Over the years I have become a lot more of a clean and neat freak. Always worried about germs, dust and dirt. In fact when Samantha was a baby I requested that everyone who enters out house has to take off their shoes. Think about what you walk on everyday outside and why the heck would you want to track it all over your floors… floors that your baby crawls on?
Sarah has asthma and that is another reason I keep out home as clean as I can. I found Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), ABC’s to help maintain a healthier home environment for children to be very useful and anyone who has kids will too.
- A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child’s bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
- B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air. These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
- C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don’t neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.
For me changing out filter in our home is a must. We change it about every 2 months but sometimes during the winter monthly. We also only use Filtrate Filters.
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