Although asthma is considered to be a genetic disease, there are a lot of things that can cause this chronic condition. From air pollution and allergies to physical inactivity and secondhand smoke, even the wrong food – a number of risk factors can cause children to develop asthma. However, healthier lifestyle choices and elimination of triggers can help an asthmatic child manage this condition more effectively. The following is the list of changes parents and step-parents should implement if their child is dealing with asthma.

Start off by quitting smoking

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Cigarette smoke is a prime asthma cause. Unlike other factors, this is something that people have control over. If a child has been diagnosed with asthma, it’d be best for parents and step-parents to stop smoking as quickly as possible in order to limit their child’s contact with secondhand smoke. When eating out, skip smokey restaurants and instead go to those places that don’t allow smoking in order to eliminate any asthma triggers. You as a parent should also prohibit others from smoking in your house and car to reduce your child’s exposure to secondhand smoke.

Implement healthy eating habits

Many convenience foods we consume on a daily basis are packed with preservatives, additives, and saturated fats, which contribute to asthma while also lessening the effect of asthma medicines. Therefore, it’s important for stepfathers and single parents to limit the amount of convenience food they purchase for their kids and incorporate more natural foods into your child’s diet such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, and whole grains. Aside from making dietary changes, adults should also consider cooking at home more often and avoid eating out as much.

Find a doctor who will monitor your child’s condition

One of the most important steps you can take when it comes to treating your child’s asthma is to find a doctor who will closely monitor their condition. A stepfather should also make sure that they have all the necessary information on their child’s condition. Asthma requires consistent visits to the doctor, as well as constantly replenishing medications and inhalers. Therefore, the costs can start to add up pretty quickly, which is why you should compare a wide range of private health insurance policies online. This is is a wise choice for parents or step-parents of asthmatic children. By managing these expenses efficiently, you’ll reduce these costs and help your child focus on getting better

Implement exercise into their weekly routine

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Another way you can keep your child’s condition under control is by helping them adopt a healthier lifestyle and implementing exercise into their weekly routine. Breathing issues are easier to control when the lungs are in good condition, and exercise is a great way to improve the fitness of the lungs and physical condition in general. It’d be best if stepfathers and parents would consult with their child’s doctor and see which exercises would be safe and suitable for their asthmatic child. However, have them take their exercises indoors when there’s a high concentration of ozone or pollen in the air since these are common asthma triggers.

Do your best to keep dust mites under control

There are a lot of allergens lurking inside our homes that could potentially cause allergic reactions in asthmatic children. Dust mites can be quite harmful to human health, which is why parents and step-parents should take necessary measures to allergy-proof their homes. Because dust mites thrive in areas abundant in human dander such as carpets, bedding, pillows, and mattresses, make sure you vacuum them using HEPA filters. As for the textiles, wash them weekly at high temperatures to kill off mites. Dust mites also favor high levels of moisture, so consider using a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels at no more than 50% (45% would be ideal).

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It’s important to understand that, even though there is no cure for asthma, it’s still a manageable condition that requires some education as well as making a couple of changes in order to be dealt with properly. By understanding what the possible asthma triggers are, stepfathers and single parents will be able to reduce their child’s exposure to said triggers and manage their condition more effectively.

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