Monday, September 24, 2012

Guest Post: How to Minimize Children’s Allergy Symptoms

No mother wants to see her child become ill. And if you’ve got a child who suffers from allergies, you may spend a lot of time fretting about how to make your child feel better. Often, the key to minimizing allergies begins at home, by taking the right steps to create a clean, allergen-free environment.

If you’re trying to help your child overcome allergies, consider the following:

Dust

A mixture of dirt, fibers, skin flakes and other microscopic particles, dust infiltrates every area of your home. To reduce this allergen, make time to dust your home at least weekly, using a magnetic duster. In addition to swiping furniture surfaces, swipe the baseboards, cabinet tops and door frames. You can use many non-toxic methods tocontrol dust in your home.

If you have carpeting, vacuum high-traffic areas daily. Weekly, run the vacuum over upholstered furniture and under furniture and beds. Change the bag regularly and use ahigh-efficiency particulate air filter – or HEPA filter. While this sounds like a lot of work, it reduces allergens and keeps your child healthy.

Changing the bedding on your beds weekly reduces dust mites and minimizes allergic symptoms. Use hypoallergenic mattress covers and pillowcases. You can also use an air cleaner in your child’s bedroom, which removes allergens from the air.

Mold

Mold spores are opportunistic allergens, latching onto any wet surface that’s left unattended for too long. The best approach is to clean regularly to ensure mold has fewer opportunities to grow, because once you see it, it’s hard to remove.

Start with your bathroom. After bathing or brushing your teeth, wipe the tub and sink with a dry towel. At least weekly, wash the floor mats in hot water. Every month, wash the shower liner in hot water and vinegar or replace it.

In the kitchen, fix a leaking faucet or refrigerator water leaks right away. Likewise, seal and store foods properly, and toss spoiled foods immediately. Every week, wipe around the dishwasher seal and refrigerator seal. Clean under the refrigerator twice a year to prevent dust build-up and detect water leaks that harbor mold. If you have a refrigerator with an in-door filtered water dispenser, make sure to wipe-down that area with bleach water to prevent mildew and mold growth, and change the refrigerator water filter every six months to reduce contaminants in drinking water.

Pet dander

Beloved pets provide companionship, but they also carry dander that can cause allergic reactions. Brushing your pet outdoors and bathing your pets regularly can reduce dander. Unfortunately, that’s not always enough. You may need to ban pets from your child’s bedroom altogether.

If allergens take root in your home, you may need to remove the offending source. Replacing carpeting with tile or hardwood flooring is one surefire way to eliminate places where allergens congregate. And fixing leaks immediately can reduce the likelihood of mold growth. Other allergen reducing actions include removing your shoes at the door and tossing dirty clothing into a hamper that’s not in your child’s room.

While keeping your home allergen-free is a challenge, it’s worth it to see your little ones happy and healthy.

Author bio: Maire is a writer living in Indianapolis. She loves baking her famous double chocolate cookies and hanging out with her orange cat, Walter.

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