When most people think of allergies, they think about common triggers like pet dander and pollen. If your kids suffer from allergy-like symptoms, you may blame their sniffling and sneezing on them being close to the neighbor’s cat earlier in the day or the high pollen count. However, there are some common indoor allergens that may be causing your children’s allergy symptoms. So what can you do to minimize the impact of indoor allergens inside your home?
Bedding: One of the most common sources of indoor allergies is dust mites. You may wash the bedding in your home regularly, but dust mites can also live in the carpet under beds, inside pillows and mattresses, in drapes and curtains, and more. You can take steps to vacuum under the bed when you vacuum the rest of the floor. In addition to washing bedding regularly, you can also wash the drapes or curtains regularly. Further, consider buying hypoallergenic covers for your pillows and mattresses.
Stuffed Animals: If you have kids, you likely have a lot of stuffed animals in your home. These, too, can be harbingers of dust mites. If you intend to keep these in your child’s room, be sure they are washed weekly in hot water to kill dust mites.
Pet-Free Zones: Even if your kids are not allergic to pets, your pets may still carry other allergens on them. Consider that pets love to crawl around in spaces that you may not clean regularly, such as under the bed. They also roam freely in the backyard, collecting outdoor allergens on their fur and bringing those allergens indoors. To minimize where these allergens spread, establish pet-free zones. Your child’s bed should definitely be a pet-free zone to keep allergies at bay.
Mold: When many people think of mold, they think of growth inside their walls from water leaks. You may be pretty sure you don’t have that kind of mold growing in your home, but you may be overlooking other sources of mold. The bathroom is a common place where mold growth forms, as this room is often moist and warm. All bathrooms should be cleaned weekly, and special care should be taken to identify and remove any mold growth. Installing a de-humidifier in this space may also help keep mold growth at bay.
Air Quality: Air quality in your home can also bring on allergy symptoms. Take time to replace air filters for your central heating and air system as recommended. HEPA filters are often best at preventing allergies in a home. In addition to replacing these air filters, you may also consider purchasing a stand-alone air purifier or filter to use in bedrooms, the family room, and other commonly used areas of the home.
By taking these steps, you can help to minimize your children’s allergy symptoms caused by indoor triggers.
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