MILWAUKEE, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Parents of children with asthma need to help their kids avoid Halloween triggers, a U.S. doctor advises.
Dr. Clifford Bassett of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says little attention is given to the dangers lurking in Halloween festivities for those with asthma.
"If your child suffers from asthma and/or allergies, be aware and prepared for potential triggers to ensure a safe and fun time for all during the holidays," Bassett says in a statement.
When children go trick-or-treating, parents should be prepared and keep a rescue inhaler close at hand.
Ways the academy doctors advise parents to avoid asthma triggers include:
-- Keep the child mask-free. Masks can contain latex or harbor dust and mold. So can recycled costumes from the attic or basement. Wash new costumes before wearing.
-- Keep the child on the doorstep while trick-or-treating to avoid cigarette smoke, pet dander and other in-house triggers.
-- Keep an eye on the weather. Cold air and humidity can make breathing difficult for a child with asthma. Be sure to dress for conditions.
-- Keep children home if they don't feel well. Hold off on trick-or-treating. Cold and flu symptoms can severely aggravate asthma conditions.