If someone in your house has asthma, it’s quite likely that he also has an allergy or allergies. So you’ll want to be sure that you keep the allergens to a minimum to prevent an allergic reaction that could result in an asthma attack.
Tips for reducing allergens in your house:
- Remove carpet that can harbor dust & dust mites. Use hardwood floors or linoleum and washable area rugs. If you have carpet you can’t remove then use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Keep pets out of the child’s sleeping area, at a minimum.
- Get rid of candles, air fresheners, plugins, etc.
- Go easy on the use of essential oils as these can also be problematic if used heavily.
- Switch to natural cleaners rather than heavily scented ones.
- Change your air filters regularly.
- Run the air conditioner during warm, humid weather to prevent mold.
- Clean floors weekly. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap dust & allergens.
- Wash area rugs & floor mats weekly.
- In the laundry, use an unscented laundry detergent. Get rid of fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Use natural products instead. Here’s my post on how to wash clothes for the chemically sensitive.
- Use washable curtains, preferably plain cotton.
- Reduce clutter & knick-knacks that will collect dust.
Do you have family members with asthma? What have you found helpful for them?
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