9. Avoid Secondhand Smoke
When suffering from breathing problems, especially asthma, it is important to keep your child away from cigarette smoke. Tobacco smoke is a well-known asthma trigger that you must avoid to prevent attacks.
Do not smoke, and do not allow anyone else to smoke around your child. Avoid taking your child to public places that permit smoking.
In fact, it’s not just tobacco smoke. Any kind of smoke can irritate the lungs and make it difficult to breathe smoothly. Minimize your child’s exposure to other sources of smoke like incense, candles, fires and fireworks.
10. Keep Pets Away
Even though your child may love to play with pets, it is important to keep them away from your child when he or she is sick. Children with asthma especially may have more trouble breathing around pets.
Pet dander, fur, feathers and saliva are common asthma triggers and can worsen breathing problems.
- Keep your pet out of your child’s bedroom completely.
- Do not allow your pet on furniture anywhere in the house.
- Do not allow your child to play with dogs, cats or other animals.
- Regularly bathe or groom your pet to reduce the amount of dander in your child’s surroundings.
- Do not awaken your child during naps or at night to take fluids.
- Lay your child face down and tap his or her back with a cupped hand. This will help dislodge and expel thick mucus from your baby’s body.
- If you think your child may have asthma, see your doctor for a diagnosis. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or an inhaler to use when your child is having trouble breathing.
- Babies younger than 6 months should be given breast milk to boost their immunity.
- Remove mucus from your baby’s nose using saline nasal rinse and a suction bulb.
- A lukewarm bath will help relax a fussy baby.
- Make your baby sleep upright to relieve congestion to a great extent. You can raise one end of your baby’s bed by placing a brick underneath it or a high pillow under the mattress.
- Keep the room temperature comfortable for your child.
- Allow your child to get extra rest to fight an infection.