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According to the American Lung Association, asthma is the most common condition that chronically affects children in the U.S. These children often experience flareups, which could occur from nearly anything, including allergens, chemicals, stress, excitement, and exercise. In the summer, one of the most concerning triggers that parents should be aware of is the hot outdoor air.

Factors Affecting Air Quality

Just when parents are finally able to let their children play outside, they may have to tell them to stay inside instead if the forecast is showing a string of particularly hot, sunny days. The reason for this is that the ozone in the air, which is produced by ultraviolet light from the sun, can increase exponentially on these sunniest of days. Those living in urban areas are particularly at risk, but wind can push the excessive levels of ozone nearly anywhere, including into more rural areas that are typically assumed to have clean and healthy air. 

Children who spend much time outdoors during weather like this may find that they have a harder time than normal with breathing, and they may cough much more frequently. However, this weather can be particularly harmful to children with asthma who may be forced to reach for their rescue inhalers or to take a trip to urgent care. This is because the ozone that they breathe in reacts with the tissues deep inside their lungs to create irritating toxins.

Pay Attention to Air Quality Reports

Parents of children with asthma should carefully monitor air quality. They may be able to do this through the newspaper or through a weather app on their smartphones, but they should know that not all poor air quality days make it onto official alerts. Instead, they may want to find a local app using information from the Environmental Protection Agency that will display up-to-the-minute ozone levels. 

In addition, parents will want to make sure that they keep their children inside during the hottest parts of the day, plan most outdoor activities for the morning, have children take plenty of breaks indoors and find plenty of fun activities for the indoors. In addition, they should be sure that they know exactly where their child’s rescue inhaler is and should know how to use it. 

If you are concerned about your child’s breathing or need a new inhaler prescription for your child, schedule an appointment with Kids 1st Pediatrics today.


Seasonal allergies afflict numerous adults every year, but they are less expected when they hit your children. However, it is estimated that one in four children suffers from allergies today. Perhaps you are the parent of a child who spends most of each summer sneezing, rubbing his eyes or dealing with nasal congestion. While this is a great burden on you mentally, it can be a huge problem for your child who may struggle to enjoy typical daily activities, who may feel ostracized from his friends during allergy season and who may fight you over going outside to play for the day when you know it will cause his allergies to flare up again. These tips will arm both you and your child with the information necessary to get these irritating symptoms under control and to begin enjoying life once again.

Start Treatments Early

In an effort to limit the amount of medication that your child has to take, you may be waiting until his symptoms start before you begin giving him over-the-counter medications. However, research shows that starting medications up to three weeks before allergy season begins can provide better control of symptoms.

Allergy Testing Can Provide Answers

Allergy testing can help you know exactly what your child is allergic to and can help you limit his exposure to these allergens, whether they are certain types of pollen, mold, or pet dander.

Stay on Top of Pollen Counts

Once you know what trees, weeds, or grasses your child is allergic to, you can use pollen counts to tell you when your child should stay indoors. Many apps and Websites offer instantaneous pollen counts these days.

Watch out for Triggers

Your child’s allergies could be triggered by more than just pollen. Other common triggers include the following:

  • Mildew
  • Insect droppings
  • Weather changes
  • Chemicals and fumes
  • Tobacco or wood smoke
  • Strong scents