Calming Your Child's Allergies: Start At Home

Posted on: 9 March 2015

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If your child has mild allergies and you don't want to put them on a daily prescription medication, there are things that you can change with their daily habits and around your home to help reduce symptoms. A lot of the allergy issues may be around them all year round, and not just seasonally.

It's important that you take care of your home properly, especially where they sleep, to help prevent symptoms for the problem. Consider trying the following things and talk with your child's physician about other options.

Mattress and Pillow Protection

 Your child probably sleeps for 8 hours or more, so they are spending a lot of their day in bed. You should vacuum their mattress and wash their pillows if you can, once a week, to remove dust. You should also use an allergy protectant slip cover for the mattress, and on the pillows. Make sure that you wash these items in dye and perfume free detergents as well.

Duct Cleaning

You may not even know you have dander, dust, mold, feces and other disgusting things lying inside your ducts throughout the ventilation system. The debris could be from you or previous homeowners, and it spreads around every time the air conditioner or furnace is on. Have an HVAC company like Chappel's Heating & Cooling come to the house to clean the ducts, which is going to improve the air quality.

Regulate Air Quality

If the air in the home is too dry there is going to be more dust, and if it's too moist you could have a mold and mildew problem. Both situations are terrible for those with allergies. Add a machine that regulates the humidity with a humidistat and humidifies or dehumidifies if needed. You also may want to put an air purification machine in the house, or in the child's room.

Carpet Cleaning

The carpeting could be another area where there are bacteria, dust and other allergens residing. Have the carpets cleaned by a professional team, and ask them to use an antimicrobial cleaning agent. This should pull out the allergens and improve the carpeting at the same time.

These different methods are a great way to help calm your child's allergies at home and to reduce symptoms they deal with on a daily basis. There are many seasonal allergies that can't be avoided, but you want to make sure that their problems aren't caused by your residence.