in your furnace regularly.

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