Get flu shots for everyone in family:
Asthmatics are at a greater risk of suffering asthma attacks when they are around others with colds or the flu, or when they contract a cold or the flu. Other than school, the home is one of the most common places to catch a cold. Remember, 90% of colds are caught while inside, so it is also important to have an air cleaner inside.
Allow fresh air:
Allow fresh air to enter your home. Super-insulated homes have 200% higher allergen level than ordinary homes. This is due to the natural air-cleansing agents found in fresh air that are lacking in indoor air. However, it is not always possible to have your windows and doors open. Plus, if you live in a polluted area, this will do you no good. In which case, use an air purifier that recreates these natural air-cleansing agents.
Create a school asthma care management team :
Create a school asthma care management team for your child, if your child has asthma. Asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism. Plus, school is one of the harshest environments for children with asthma. Include teachers, counselors, etc. on this team. Meet with them and explain your child’s condition. Describe your child’s medications along with its side effects.
Provide them with phone numbers where you and other guardians can be reached:
You and other asthma care mgmt. team members should collaborate to help your child avoid environments with inadequate ventilation, animals, chemicals. Rigorous exercise may also want to be avoided.
- Use perfumes, candles, nail care products, and sprain medications moderately, if at all.
- Keep your basement dry and clean. Basements are prime breeding grounds for molds and fungi.
- Wash rugs and furniture often.
- Discard moldy and mildewed items.
- Do not use wood burning stoves or fireplaces.
- Replace or remove moldy and dusty wallpaper, buy solid wood furniture instead of plastic furniture, and wipe walls and hard floors with a damp cloth regularly.
- Install air conditioning in your home if you haven’t already, and keep windows closed during high pollen season. But do have windows that open since outdoor air can refresh the air in your home.
- One way to decrease your child’s odds of contracting asthma is to breastfeed he or she for at least the first 4 months. According to the American Lung Association, this will substantially reduce their risk of getting asthma.
- When outside in the cold air, keep a scarf wrapped around your mouth and nose. This will warm up the air you breath.
- Eat foods high in magnesium.
- Eat onions. They reduce inflammation.
- Drink lots of water.
Avoid using aerosols, floor polish/wax, insecticides, pesticides, and other chemical solutions. Use biologically-based housecleaners and pesticides.
Up to 80% of children with asthma are allergic to one or more of the following: pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander. Always be mindful of ways to minimize these allergens in your home and other environments. Effective ways to reduce these allergens include air cleaners, regular dusting/vacuuming/etc., and removing the source when possible.
Avoid odors and chemicals from photography, ceramic glazes, and oil painting.
If possible, replace carpet with vinyl, hardwood, or tile flooring.
Avoid mattresses and furniture made from foam rubber or polyurethane. Use 100% cotton mattresses.
Avoid air cleaners that rely on a filter to clean the air, such as a HEPA unit.
They cannot remove smaller pollutants such as allergens and cigarette smoke, and the filters need to be replaced often, and are expensive to do so. Instead, use an air purifier that uses nature’s most powerful air cleansing agents to clean the air (negative ions and ozone).
Some ion and ozone generators produce oxides of nitrogen as a byproduct of using glass plates, which can act as an irritant and leaves a pungent metallic odor. Make sure the air purifier you buy does not create oxides of nitrogen.
There are many air purifiers that produce only ozone, or only negative ions. Find an air purifier that produces both for maximum effectiveness in cleaning the air in your home.
And for the final tip, no pets. Pets will substantially add to the floating particulate level in your home. They contribute dander, hair, and contaminates emanating from their feces