Help your child follow their asthma management plan and take their controller medications as prescribed. Know when to step up care and when to call your pediatrician or asthma care provider. In addition, there are other steps you can take:
Go smoke-free. People with asthma should avoid asthma triggers such as tobacco smoke. If a parent or caregiver smokes or vapes, it is important to do it outside. Smoking in another room does not prevent the smoke from traveling. The 1-800-QUITNOW is a free nationwide number that helps people stop smoking. Many states provide free supplies such as nicotine replacement patches. Now is a great time to try quitting!
Avoid allergy triggers. Try to reduce exposure to known allergy triggers, which can also aggravate asthma. For example, if a child with asthma is allergic to tree pollen, you might want to keep windows closed to reduce exposure. Cleaning is important to help reduce allergens, along with COVID-19 germs, but can be tricky for parents of children with asthma. If your child is sensitive to certain cleaning products, using them when your child is not in the room, turn on a fan, open a window, or try switching to less irritating products.
Reduce stress. Stress can be another trigger for asthma, and these are certainly stressful times. Take time to relax as a family, and use positive parenting tips to help your child cope and build resilience. Taking a walk outside (still staying physically distanced) and keeping active can help to reduce stress.