Keeping kids inside their rooms to escape the winter’s cold seems like a good idea, but parents may be unknowingly exposing children to allergy and asthma triggers. Winter weather means more time inside, and, for children with indoor allergies, it’s important that the many hours spent in the bedroom sleeping, playing, and doing homework are allergen-free. Indoor allergies can cause symptoms including stuffy or runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, asthma, and skin rashes.
Studies have shown that avoidance measures can be just as effective as drug therapy for controlling these symptoms. We offer the following tips to help create an allergy-free zone and prevent sneezing and wheezing for the rest of the winter season:
Lower the Humidity:
Keep tabs on the indoor humidity in your home, and keep it below 50%. Use a dehumidifier if necessary.
Keep the Moisture Out:
Clean bathrooms, kitchens, and basements regularly and keep them well-aired. Make sure to also repair all water leaks.
Prep the Furnace:
Change filters before winter and every three months; use filters with a MERV rating of 8 to 12. A MERV rating tells you how well the filter removes dust from the air as it passes through the filter. Leave the fan “on” to create whole-house filtration.
Not sure exactly what’s making your child’s symptoms act up? Here at MASA, we can help ease your child’s suffering by identifying their allergy or asthma triggers and prescribing treatment. Call us at 309-452-0995 or 217-717-4404 to book an appointment today!