No parent likes seeing their child suffering from allergies. But, there are some simple ways to help you control allergic reactions, especially those caused by dust, pollen, and other environmental triggers. Let’s look at ways to help your child get through allergy season with a lot less discomfort.
Clean Your House
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Dust allergies is one of the most common allergies, so it’s important to keep your home as clean as possible. Vacuum and dust daily to prevent the buildup of dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and other irritants. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter for capturing even the smallest particles. Clean exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms, too, and use a damp cloth to clean air registers, return vents, and ceiling fans. The air conditioning filter needs changing monthly in order to function properly, and hosing down your outside unit often keeps pollen, dirt, and dust from building up.
When children come in from playing outside, their microscopic allergens cling to their clothing. Have your child bathe or shower and change clothes once outside activities finish for the day. By bathing in the evenings, allergens won’t transfer to sheets and pillowcases giving your child a better night’s sleep.
When the weather turns nice and you open your windows, you let allergens into your home. Despite the beautiful day outside, keeping your windows down prevents pollen and other springtime irritants from upsetting sensitive noses.
A healthy, balanced diet helps keep the immune system functioning properly and helps control allergies. Cook with fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and add essential fatty acids from organic flaxseed or hemp seed oil to your recipes. Keep congestion-causing food such as dairy products, processed wheat, and sugar products away from children as they worsen allergy symptom. Adding nuts and fish to the diet also helps fight allergies, but make sure you child is not allergic to nuts before offering them. Fruits like citrus, apples, and kiwi are tasty and contain Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine.
Use Non-Toxic Cleaners
Cleaning products sold in most stores contain harmful chemicals that trigger allergies. Check the labels and look for natural products or make your own cleaning products using baking soda, lemon juice, or vinegar. Not only do these products clean well, they leave your home smelling fresh and clean without any chemical residue.
Control Mold & Mildew
Moist environments breed mold and mildew so you want to rid your home of as much extra humidity as you can. Use bathroom exhaust fans after hot showers so the damp air doesn’t invade the rest of the house. If possible, invest in a whole-house dehumidifier, especially if the climate where you live is already muggy. Use smart thermostats which check humidity levels and tell you if the air in your home is too moist or dry.
Suffering from allergies is no fun. Try these tips, and you can rest assured those runny noses, sneezes, and red and itchy eyes won’t ruin your child’s day.