What Does Preschool Have to Do with Asthma?

Hmm, what DOES preschool have to do with asthma? Well, a lot!

I just read an article about a group of moms who live south of Seattle and are on a mission to teach preschools about asthma. Why preschools? Well, kids can be there for hours and hours every day. And what kind of environment are they in?

What about asthma allergen and trigger control on the preschool

You might be careful to make sure that your home is allergy and asthma friendly, but what about the preschool?

Class Pets

When my kids were little, my friend recommended a neighborhood preschool and said her kids loved it! I met with the teacher and toured the preschool. They had a pet rabbit which she proudly said the kids LOVED. I said no. With allergies and asthma, that's the last thing my kids needed to be around! Besides watching for class pets, what else should you look for?

Cleaning supplies

Do they use strong cleaners and sprays? Bleach? Sometimes people think if a little bit of bleach works, a lot will be even better! Inhaling bleach can be harmful to your lungs. Easy does it!


How often do they wash the blankets and stuffed animals? Vacuum the carpet? Clean curtains or blinds?


These sneaky little guys are hard to find, but leave behind waste, body parts and saliva. And can cause nasty allergies. Do they spray the preschool with bug spray? Or use sticky (or glue) traps?


The slow, steady drips are what mold thrives on! EPA recommends throwing away any mold damaged carpet or ceiling tiles. But hard surfaces can be scrubbed with detergent and water (no bleach!)

Strong smells

I'm not talking about the teacher's lunch! I'm talking about scented candles, perfumes, paint, etc. Do the sniff test.


Is the school smoke-free? What about the preschool van?

Most preschools I have worked with were willing to make changes, they just didn't know what they needed to fix for kids with allergies and asthma.

Speaking of preschools.......I could use a snack right now!

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