Personally, I work very hard to keep our home healthy, and I try to keep it healthy in many different ways. Yes, I want to keep my family mentally healthy but I also scour all of the surfaces for germs and we try the best we can to fight allergens. Filtrete’s Clear Advantages and Dr. Alanna Levine’s, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), ABC’s to help maintain a healthier home environment for children. Because most allergens begin in childhood it is very important to maintain a healthier home environment for children. Here are Dr. Alanna Levine’s ABC’s according to MomStart.
A – Avoid. For me one of my largest allergens is dust pollen that lives outside. So I have to stay out of the garden even though I love gardening. A good tip is to do just that, whenever possible, avoid irritants that trigger your allergies. Some easy ways to avoid a few of these allergens could be as simple as not using down pillows or blankets. Also you can cut down on allergens by using hypoallergenic pillows on your kid’s beds and limit their exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
B – Balance. Have a balance in your home. One thing that was listed by Dr. Alanna that we do in our house is we keep the windows closed. By keeping the windows shut and the central air conditioning on during high pollen season children are protected from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air. All of these pollens and particles have been known to cause eye, nose, and airway allergy symptoms to arise. A tip I’ve never considered was giving children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible.
C – Change. Change your filter every three months using a high performance filter, you might even want to find an allergen filter like the one that Filtrete makes, the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M. Also consider changing things that are often neglected. For instance change the leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. We have to stay on top of moisture living in the Pacific Northwest. I mean it rains almost every day.
By following these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to a healthy allergen free house fit for you and all of your kids.
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