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Safe sleeping zone for children with asthma

Safe sleeping zone for children with asthma

Make a clean and healthy space where your child's lungs can rest all night!

Reduce dust and dust mites

  • Put pillows and mattress in allergen covers.
  • Wash blankets, sheets and pillowcases in very hot water (130 degrees F) and dry them in the dryer every week.
  • Vacuum once a week when your child is not in the room, using a double-layer bag or HEPA filter. Your child should wait a few minutes before going back in.
  • Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe all surfaces in your child's bedroom every week.
  • Clean all exposed floors with a damp mop every week.
  • Use an air purifier instead of a humidifier or vaporizer.
  • Keep stuffed animals out of bed, if possible. Wash in hot water or freeze them for 24 hours every week if your child can't be without them.

Reduce triggers

  • Strong smells can irritate airways. Avoid tobacco, candles or incense in the child's bedroom, along with strong smelling perfumes, sprays or cleaning products.
  • Avoid feather pillows or down comforters.
  • Avoid eating in the bedroom. It attracts bugs and cockroaches.
  • Pets should stay out of the bedroom. The hair and dander can irritate airways.
  • Replace all pillows at least every five years.
  • Keep humidity below 50 percent using a dehumidifier.
  • Clutter-free rooms are asthma friendly rooms.

Meet the team

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Kathleen Bowden, MSW, AE-C
Kathleen Bowden MSW, AE-C Pulmonary medicine
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Ginger A Mary, DNP, CPNP-PC, AE-C
Ginger Mary DNP, CPNP-PC, AE-C Pulmonary medicine
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Michael S Schechter, MD, MPH
Michael Schechter MD, MPH Pulmonary medicine
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