During the winter, when the temperature drops and the humidity bottoms out, asthma symptoms can worsen. Even a brief amount of time going outdoors in very cold weather (like walking to the school bus) can cause an asthma attack (wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath). There are some simple precautions you can take for your child that may help alleviate and even prevent these symptoms. Your child should be able to enjoy winter events like building snowmen or sledding! One of the most important things to do is follow your treatment plan and use your daily medications as instructed. These medications are designed to prevent asthma attacks including those triggered by cold air. Humidifying and warming the air with a scarf, mask, or ski gator over your mouth and nose also can help to prevent asthma symptoms. Teach your child that this should be routine when going outside in the cold! If your child plans to go outside for prolonged play, you can pretreat with albuterol (Proair, Ventolin, Proventil, or Xopenex). This will help keep the airways open. Following these tips will help to keep your child safe and breathing well making sure he has fun as well during those snow days off from school.