Asthma is not something that you want your child to have to cope with, but when you have no other choice, the one thing you can do is make sure that you’re doing everything in your power to make breathing easier for them. Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado fully understands this desire, which is why we are going to talk about a few household fixes that can help soothe your child’s asthma.
Keep Humidity Low
While Colorado is an incredibly dry state, there are days where the moisture in the air can make for a humid day. Even though these days are few and far between, you want to make sure that you’re keeping the humidity in your home low for your little one. Things like hot showers aren’t necessarily something you need to worry about, but if your house does get pretty humid, you may want to look into a dehumidifier.
Avoid Pet Dander
Who doesn’t want to snuggle with furry friends at the end of a long day? While they mean no harm, their dander can affect a child with asthma’s ability to breathe. For that reason, we recommend that children with asthma stay away from pets dander as much as they can. If you’re looking to add a pet to the family, choosing one that is deemed hypoallergenic can make all the difference in your child’s quality of life.
Another small thing that can make a big difference is the amount of dust within your house. Dust is easy to accumulate and there’s not much that you can do to eliminate it in your home, but you do need to stay on top of it to ensure your child doesn’t wind up having an asthma attack. We suggest dusting on a weekly basis to make sure that dust doesn’t build up in your home.
Change Your Air Filter
The condition of the air filter in your HVAC system is going to contribute significantly to the quality of air inside your home. It is recommended that you change your air filter every six months. If you have pets that shed or a lot of people living in your house, you may want to do it every three months. Depending on the conditions within your home, changing your air filter more frequently might make enough of a difference for your child to breathe easier.
While we’re on the topic of air filters, you should also take some time to look into air filters that are designed to help individuals with allergies and asthma. You may even want to consider an air purifier.
Contact Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado
When you’re in need of high-quality care for the little one in your life, look no further than Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado. Our team has been dedicated to providing children in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas with the assistance, guidance, and medical attention that they need to live their best life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have.