Kids’ asthma can be managed. To stay their healthiest, kids should avoid triggers that can cause an asthma attack. People with asthma can have different triggers, but some of the most common are:

  • Dust, especially on surfaces and in stuffed toys and security blankets.
    • Wipe surfaces regularly with a damp rag.
    • Wash stuffed animals, blankets, and sheets once a week.
  • Carpets
    • When possible, choose wood or bare floors with small area rugs.
  • Cockroaches
  • Cold air
  • Food allergies
    • You can post a list of the child’s allergies alongside their photo in a school or daycare setting.
  • Mold and mildew
    • Keep bathrooms clear of mold and mildew, and wipe down windowsills.
  • Pet dander, feathers, fur, and hair
    • Choose fish or reptiles, or avoid pets.
  • Physical activity, especially running
  • Pollen from grass, flowers, trees, and weeds
  • Smoke or odors from burning wood, cigarettes, coal, or diesel or gas exhaust
  • Strong fumes from materials such as cleaning products, paints, perfumes, or pesticides
  • Viral respiratory infections

Talk with kids and anyone who cares for them about which triggers to stay away from. You might want to print this page or make a separate list of kids’ main triggers. Post the list where everyone can see it.