Allergens Are Everywhere

Allergens Are Everywhere

Below are some helpful tips from the AAP to reduce your family’s exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens.

    • It’s helpful to use air conditioners, where possible, to reduce exposure to pollen in both your home and your car.
    • Molds are present in the spring and late summer, particularly around areas of decaying vegetation. Children with mold allergies should avoid playing in piles of dead leaves in the fall.
    • In the spring season when pollen is heavy, it is important to limit outdoor time. It can also be helpful to change your child’s clothes and bathe your child after they have been outdoors for extended periods.
    • Dust mites congregate in places where food for them (e.g , flakes of human skin) is plentiful. That means they are most commonly found in upholstered furniture, bedding, rugs, and stuffed animals.
    • Padded furnishings, such as mattresses, box springs, pillows, and cushions should be encased in allergen-proof, zip-up covers, which are available through catalogs and specialized retailers.
    • Wash linens weekly, and other bedding such as blankets, every 2 to 3 weeks in hot water to kill the dust mite.
    • Pillows should be replaced every 2 to 3 years.
    • Frequent vacuuming of carpets.

For more information on allergies please visit the following link: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma/Pages/Seasonal-Allergies-in-Children.aspx

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