The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy. Unless, you are a child with asthma facing one trigger after another because of the holiday season. Please, take these precautions if you are a parent of an asthmatic child.
Oh Christmas tree … A real tree can cause problems for a child with asthma because of the mold and pollen brought in to the house. But if you aren’t careful, an artificial one can also create issues. Make sure, when you take the tree out of the box, you clean it and even vacuum it. If not, the dust gathered can also be harmful.
Decorations of red … Speaking of things clamoring in a box for a year, make sure to also take the time to clean those ornaments and decorations before getting them out of the box for the holiday season. Take the dusty boxes outside before cleaning the decorations.
To grandmother’s house we go … If you are going to see the relatives, make sure you have a talk before they come over. They can’t smoke and they should keep the perfume to a minimum. Oh, and don’t be giving out scented candles for the white elephant exchange. Not good.
Baby, it’s cold outside … The cold air can cause many issues for asthmatic children, including respiratory issues. Make sure your kids wash their hands often (tell them to sing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” twice). Children with asthma need to take care of themselves as best as they possibly can to avoid viruses common to the season, ranging from the common cold to the flu to RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).
When warming up, be careful of fireplaces. The smoke that comes from them can be a trigger.
We wish you a Merry Christmas … Take a few precautions to protect your child and you all should have a great time. Happy holidays from everyone at Cook Children’s.
- Cook Children’s Asthma Page
- Living with asthma
- Cook Children’s Pulmonology
- Center for Children’s Health
- An asthma plan
- The Center for Children’s Health
- What’s an Asthma Action Plan?
- Handling an Asthma Flare-up
- Dealing With Asthma Triggers