Tips For Controlling Seasonal Allergies At Home

Tips For Controlling Seasonal Allergies At Home

pollen041612.jpg Here in the midwest, we can thank the mild winter and wonky spring for what is shaping up to be a terrible allergy season. This is particularly challenging for little kids; immunotherapy is not an option for the under five set, and antihistamines can produce some rough side effects. Short of constructing a Travolta-esque bubble, parents can do some simple things to prevent and mitigate allergies at home.

Here are a few tips to help families through allergy season:

• Change clothes and wash hands and faces after outdoor play. This keeps allergens off of little bodies and prevents their spread throughout the house.
• Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
• Keep tabs on pollen and mold counts. High count days are good days to keep windows shut, turn on AC and skip line-drying the laundry. Pollen.com is a great resource — they have free apps for iphone and Android users.
• Be vigilant about cleaning window treatments, throw pillows, rugs and any other allergen magnets.
• Keep allergic kids indoors when you are mowing the lawn or gardening.
• Bathe your pets! Last year I was relieved to learn that my kid is not allergic to our dachshund, but the little low-rider tracks in all kinds of allergens. Keeping our dog clean is a win for everyone, especially since he has seasonal allergies too.

What are you doing to minimize allergies at home?

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