Asthma Triggers in Children


The first step in managing your child’s asthma is to understand what triggers could affect him or her. Although triggers are not always obvious, some of the more common asthma triggers include airborne allergens, irritants, and other factors, such as

  • Grass, tree, and weed pollens
  • Airborne molds
  • Dust mites
  • Foods or food additives (like preservatives used in salad bars)
  • Animal dander
  • Cockroach droppings
  • Strong odors/perfumes
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Wood/fireplace smoke
  • Cold air
  • Colds or viral infections
  • Exercise
  • Prolonged laughing or crying
  • Reflux disease/heartburn
  • Medications, such as aspirin
  • Emotional distress
"For my child, little changes make a big difference. For example, I now have shades in my house that you can vacuum if dust accumulates."
-Norma H. Mom of child with asthma
Results may vary.

Be proactive about avoiding asthma triggers

By identifying and eliminating triggers, you are taking an important step toward managing your child’s asthma. But avoiding asthma triggers is not always easy. If your child’s airways are already inflamed, they will be more sensitive to these airborne allergens and irritants and will respond to smaller amounts of them. To help you learn more about your child’s asthma triggers, download the Asthma Triggers: What to Know, What to Do.

Coming up with an asthma action plan with your child's doctor is a great way to help keep your child’s asthma under control. For your next scheduled appointment, print out the asthma action plan and take it with you to your child’s visit.


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PULMICORT RESPULES is a maintenance medicine used to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children ages 12 months to 8 years.

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Important Safety Information

PULMICORT RESPULES is not a bronchodilator and should NOT be used to treat an acute asthma attack. If your child is switching to PULMICORT RESPULES from an oral corticosteroid, follow the doctor's instructions to avoid serious health risks when your child stops using oral corticosteroids.

Only use PULMICORT RESPULES with a jet nebulizer machine that is connected to an air compressor. Do not use an ultrasonic nebulizer.

Thrush infection of the mouth and throat may occur with PULMICORT RESPULES.

Avoid exposure of your child to infections such as chicken pox and measles. Tell your doctor immediately if your child is exposed.

Inhaled corticosteroids may cause a reduction in growth rate. The long-term effect on final adult height is unknown.

PULMICORT RESPULES should not be used if your child is allergic to budesonide or any of the ingredients.

Be sure to tell the healthcare provider about all your child's health conditions and all medicines he or she may be taking.

As with other inhaled asthma medications, bronchospasm, with an immediate increase in wheezing, may occur after dosing. If bronchospasm occurs following dosing with PULMICORT RESPULES, it should be treated immediately with a fast-acting inhaled bronchodilator. Treatment with PULMICORT RESPULES should be stopped and your physician consulted.

The most common side effects include respiratory infection, runny nose, coughing, ear infection, viral infection, thrush in the mouth and throat, inflammation of the stomach including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite, nose bleed, pink eye, and rash.

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PULMICORT RESPULES® (budesonide inhalation suspension) is a maintenance medicine used to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children ages 12 months to 8 years.

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