Protecting Children Against Allergies
Ever since I was a child, I have always suffered form allergies. I am allergic to grass, pollen and dust. In fact, one year I developed hayfever so bad as a child, that I woke up with my eyes glued together. I could not open them. I recall this happening several times in the summer and on this momentous occasion, the white of my eyeball had turned brown. This meant another trip to the doctor, eye drops and an eye patch for a week.
25 years later, I think allergy awareness is much more common. There are things we can do as parents or adults to reduce allergic reactions for us and our children. By following these simple ideas we can reduce the chances of a severe allergic reaction.
We can be careful with the foods we eat. As an early years teacher, we had a child who was allergic to peanuts so we avoided products that had traces of peanuts. Peanut butter was banned from the children’s centre and the child’s parents brought in his own food. However one day this child’s faced suddenly ballooned. He was sat next to a child who had peanut butter sandwiches unbeknown to the teachers and suddenly we were dealing with an anaphylactic shock. I had to administer an emergency injection and call and ambulance.
Being very careful to keep “danger” foods away from kids with allergies is really important.
Some children can be allergic to pets and animals. I am allergic to cats and certain dogs. When we chose our Bichon Frise Yoda, we went for a dog who doesn’t shed and has short hair. If you do have pets it is a good idea to keep them outside as much as possible and to wash long haired pets regular.
Mould, Hayfever and Grass Allergies
Mould can cause serious health symptoms. It is really important to keep your home dry and well ventilated. If you have a damp area with lots of condensation, maybe invest in a dehumidifier and do your best to get rid of any mould or problem areas in the home. When it comes to hayfever, it is good to stay indoors and avoid really grassy areas when the pollen count is really high. However if kids are anything like I was as a child, they may want to go out and play. In which case, I’d recommend seeing a doctor to discuss a suitable allergy medication to help prevent reactions in summer.
Dust Mite Allergies
Dust mites and House dust mite allergies are very common. These are often connected to asthma, eczema and perennial allergic rhinitis. Children can be exposed to home dust mite allergen in bed as well as from floors and surfaces.
You can take precautions by purchasing allergy proof duvets, covers, bedding and washing blankets and sheets regular to reduce the amount of dust mite in your child’s room. Another good idea, which we do in our home is have wooden flooring instead of carpets. This helps reduce the amount of dust in the home.
Keeping the bed allergy and dust free is important to us and this month I was sent a Silent Night Anti-allergy mattress protector from Sleepy People. I was really pleased as my daughter is currently using a King size bed this protector fit her bed perfectly. Not only does the mattress protector prolong the life our mattress, it is hygenic and non allergenic and has an anti-allergy filling that protects against dustmites and bacteria. I’m really pleased with this protector so far.
I think buying non-allergenic bedding, washing it regular, washing curtains, cleaning floors and surfaces will help reduce the amount of Dust mite in the home. It can also help fight bacteria which may be lurking.
Does your kids have allergies? Do you have any tips for this?
We were gifted the bed protector in return for this blog post.