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.

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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.

Food Allergies

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.

Animal Allergies

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.

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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?

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We were gifted the bed protector in return for this blog post.

20 Comments

  1. Thankfully my daughter doesn’t seem to have any allergies. My brother had though, I remember he would easily start sneezing away with about just anything. Or he’ll eat something and then his eyes would get all puffy. He never leaves the house without antihistamine. x

  2. Non-allergenic bedding is brilliant. We use it, too! Keeping surfaces dust free is also the key. That mattress protector sounds perfect and it prolongs the life of the mattress too, you really can not go wrong. xx

    1. I know. I do think if we have knowledge on how to decrease them/reduce the effects then that is a benefit but yes lots of things can cause an allergy flare up!

  3. Great post!!! Having a daughter with a severe peanut allergy, means we have to take extra caution everywhere we go, travelling or not, and these are excellent tips.

  4. My husband and I both have allergies, so air quality is important to us. We find dehumidifiers to be excellent technology for better breathing at home along with allergy good bedding.

  5. Thanks for sharing valuable article Angela, Dust mite allergen triggers asthma attacks and is one of the most common causes of asthma attacks.. This is primarily because dust mites are found nearly everywhere, especially indoors .

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