There are things in the air inside our homes and inside other buildings that can affect your child's asthma.
Activities that can affect the air in our homes and trigger asthma symptoms include:
Asthma and Lung UK have put together 6 top tips to help families have cleaner air within their homes.
1. Open windows if you can (be careful on high pollen or pollution days) or use extractor fans, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. It will help clear any indoor pollutants and prevent damp and mould. Opening windows on cold days can make your home harder to heat. See our page on housing and keeping your home warm if you are struggling.
2. Reduce dust mites as much as possible by regularly washing bedding or using anti-allergy covers. Asthma and Lung UK have more information on dealing with dust mites.
3. Avoid aerosols and sprays. Instead go for non-spray cleaning and personal products.
4. Avoid strong smells and chemicals.
5. Don’t smoke indoors. Cigarette smoke is a dangerous asthma trigger and it can also make you and your child more sensitive to other indoor triggers. Your local stop smoking service is free and able to offer support to help you stop smoking.
6. Make sure any heaters, cookers and boilers are serviced regularly. Also make sure any new appliances are fitted properly with good ventilation.
Asthma UK and Lung UK have produced more detailed advice on indoor asthma triggers.
Report any repairs, leaks or problems with mould or ventilation systems. If you’re living in social housing, contact your housing association or local authority in the first instance. If you’re renting privately, Shelter have information about talking to your landlord/landlady.
Get support if struggling to keep your home warm and dry. Citizen’s Advice offer advice on grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills, and also advice on switching energy supplier. You may be able to access support from affordable warmth services in your local area such as help with repairing your boiler if you are on a low income. Contact your local council for more information.
Visit our page on housing and keeping your home warm.
The affordable warmth scheme webpage provides information about a national scheme to fight fuel poverty.