8 Habits That Can Ruin Both Parent's and Kids' Lives
9 Habits That Can Make Your Child's Allergies Worse
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If your child is allergic to indoor or outdoor allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust, you’re probably already taking steps to avoid triggers and manage symptoms. But did you know that some things you’re doing at home could actually worsen your child’s stuffy nose, cough, and itchy, watery eyes?
Here are nine habits you may want to avoid to help make managing your child's allergies easier:
1. Making your child’s bed every day.
Resist the urge to tuck in and cover up your child’s sheets, even if you cringe at the sight of an unmade bed. You may not be able to eliminate dust mites completely, but airing out beds can help limit your child’s exposure. These microscopic organisms thrive in warm and humid environments, like bedding and upholstered furniture, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Leaving a bed unmade or simply folding the sheets down at the foot of the bed can allow them to cool off and dry out, says Brian Schroer, MD, an allergist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Pediatric Allergy.
2. Washing bedding in cold water.
Washing your child’s bedding frequently to reduce exposure to dust mites is a good idea, but it’s important to use the hot-water cycle on your washing machine, says Joyce Rabbat, MD, an assistant professor and pediatric allergist/immunologist at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. The water should be at least 130° F to kill dust mites, according to the AAAAI.
“Allergen encasings can also help create a barrier from exposure to dust mites overnight,” Dr. Rabbat says. Use allergy-proof covers on items that can’t be easily washed.
3. Allowing your child to sleep with stuffed animals.
The same dust mites found on bed linens can also be on the surface of plush toys, Dr. Schroer says, so "try to limit the number of stuffed animals on the bed to just one or two.” Like bedding, plush toys should be washed frequently in hot water and placed in the dryer for about 20 minutes to help eliminate dust mites, he says.
4. Wearing shoes in the house.
Pollen can stick to children’s shoes when they're playing outside, causing them to unwittingly bring pollen into your living space, Schroer says. You can avoid this by enforcing a no-shoes policy at home or designating some shoes to be worn indoors only.
5. Skipping a shower before bed.
Pollen can also cling to your child’s hair and clothing, the AAAAI says. If your child goes to bed without taking a shower, this pollen can get on the sheet and pillows, Schroer says.
6. Having a furry pet.
There is no such thing as a hypoallergenic breed of dog or cat. Pet allergies don’t really involve fur. Allergic reactions are from contact with proteins in the animal's saliva, dander, and urine, according to the AAAAI. If your child has a pet allergy and you have a furry pet, he or she will be exposed to these allergens, even if you keep the pet outside, limit where it can roam around the house, or give the animal a daily bath, Schroer says.
“Animal allergens are light — they float and stay in the air," he says. "They’re also sticky and can be carried from room to room by people and pets. Bathing a pet may reduce allergens temporarily, but they’ll start to collect again within a day.”
When it comes to pets, it’s essential to consider the severity of your child’s allergy and determine if symptoms are affecting his or her sleep and overall quality of life, Schroer says. “If your child’s nose is stuffy all the time and it's affecting school and sleep, then you need to think about what’s most important,” he says.
7. Opening the windows.
Letting in some fresh air may seem like a good idea, but this can backfire for kids with environmental allergies, particularly when the pollen count is high. Opening windows and doors allows pollen to blow inside, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Running an air conditioner at home and in your car can help minimize your child’s exposure to outdoor allergens and reduce nasal allergy symptoms, Schroer says.
8. Hanging laundry outside to dry.
While this might be a good way to save energy, wet clothes and linens hung can be a magnet for pollen, the NIEHS says. If your child has a pollen allergy and sleeps on these sheets or dries off with one of these towels, his or her symptoms may worsen. Instead of using an outside clothesline, hang sheets and clothes inside to dry or use a clothes dryer, Schroer says.
9. Using a broom.
Old-school sweeping and dusting can kick up dust in the air, causing dust allergies to flare. Instead, use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to clean your home, suggests the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that HEPA filters effectively remove airborne indoor particles that can worsen environmental allergies.
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