Excessive Cleanliness Could Cause Allergies

Allergies affect 50 million Americans

Cleaner is better, right? Maybe not. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the prevalence of allergies and asthma has risen steadily since the 1980s. Scientists believe that hyper-cleanliness makes it harder for kids to develop the proper immunity to fight off disease. Exposing children to dust and dirt could help them develop immune systems that are able to fight off allergies and asthma. Chemically aggressive cleaning products have become something of a trend, but effective cleaning is possible without the harsh chemicals. Check out these all-natural cleaning products and read on to find out what you need to know about protecting your child from allergies.


Allergy Facts
With the increase in peanut-free classrooms and pocket-size inhalers, it seems like every kid has allergies. And unfortunately, they are often far more serious than a sneezing fit. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, allergies result in about two million school absences every year. Even more frightening, many allergies go undiagnosed, which is why it's imperative to your child's health that you get the facts:

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Join the Community
Other parents are often an invaluable resource. Whether you're seeking support from moms and dads whose children also have allergies, looking for peanut-free lunch ideas or just want to discuss the rising number of kids who are sensitive to allergens, other parents can make your life a lot easier. Explore these iVillage message boards for tips and the chance to share your own wisdom:



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Let Kids Be Kids
Between providing balanced meals and shuttling your children from one extracurricular activity to another, it's easy to forget that sometimes kids just need to be kids. And if a daily dose of dirt can help keep serious allergies at bay, then all the more reason to send your children outside for some old-fashioned fun. Besides, while your kids are burning off energy out in the yard, you get a well-deserved moment of peace and quiet. So, what are you waiting for? Check out these kid-friendly adventures:

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