Prevention and triggers

There are a number of things you can do to help prevent asthma attacks. Triggers can be different for each child and it is important to identify what triggers their asthma.


Around the home

House dust mites, pets, mould and pollen can be a trigger for people with asthma. Pollen comes from trees, grasses and weeds and is spread by the wind and insects.

Smoking

Smoking increases the severity and frequency of symptoms. Parents should not smoke indoors and children should not take up smoking. Even if smoking outside the home, cigarette particles on clothes can trigger asthma. Get help to quit, call Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044 (free call).

Exercise

Exercise can trigger shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing or chest tightness in some people but lack of exercise will lead to weight gain which can make symptoms worse. Your child should be able to keep up with their peers if their asthma is properly managed.

Viral infections

Cold, flu or other respiratory infections can make asthma worse. Getting vaccinated for the flu each year can help. There’s now a nasal spray or injection that children as young as four can access. It is usually available at school for children in years 1 and 2, from doctors’ surgeries and local pharmacies.

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