Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Childhood Asthma Prevention Causes

Clinical studies show that household dust mites allergens are the number one cause and the biggest culprit of childhood asthma. Other common allergens such as animal dander (dry dead flaking skin), mold, cockroaches, household chemicals, pollens and tobacco smoke are also main offenders.

Actually speaking, asthma is not caused by allergens, the more suitable terminology word ‘trigger’ is the factor that develop asthma.

So what causes asthma?

It is important to understand that these allergens especially dust mites are very dangerous especially for a developing child’s health which you do not want to take for granted. Also it is important to realize that Though every home will have dust mites or some other common allergens present, no matter how clean you try to keep your house, you will never completely eliminate them. 

However, how clean you keep your house will determine the amount or the populations. They thrive in humid environments, feed on dead skin and are living in all fibrous materials such as bedding which is a favorite place, sofas, upholstery, blankets, carpets and even clothing.

Removing Dust Mites

Microscopic View Of Dust Mite

Fortunately there are a number of things you can do to eliminate them: 

  1. Use a High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter or HEPA *to control airborne dust mites and other allergens
  2. Use a HEPA Vacuum to regularly clean carpets, bedding, upholstery and all other fibrous materials
  3. Wash all sheets and blankets in hot water, 60 deg C or 130 degrees F. Dry in hot dryer. This will kill dust mites
  4. Use mattress and pillow protectors made for controlling dust mites
  5. Adjust the humidity levels within you home to be no higher than 50%. Dust mites love and thrive in a humid climate

HEPA* stands for High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor, used to reduce the number of contaminants in indoor air. A HEPA filter will arrest or stop 99.97% of all particles .3 microns or larger.

The initial times are the most important and by following the above information such as to remove all known allergens from within your family home can help your child from not developing this potentially chronic condition that requires daily medication.

Childhood asthma is a chronic and life threatening condition which should be treated seriously. Remember not all children can simply grow out of their asthma. So if you take immediate action with proper care, there is a great chance to avoid your child from this disease.