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Make a Mold-Free Bedroom

Mold in your home can add to your child's allergy symptoms. Inspect the bedroom for mold and its source:

  • Check carpeting for signs of mold or mildew, especially near windows.
  • Encourage your child to throw dirty clothing in a hamper, not on the floor. Don't leave damp or sweaty clothing for the long in the hamper, where it's a perfect breeding ground for mold. Empty the hamper daily.
  • If you noticed condensation on windows or window frames in your child's bedroom, investigate potential causes. Find out how to deal with them so they don't lead to mold.
  • Fix leaky pipes or roofs.

Get Picky with Pets

Allergies to pets are usually reactions to a protein in pet saliva, dead skin flakes (dander), or urine of a furry animal, not to an animal’s hair. There is no such thing as a hypo-allergenic dog or cat breed, though some animals tend to produce more allergens than others.

If you're thinking about getting a pet, consider one without fur or feathers. For instance, fish or a reptile shouldn't trigger child allergy symptoms.

If a dog, cat, or other furry animal is already part of your home and your hearts, try these measures:  

  • Keep your pet out of your child's bedroom.
  • Bathe your pet weekly to cut down on the dander he sheds -- in the bedroom and elsewhere.
  • Have a non-allergic person clean the animal cage.

Control Cockroaches

Cockroaches are bad news, and their droppings can cause severe allergy symptoms in some people. While they're often found in kitchens, they can easily make their way to other rooms.

Crumbs are a calling card to cockroaches. Make bedrooms in your home no-food zones.

Better yet, hire a service to rid your home of cockroaches. Seal any cracks or leaks that cockroaches may use to get into your house.

5 More Tips for Allergy-Free Bedrooms

These overall home strategies can also help:

  1. Ban smoking from the house. Tobacco smoke is not an allergen, but it can be an irritant and aggravate allergy or asthma symptoms.
  2. Dust and vacuum the house using a HEPA filter at least once a week.
  3. Consider installing a dehumidifier to keep the humidity level throughout your home below 50%. Don't forget to change the filter in your furnace before winter and every 3 months.
  4. To cut down on pollen, keep windows closed during high-pollen time. Use air conditioning instead.
  5. Don’t wear your shoes in the house. Leave them at the door to lessen the amount of outside allergens you can track in.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on October 29, 2014
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