Safeguard Kids from Airborne Allergens
Children often experience enduring or recurring cold-like symptoms, and parents often misdiagnose these as cold symptoms rather than the airborne allergy symptoms that they actually are.
An allergy is an overreaction to a pollutant by the immune system. All immune systems will react to a contaminant and attempt to remove it from the system. In an immune system experiencing an allergic reaction, however, the body will overcompensate. That overcompensation results in congestion, sneezing, nose and eye drainage, and itchiness in the nose, mouth, throat and eyes.
Allergies can be classified as either perennial or seasonal. Seasonal allergies are usually a response to contaminants such as pollen and mold spores. Perennial (year-round) allergies are responses to contaminants such as dust mites, pet dander and dust. Children can experience both types of allergies or one or the other. Seasonal allergies can be difficult for parents to diagnose since they fade each season, and the connection is not usually obvious. Therefore, if a child is experiencing enduring or reoccurring cold-like symptoms, parents should take the child to a pediatrician. If necessary, the doctor will refer the child to an allergist, and the allergist can prescribe medication or an allergy shot or help the parent put a preventative plan in place. Reducing exposure is the most important step one can take to make the child feel better and the symptoms less severe. Reducing exposure to seasonal allergens can be accomplished through the following steps:
Keep windows closed. Use air conditioning, air filtration and proper ventilation instead.
Have the child avoid pollen by keeping him or her indoors during peak hours. Peak hours vary by region and can be monitored online through sites like aaaai.org
Do not have the child rake leaves or mow the lawn. Both activities will increase local active pollen levels considerably.
The child should change clothes immediately after coming indoors, and the parent should wash the worn clothes immediately.
Reducing exposure to perennial allergens can be accomplished through the following steps:
Use pillow and mattress covers to ward against dust mites.
Wash bedding each week in hot water.
Maintain low humidity. Use a dehumidifier if necessary.
Keep pets out of the child’s bedroom. If the allergy is severe, find the pet a new home.
- Vacuum each week using a unit that has a HEPA filter.
- Dust daily. Perform an extensive dusting weekly. Immediately vacuum after dusting.
Immediately fix leaks or any sources of excessive moisture.
The best way to eliminate both perennial and seasonal allergens is to use a top quality HEPA air purifier. Of all the air purifiers on the market, HEPA air purifiers are among the most effective and reliable in helping provide clean, quality air in the home. A HEPA filter removes 99.97 percent of all airborne allergens, including dust, dander, pollen and mold spores, down to 0.3 microns in size. Start ensuring your child’s health and comfort today by purchasing a portable HEPA air purifier from Clean Air Plus.
- Administration Staff