As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect your children from allergies, asthma and harmful chemicals. These things can cause long-term health problems, so it’s important to take steps to reduce your child’s exposure by making your home as allergy-proof as possible.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to keep your kids safe and healthy at home. There are many things you can do to protect your kids which we will cover in this article.
Reduce the Dust
Keep your home clean and free of dust as much as you can. This will help to reduce your child’s exposure to allergens and other irritants that can trigger asthma attacks. Use a damp cloth or mop to clean hard floors instead of sweeping which just kicks up dust into the air. Also, vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter to trap dust and other particles.
Vacuuming not only picks up dust, but also pet hair, pollen and other allergens that can trigger an asthma attack. Be sure to vacuum all floors, carpets, furniture and Drapery on a regular basis.
Change Your Air Filters
If you have air conditioning or heating that circulates the air, be sure to change your air filters regularly. This will help to remove allergens and other irritants from the air.
Use Allergen-Proof Bedding
If your child is allergic to dust mites, you can buy allergen-proof bedding which will help to reduce their exposure to dust mites. This type of bedding is usually made from polyester or nylon and has a tight weave that dust mites cannot penetrate. Using allergen-proof bedding will protect your child while they sleep which is a large portion of their day.
Mold Free Homes
Mold in the home can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms along with many other health issues. You should therefore try to keep your home as mold-free as possible. This can be done by ensuring there is good ventilation in your home, particularly in areas such as the kitchen and bathroom where mold is more likely to grow. You should also regularly clean these areas with a mold-killing cleaner.
Remove Harsh Chemicals
Avoid using harsh chemicals and cleaning products in your home. Many of these products contain VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) which can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Instead, opt for natural cleaning products or make your own.
Smoke Free Homes
This one should be obvious however you’d be surprised how many smokers are not aware of the damage the second-hand smoke can cause. Don’t smoke around your children or allow anyone else to smoke around them. If you live in an apartment building, be considerate of your neighbors and try to smoke away from the building.
Be Mindful of Pets
If you have pets, bathe them regularly to reduce the amount of dander they carry around. If you’re considering getting a pet, do your research first to find a breed that is low-shedding and hypoallergenic.
Consider an Air Purification
While you can’t control the air quality outside, you can control the air quality inside your home with an air purification system. Investing in an air purifier is a great way to help reduce the number of allergens and pollutants in your home. Be sure to choose an air purifier that is designed for the specific needs of your family.
Where to Start
By following these simple tips, you can help to keep kids with allergies safe. There is a lot of information out there on how to protect your kids and it can become overwhelming so we trust these few tips help get you started. With so much conflicting information, it can be hard to know what to do so we encourage to try some ideas and see what works best for your family. Creating a safe and healthy home environment is the best way to help your child thrive.