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Experts now know that breathing in someone else's secondhand smoke is hazardous to our health. Find out what you can do about it.
Is the “Cinnamon Challenge” Dangerous?
Find out what the experts have to say.
Creating an Asthma-Safe Home
If your child has asthma, you can create the best home environment possible by knowing about asthma triggers and eliminating or minimizing exposure to them.
Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma
Ground-level ozone and other air pollutants can trigger worsening symptoms and asthma flare-ups. But there are steps you can take to minimize your child's exposure.
Can the Weather Affect My Child’s Asthma?
While the effect of weather on asthma symptoms isn't fully understood, some kids' symptoms get worse at specific times of year or during a severe storm or sudden weather change.
Many kids with asthma have symptoms when they exercise. But with careful management, they usually can do anything their peers can do.
Dealing With Asthma Triggers
Triggers - substances, weather conditions, or activities - can lead to flare-ups in kids with asthma. By knowing and avoiding triggers, you'll help minimize your child's asthma symptoms.
Handling an Asthma Flare-Up
Because they can be life threatening, asthma flare-ups can and should be treated at their earliest stages. So it's important to recognize their early warning signs.
Smoking and Asthma
Being a smoker is an obvious risk for kids and teens with asthma, but just being around people who smoke - and breathing in secondhand smoke - can cause problems, too.
If My Child Has Asthma, Can We Keep Our Pet?
At least 30% of people with asthma are allergic to animals. So if your child has asthma, consider whether your pet could be producing allergens that trigger asthma symptoms.
Do Allergies Cause Asthma?
Although allergies and asthma are separate conditions, they are related. People who have allergies - particularly ones that affect the nose and eyes - are more likely to have asthma.
Environmental Control Measures
Families of kids with allergies should use environmental control measures that reduce exposure to the child's allergy triggers. Here's how to begin.