Asthma Triggers

Each child’s asthma is different

so their triggers are also different.

We continue to learn more about asthma.

Asthma attacks are set off by things around us called “triggers.”

Common triggers include:

  • Smoke from cigarettes, fire, vaping or fires
  • Pollen, pets, mold
  • Cold air
  • Viruses, colds, sickness

Asthma Trigger Facts

Indoor triggers

  • Secondhand and thirdhand smoking have a strong negative effect on a child with asthma.
  • Vaping is as harmful as smoking for a child with asthma.
  • There are no truly hypoallergenic “furry” pets.

Outdoor triggers

  • Air pollution can give you a good idea of when air quality might not be good, and what actions to take.
  • Cold air is a common trigger for asthma. On cold days, children should wear a muffler or scarf around their nose on the way to school.
  • Exercise is good for children so make sure that if they need pre treatment before exercise it is available.

Families can learn more about helping kids with asthma: 

Videos about Inhalers

Manage asthma symptoms