Getting control of allergies: 18 helpful tips

  • Cover your child's mattress and boxspring with a vinyl case that zips up. These may range in price from $5-40 dollars, so shop around.
  • Remove cloth drapes or curtains from the child's bedroom and replace them with blinds
  • If possible, remove stuffed animals from the bed. If this just won't work with your child, have him pick just one and wash it often.
  • Wash the bed linens and stuffed animal in water that is hotter than 130 degree F. This kills dust mites.
  • Use an air purifier with high-efficiency particulate-arresting (HEPA) filter. This decrease the amount of allergen floating in the air.
  • And finally, if it's the family pet, ideally, giving away the pet would be best. But, when the pet is as much a part of the family as any member of the household, this may not be an option. A weekly bath for furry animals will decrease the amount of allergen (dander, skin cells, etc.) going into the air. Keep the pet out of the bed but also out of the bedroom at all times.
  • Next page: Learn four ways to avoid potential outdoor allergens 

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