How to Keep Your Child's Allergies at Bay

As a parent, your primary mission in life is to keep your child healthy and happy. This mission can often be difficult when your child is dealing with allergies. Allergy symptoms can make adults feel horrible, and it can be even worse to witness your child dealing with these symptoms. Here are some ways that you can battle allergens in your home to keep them breathing easy.

Increase Fluid Intake
Hydration may not seem like something that would help with your child's allergies, but it does help to keep his or her mucous membranes moist. The constant sneezing and blowing of their nose can make them feel uncomfortable, especially if the inside of their nose and throat start to feel raw. Increasing fluid intake can help them feel better. A fun water bottle can entice them to drink more water if they are resistant to the idea.

Use a Humidifier
Another way to help with making it easier for your child to breath with allergies is putting moisture in the air. A humidifier can make your dry air feel more soothing in the same way as increasing fluids. One thing to keep in mind that is that while a more humid home may make things more comfortable for you and your family, it also does the same for dust mites and mold. Be proactive in looking for signs of biological growth and use dust covers when possible. 

Refresh the Bedding

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One area you may not think of potentially aggravating your child's allergies is his or her bed. The bedding on their bed collects dust from the air as well as debris from being slept on. It's recommended that you regularly wash and change your child's bedding. Sheets, blankets, and even pillows could be harboring allergens. 

You can make it a fun game to switch to a new character or color in case your child is particularly fond of one set of sheets, but you haven't had a chance to wash his or her favorites. 

Service Air Filters and Your HVAC System
The air that flows through your home also can play a role in your child's allergies. Dirty air filters can allow more dust and debris to flow through your home, putting your child at risk. Changing your air filter as recommended by the manufacturer is ideal. Keep in mind that if you have pets or live by a highway, you may want to consider changing your filters more often.

In addition to changing your air filters, it can be vital for your HVAC system to have regular maintenance completed by a professional. Your equipment could also have a buildup of dust and debris that can irritate even children with mild allergies. Regular servicing can help keep that issue at bay by improving the indoor air quality.

Clean More Often
Going through your home dusting, vacuuming, and moping can help with the dust that accumulates in your home. It can be more beneficial to find cleaning products that will trap the dirt rather than just push it around. This feature will let you remove the dust from the equation. 

Each of these steps can help you keep your child's allergies at bay. Implementing even the smallest of actions, like changing the bedding, can help you and your child rest at night and enjoy a comfortable home.

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