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Ways to Lower Your Child’s Risk of Nighttime Asthma Symptoms

asthma symptomsSleep is incredibly important to a person’s overall quality of life. When sleep is disrupted due to allergy or asthma symptoms, daytime productivity is negatively affected. Fortunately, there are several ways to fight nighttime asthma symptoms and help your child get a great night sleep. Here’s how you can keep their symptoms under control:

Adjust the Air Conditioning

If your child’s room is too cold at night due to air conditioning, his airways may constrict because they are not able to stay warm enough. Additionally, mold thrives in cold, damp places. If your child’s room is too cold, there may be an increase in mold spores which can trigger an asthma attack. Keep his room at a comfortable temperature to avoid his airways from constricting and mold spores from forming.

Keep a Clean Bedroom

Your child may see this as just another chore, but this task can help him sleep better at night. Dust mites love to burrow in bedding and carpet. Unfortunately, these pests also contribute to allergy and asthma symptoms. Keep a clean carpet by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and vacuuming regularly. Additionally, wash his bedding in hot water weekly. The washing machine’s hot water and the dryer’s heat will kill the dust mites.

Avoid Sleeping with Pets

Your child’s best friend is his pet, but the pet dander that your pet sheds is likely contributing to his nighttime asthma symptoms. Keep your child’s bedroom door closed to avoid letting your pet roam in his room. Additionally, the pet should sleep in a room away from your child.

It’s important to have an Asthma Action Plan if asthma symptoms begin. The team at Langford Allergy can help you and your child have peace of mind concerning his asthma! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.