What are the triggers of asthma in children?
Triggers are things that bring on the symptoms of asthma. They don’t cause asthma, but if your child already has it, they can make the symptoms worse.
Here are some common asthma triggers:
If your child is allergic to something, their allergy could trigger asthma symptoms. Common things that cause an allergic reaction are certain foods, pollen, mould, house dust mites and pets.
Colds and flu
Infections of the airways are common triggers.
Regular exercise is important for good health – encourage your child to be active. Some children may find that physical activity makes their asthma worse, particularly in cold weather. If that happens, they should have a rest, take their reliever inhaler and wait until they feel better before starting again.
If your child keeps getting asthma symptoms when they exercise, their asthma control may not be effective. Getting their treatment reviewed may help.
Stress and strong emotions
Symptoms can get worse at times of stress or strong emotions. Children and teenagers experience stronger emotions than adults, and these may act as an asthma trigger. This is less likely to happen if your child’s asthma is well-controlled.