You may not know that you’re in an allergy battle, but your children do. Each time one of them sniffles, coughs, or sneezes, those signs could point to allergies. Since the signs between colds and allergies are similar, you need to be certain which is which.
A sore throat could mean your child has allergy symptoms or worse problems such as asthma. The dust mites, allergens, and pet dander in your home’s air all contribute to air pollution. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 8.2 million people die from air pollution each year.
Several options exist to safeguard your children. Since your children may spend most of their time indoors, servicing your home’s HVAC unit can keep unwanted materials out of the air. One simple task to meet this goal is to change your system’s air filters. When looking for replacement air filters, which trap dust particles from entering your home’s HVAC system, look for air filters with higher MERV ratings. A higher rating means fewer allergens will circulate throughout your home. You should also install an air purifier in your home to reduce the amount of dust particles in the air.
You can find other ways to protect your children, including switching to hypoallergenic bedding. This type of bedding can keep your children from sleeping in a room full of allergens by putting a barrier between them and the particles that can trigger allergies. Discover more suggestions for easing allergies for children in the infographic below.