Baby Your Baby: Asthma & Allergies

Baby Your Baby - Asthma & Allergies
May is National Asthma and Allergy awareness month. What better time to remind families the best strategies to keep asthma and allergies in good control?

7 million kids have asthma and the prevalence continues to rise. We are talking about more than just wheezing. Asthma is a chronic condition and though there is no cure most people can keep it well-managed. Symptoms include: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

Tips to stay healthy:

  • Take your asthma medication DAILY even when you feel fine

  • Do not assume you will outgrow your childhood asthma

  • Do take asthma seriously, worsening symptoms can be subtle

  • Avoid exposure to first and second-hand smoke both in your home and car

  • Before exercising take your prescribed medications

  • Know your triggers: allergies, infection in the lungs, air pollution, cigarette smoke, pets, exercise, cockroaches, mold, and stress

  • Reduce asthma triggers: wash pets weekly, keep pets out of bedroom, do not allow smoking in your car or home, clean damp areas like bathrooms often, and remove things that collect dust from the bedroom

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Utah Department of Health

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America