Asthma Triggers | Patient Education | UC Davis Children's Hospital
An Introduction to
Asthma in Children and Teens
Help keep your child’s asthma symptoms from getting worse by knowing what things trigger your child’s asthma.
Discuss with your doctor other things that can make your child’s asthma worse.
Many different things (called triggers) can make your child’s asthma worse. It is important to learn your child’s triggers, so that they can be avoided.
Asthma triggers can include:
Smoking (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vaping)
Do not smoke inside your house or car, even when a child is not present.
There are studies showing that children whose family members smoke only outside (and never inside) still have negative effects on their health. Toxins from smoking are carried in on dust, clothing, skin and hair.
If a member of your home smokes outside, have them change their clothes and wash their hands up to their elbows before interacting with your child.
Your medical team or primary care provider may be able to refer you or a family member to a program to help them quit smoking. If you are interested in this service, please let us know.
The effects of vaping and electronic e-cigarettes are not as well studied or understood as regular cigarettes. However, it is known that vaping inside may be dangerous for infants or young children. If you chose to vape, please do so outside.