6 Tips for Helping Your Child Deal with Allergiesby The HealthCentral Editorial Team
We tend to associate our children's allergies with playing outside, particularly as the weather warms. But there are plenty of triggers inside your home. Here are steps you can take to reduce your child's allergic reactions.
Get rid of clutter
Toys, books and other knick-knacks can collect dust and trigger your child’s allergies. Try to store these items in plastic containers with lids.
Keep pets out of your child’s room
Since pet dander can be a major allergy and asthma trigger, make your child’s room a pet-free zone. It may also help to bathe your pet once a week to cut down on dander as well.
Allow snacks only in the kitchen
Crumbs from food can draw cockroaches into your living space and cockroach droppings can cause allergy and asthma symptoms. Cockroaches need food and moisture to survive so keeping food out of your child’s room can help keep the pests away.
Vacuum the carpet regularly
If your child has carpet or a large rug in his or her room, make sure to vacuum it frequently with a HEPA filter vacuum or a cyclonic vacuum. Also, keep kids away from the area for a few hours after you clean so the dust can settle.
Wash bedding frequently
Dust mites find sheets, pillows and mattresses to be good homes, which can cause year round allergy symptoms. Wash bedding in hot water or bleach every 10 days and use removable allergy-resistant coverings for pillows and mattresses.
Change furnace filters
You should change the furnace filters every three months and make sure to use a filter with a MERV rating of eight to 12. A MERV rating tells you how much dust the filter removes from the air.