What You Can Do
Small changes to your home can make a big difference in how your child feels:
- Seal pillows, mattresses, and box springs in allergen-proof covers to keep dust mites away.
- Vacuum regularly to suck up indoor allergy triggers. Make sure your machine has a HEPA filter.
- Wash sheets and blankets every week or two in hot water. Put them in the dryer on a high setting to kill and clear away dust mites.
- If your child is allergic to dogs or cats, keep them out of his bedroom. Bathe the animal every week to help cut down on dander.
- Don't let your child with allergies clean out the cages of your pet mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, or rabbits. Give that chore to someone else in the family.
- Consider replacing carpet with hardwood, linoleum, or tile.
To prevent cockroach invasions, seal cracks and openings in your home, and follow these tips:
- Clean the kitchen regularly.
- Keep your home free of leaks and puddles of water.
- Store food in sealed containers.
- Use a garbage can with a lid.
- Put away pet-food dishes when they're not being used.
To reduce mold, use dehumidifiers in damp areas of your home. Make sure your kitchen, bathrooms, and basement have good ventilation. Also, use exhaust fans in the kitchen and in the bathroom.