Protecting Asthmatic Children in Harmattan
The harmattan wind is blowing cold air. The weather is dry, dusty and hazy. Here are useful tips to prevent your child from having asthma attacks in the harmattan season.
- Keep your child warm; cold is one of the triggers of asthma. Keep your child warm with extra clothing and sweaters. Don’t allow them to play with cold water or wet themselves. A hot tea definitely comes in handy in this period.
- No play on dusty fields: the weather is very dusty now, don’t allow your child to play where dust will be raised.
- Avoid areas where people smoke or burn bushes
- Use tiles in the rooms not carpets and rugs that harbour dust. If you have rugs clean it with a vacuum cleaner at least twice a week.
- Wet floors before sweeping to prevent rising dust
- Provide emotional support: emotional stress is one of the triggers of asthma, keep your child happy and sweet as much as you can
- Avoid cleaning chemicals, soaps and perfumes with very strong odour that can trigger asthma
- On very hot or very cold days, let your child play and exercise indoor to prevent exercise induced asthma
- If your child is asthmatic visit the school to make sure he/she sits far away from the chalk board. Chalk dust can also trigger asthma
- Use allergy proof covers on pillows and beddings.
- Let the people in your child’s life know about the condition .Educate siblings, teachers and friends about triggers, symptoms and first aid.
- Keep asthma medications and inhalers in your child’s school bag and let the school know about it.
- There’s nothing worse than an empty inhaler canister during asthma attack, make sure you have extra asthma inhalers at home and in school.
- If your child is old enough, ensure he/she knows how to correctly use the asthma inhaler
- Know the location of the nearest hospitals to your child’s school, your home and work place.
- Educate your child about the condition. Let them know the triggers, symptoms and what to do if there’s an asthma attack.
- Provide support: support the child emotionally by letting them know asthma does not prevent anybody from living a normal life, all that is needed is to take the necessary precautions.
- As a preventive measure let the child take one to two puffs of the inhaler when going to a place or involved in an activity that will expose him/her to asthma triggers