Dr Mark Rosenthal

MD MB ChB FRCP FRCPCH BSc

Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

also specialist in Food Allergies & Disorders of Sleep

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T: 0207 351 8832

E: s.harvey@rbht.nhs.uk

A:The Royal Brompton Hospital, London, SW3 6NP

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It’s impossible to control the world your child goes out into every day, but you can create a safe environment at home for your child with asthma. The treatment provided by your private paediatrician in London can help to prevent asthma attacks, but it’s still important to get rid of any potential triggers when you can.

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Choose Your Pets Carefully

Although some children with asthma will be fine with all kinds of animals, others do suffer from allergies to certain pets. Sharing the house with a pet can be very uncomfortable when you have an allergy as it produces constant irritation in the airways. You should therefore think very carefully before getting a new pet.

  1. Check for allergies by spending time with other people’s pets first
  2. Choose breeds such as poodle crosses that are shed less hair, or opt for a different pet such as a rabbit that doesn’t trigger your child’s allergies
  3. If you already have a pet, send it to a friend for a few days to see if it makes a difference
  4. Ask your private paediatrician in London about allergy testing if you need confirmation
  5. Re-homing your pet isn’t always necessary, sometimes brushing and washing it regularly is enough

Wage War On Dust

Dust and dust mites are two of the most common triggers for allergies and asthma, so make sure you are dusting and hovering regularly to keep them at bay. Just be careful about your cleaning products as they could trigger allergies too. Ask your private paediatrician in London if you need help identifying the cause of your child’s allergies.

It can also help to choose anti-allergy bedding and get rid of any unnecessary cushions, pillows or soft toys that could be harbouring dust and mites. Many children like to sleep with their favourite toy, but it should spend one night a month in the freezer to get rid of any mites.

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