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Can you prevent your kids from developing asthma?

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As a parent, you want your children to live with the very best health. But is there anything that you can actually do to ensure that your children don't become asthmatic? This is difficult to say because asthma can be caused by a number of environmental and genetic factors. If your child has a genetic predisposition to asthma, you may not be able to prevent them from developing the condition. But this doesn't mean that you should create a home environment in which asthma can thrive either. If you can't entirely prevent your child from being asthmatic, understanding asthma and its environmental triggers can help to keep the severity of asthma at bay.

What is asthma? Official statistics show that around 1 in 9-10 children Australia suffer from asthma, and that the prevalence of asthma in the country is high by world standards. Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects the airways. They become inflamed, and this causes shortness of breath, tension in the chest, wheezing, and difficulty breathing, particularly in the early morning and late at night. For kids, asthma can be particularly troublesome because it can prevent them from running around and engaging in physical games because they get too short of breath.

Create an optimal level of humidity in your home. Both high and low humidity levels are bad news for asthma sufferers. It has been found that in atmospheres with more than 50% humidity, there is a greater likelihood of there being dust mites, which can trigger asthma attacks. For this reason it is a great idea to install an air conditioning unit in your home that can be used in the summer months. In the winter months, a dehumidifier might be more appropriate to keep the humidity levels under control in your home while preventing your home from being too cool to be comfortable.

Another benefit of air conditioning is that you can keep windows and doors closed in the summertime, leaving pollen and mould spores outside, which can also be irritants for asthmatics.

Quit smoking in the home. Something that is entirely out of the control of your children is their exposure to smoke in the home, and so it is your responsibility as a parent to take that trigger away. The fact is that although there is no sure-fire way of preventing asthma symptoms in your child, children exposed to cigarette smoke are likely to experience asthma attacks more regularly and they will experience more severe asthma attacks as well. If you are a smoker, it is advised that you only smoke in your garden, on a balcony or outside the home. Smoking while pregnant can also encourage asthma symptoms in an unborn child so it is also advisable to quit smoking entirely during your nine months of pregnancy.

Manage the dirt in your home. The cleaner that you can keep your home, the less attractive it will be for dust mites and other nasty allergens. Managing the dirt in your home actually extends beyond cleaning and it can have a lot to do with your choice for furnishings. If you are a fan of carpets and soft furnishings, you will have a harder time getting rid of dust mites as these places are where they like to live. Instead, you should think about switching to hardwood floors as they are easier to clean comprehensively.

If you would still rather have carpet in your living room, at least install hardwood flooring in your child's bedroom. You should also vacuum at least twice a week, and if you have hard floors, mop after you vacuum because this will pick up the dust that your vacuum might have left behind.


13 January 2015