Childhood Asthma

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I had asthma as a child so I understand it can be difficult to live with. When dust mites affect children, many times parents are not aware since they are invisible. Allergies, we all get them, but when we notice our children tackling more than just a bout with the sniffles, we want to know the source of their suffering. While pollen is accepted as the biggest culprit of indoor air pollution, there is a sinister allergy trigger lurking in your home that you might be completely unaware of, Dust mites.

Dust mites can irritate allergies and negatively affect our health, and that of our children. To protect your family and learn how to eliminate dust mites, consider a few helpful tips and bits of information to start down the right path.

How Do Dust Mites Cause Allergies?

According to the CDC, dust mites are one of the most common sources of indoor air pollution. They can also trigger an asthma attack in asthmatic children. As microscopic bugs, dust mites feed off our dead skin cells, and thrive in dusty environments. Their droppings can cause severe allergies because of the proteins they contain. When we inhale them into our lungs or rub our skin against them, our bodies rush to protect us causing an allergic reaction. Children are most vulnerable, because their immune systems haven’t fully developed.

How to Prevent Dust Mites

Now that you know how dust mites can trigger asthma in your children, let’s discuss a few ways to prevent and eliminate them from your home.

  • Remove food sources for Dust Mites (Vacuum Floors, instead of sweeping)
  • Wash and completely dry bedding on a regular basis
  • Encase your bedding in dust-proof covers
  • Use roll down blinds instead of drapery for windows
  • Remove wall-to-wall carpet & replace with wood or tile

Steps to Take to Kill Dust Mites

No matter how clean your home is, however, dust mites and mold can continue. If you notice that your child is still suffering from allergies even after you take preventive steps, then you need to know how to remove dust mites from your home. Here are a few simple tips to help you:

  • Eliminate Clutter and Dust Collecting Surfaces
  • Purchase Washable Stuffed Toys for Children & Pets
  • Use a Dampened or Oiled Rag to Remove Dust
  • Choose a Vacuum with a HEPA filter to kill dust mites
  • Purchase & Install a high-efficiency media filter in your air conditioner and furnace unit.

Children and families suffering from allergies caused by dust mites can reduce their negative health effects by learning how to eliminate and prevent them before they become a bigger problem. Protect your family and yourself, and invest in proper protection to enjoy a home free of dust mites!

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