Getting the Jump on Childhood Asthma

girl with daisies; Getting the Jump on Childhood AsthmaAsthma attacks can be triggered or "set off" by a number of factors. Some common triggers of asthma include allergies, viral infections and other triggers.
Allergies and Asthma
Allergy-related asthma triggers can be allergies to things in the environment such as dust, animal fur and dander, or pollen.
Or, they can be reactions to certain foods or medications.
Other Asthma Triggers
Additional asthma triggers are:
  • Viral infections such as the common cold
  • Changes in temperature or humidity
  • Stress and emotions
  • Exercise
  • Cigarette smoke

Since everybody has different asthma triggers, children need individualized asthma treatment plans. It is important for parents to know what their child's triggers are, how to avoid them and to have an asthma action plan. A family doctor can help prepare a plan so parents and their children will be ready if an attack cannot be prevented.

If you have any questions about Childhood Asthma, contact your pediatrician or pediatric allergist.

UW Health Pediatric Allergy Services


For more information about American Family Children's Hospital and its asthma programs, go to the Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology section of our Web site.


Other Asthma Information from UW Health