Children & Asthma

Reduce asthma symptoms

Here are the facts:

Protect your child by learning more about environmental triggers that cause asthma symptoms and ways to avoid them.

Asthma Triggers

Some of the most common asthma triggers include:

Avoiding Asthma Triggers

Mold: fix leaks, use dehumidifiers, scrub shower walls and curtains monthly with bleach, remove plants from bedrooms, wash mold off all hard surfaces and dry thoroughly.

Pet Dander: keep pets out of bedrooms and off fabric covered furniture, place cloth filters over heat vents in bedrooms, bathe your pet regularly, wipe off wood, plastic, and metal furniture weekly.

Dust Mites: wash bedding weekly, choose washable toys and clean them regularly, change furnace filters, keep stuffed toys out of beds.

Cockroaches: use traps, store food in airtight containers, clean up spills/crumbs quickly, don’t leave food out in the open.

Secondhand smoke: ideally, quit smoking, don’t smoke in your home or car.

Fragranced Products: avoid using scented products like perfume, scented soaps and detergents, dryer sheets,
and air fresheners.

Get More Information:

Pediatric environmental Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction). The exact cause of asthma is not completely known. It is believed to be partially inherited, but it also involves many other environmental, infectious, and chemical factors.

For more information on childhood asthma, visit The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

Contact the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute ( for updated information and evidence-based resources.