A Blog from Your Kaiser Permanente Pediatricians in Northern California

Protect Your Child from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires continue to burn in several Northern California counties. We know this may be a difficult time for you and your family, and we’re here to help.

Here are some ways to protect your entire family’s health from poor air quality:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible, with doors and windows closed.
  • Use an air-conditioner set on recirculate or an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
  • Limit your time outdoors.
  • Wear a properly fitted mask to filter air contaminants if you must be outside. Masks can be a breathing risk for babies and young children

If your child has asthma, smoke can make symptoms worse or cause a flare up:

  • Watch your child for asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
  • Follow your child’s asthma action plan. Continue to use daily asthma (control) and any recommended allergy medicines.

How to manage an asthma flare up:

  • Try not to panic. Quick treatment at home may help prevent serious breathing problems.
  • Help your child take their asthma and wheezing medicines. including your quick-relief inhaler (albuterol) or steroid pills.

Contact your doctor if:

  • Your child’s symptoms do not improve or get worse after your usual home treatment.
  • You have questions about managing your child’s asthma.
  • You’re out of medicine and need an urgent refill.

Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California can reach our 24/7 Appointment or Advice line at 866.454.8855.

Stay healthy. From your Kaiser Permanente pediatricians.

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To learn more about how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke, go to: kpdoc.org/smokeexposure