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a young father and childAsthma is a chronic lung condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the airways. For a person of any age, signs of asthma can be overwhelming. Allow us to offer several tips to prevent early onset asthma in babies and children:

Eliminate Dust Mites

Dust mites are a main asthmatic trigger, upsetting the airways in your lungs. Frustratingly, dust mites are microscopic pests that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Fortunately, there are ways you can eliminate their presence. Consider the following tips:

  • Keep your indoor humidity levels below 50%, as dust mites love humidity.
  • Opt for hardwood or LVP flooring instead of carpet, as dust mites prefer living in woven fabric.
  • Wash bedding in hot water weekly, as hot water kills dust mites.
  • Place allergen-proof covers on pillowcases and mattresses, as this will prevent dust mites from embedding into the fabric.

Quit Smoking Immediately

Tobacco smoke is linked to the development of asthma and wheezing. It is vital to quit smoking upon finding out you are pregnant because tobacco smoke can drastically affect baby’s health while in the womb.

Give Your Baby Breastmilk or Hypoallergenic Formula

In our last article, Best Practices to Prevent Food Allergies in Babies, we discussed how breastmilk or hypoallergenic formula strengthens the immune system and gives baby a healthy start to life. By strengthening the immune system early, it is ready to fight any infections that may occur in the lungs. In turn, it may decrease the risk of your child developing asthma.

Consider Animal Exposure

There has been no conclusive study showing whether exposure to animals in the beginning of a baby’s life can cause allergies. However, we know that pet dander – a protein found in an animal’s saliva or dead skin cells – can cause allergy symptoms to flare. If you notice your child experiencing any of the following symptoms, give us a call, as it may be an allergic reaction to pet dander:

  • Cough
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
  • Itchy, red, or watery eyes
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing

The Langford Allergy Team Can Help You Manage an Asthma Diagnosis

Although asthma is not yet curable, it can be managed effectively and your child can live a full, healthy life. If your child is showing signs of asthma, make an appointment with a Langford Allergy team member today: 478-787-4728