Integrated Family Community Services 3370 South Irving Street, Englewood, CO 80110-1816 Ph: 303-789-0501

Wheezing Toddler? Family Health Tips for Children with Asthma

Hearing your child wheeze and struggle to breathe is a fear of many parents. When your child is having a hard time breathing, you may be unsure of what you can do at home to help. These four tips will help to cope with your child’s asthma symptoms.

Remove Allergy Traps

If possible, remove the carpeting from your child’s room. The carpet traps allergens such as dust and dust mites, pet dander and mold spores. These particles are common triggers for asthma attacks. Consider limiting your child to just one or two stuffed animals. Wash those toys once per week in hot water and dry on a hot dryer cycle. This will kill any dust mites. Do the same with your child’s curtains and bedding. If your child’s room has hardwood flooring, use a wet mop to clean it.

Get Rid of Household Triggers

Consider getting your child allergy tested or observe for the things that trigger your child’s asthma. Common triggers such as dust can be reduced by using HEPA filters in your furnace, air conditioner and vacuum. If you can, get rid of all of the carpeting in your home and replace it with tile, laminate or hardwood materials. Avoid chemical air fresheners and perfumes if they trigger wheezing. Switch to a free and clear detergent for laundering clothes. Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home.

Talk to a Respiratory Therapist

Your child’s pediatrician may have an in-house respiratory therapist who can assist you with your child’s asthma. Even if there is not an in-house respiratory therapist, the doctor may be able to make a referral for you. Some companies, like Corner Home Medical know how helpful respiratory therapists can be for those with asthma. The respiratory therapist will check your child’s breathing, provide you with an asthma action plan, help you to monitor symptoms and ensure that your child’s condition is kept under control.

Monitor Air Quality

Most toddlers enjoy spending time outside playing and exploring. You can help to control your child’s wheezing and coughing from asthma by keeping tabs on the air quality. During the summer, your community may be impacted by an air quality alert. This means that there are high ozone levels. This can trigger asthma attacks. Also keep a watch on pollen levels and smog if these are triggers for your toddler.

These tips may reduce the frequency or severity of your child’s asthma attacks. Taking these actions can also help to reduce everyday wheezing Use the asthma action plan and any medications prescribed by the pediatrician.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

Find Us on Social Media

Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: Error validating access token: Session has expired on Saturday, 09-Feb-19 10:16:27 PST. The current time is Sunday, 17-Feb-19 00:37:41 PST.
Type: OAuthException
Code: 190
Subcode: 463
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.

IFCS On Twitter

We are just two weeks way from our Nibbles and Sips event. Have you bought your tickets yet?

https://t.co/IgHwnl0rd9

Please be advised we will be closed today due to weather and will re-open Friday, February 8 2019 during normal business hours.

https://t.co/VY3K0mdaH0

Please be advised IFCS will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

https://t.co/j6x4s2vBwx

Load More...

Key Sponsors

Our Affliations

 

 

IFCS

Sign Up for our eNewsletter

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust

USDA Non-Discrimination Policy

IFCS follows the USDA non-discrimination policy. Learn more by clicking here to read the statement. (PDF)