Summer vacation means that kids are spending more time at home than at any other time of the year. If you have wheezy kids you’re probably already aware that certain areas in the house, such as children’s bedrooms, need to be wheezy-friendly — but did you know that there are other parts of the home that people often overlook?
This time of year is the perfect opportunity to make your home more asthma and allergen friendly. After all, it’s the place where you and your family spend the most time!
Asthma Friendly Home Maintenance
Maintaining the structure of your home can go a long way in ensuring that no nasty mold and pest problems occur. Mold in the house can be particularly problematic for people with a respiratory illness. Take a look around the exterior of your home and look for cracks in your siding or the mortar. You should also pay special attention to windows and doors, and ensure that the sealing around them has not broken down. Water that enters the home can become a persistent problem, especially for a wheezy household.
Asthma Friendly Cleaning Products
If your child is wheezy, it’s crucial that you keep your home clean, especially from dust and dust mites. We know — cleaning isn’t fun! — and although it may be tempting to grab the first cleaning product you come across on the supermarket shelf, many cleaning products actually contain ingredients that may make wheezing worse.
Heavily scented products such as detergents, fabric softeners, and air fresheners can compromise your homes indoor air quality, and increase wheezing.
Try to be mindful of the chemicals you use around your home and make sure you are opting for safe and natural alternatives, such as baking soda and water. You can also use fragrance-free products or ones that are certified green by the EPA.
How to Make Your Bedroom Asthma-Friendly
One of the main allergens in the home that can make wheezing worse are dust and dust mites. Bedrooms and beds provide the ideal feeding and breeding ground for these pesky pests.
The good news is that you can easily find encasements for mattresses and pillow protectors that are specially designed to protect against dust mites. These anti-allergen cases help to prevent dust mites from taking hold in your bedding. It is important to remember that even with anti-allergen cases, you should still aim to launder your bedding at least once a week in very hot water.
How to Make Your Living Area Asthma-Friendly
Carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture are attractive playgrounds for dust mites, as well as mold spores and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOC’s are a type of domestic pollutant and can negatively impact the air quality in your home.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your furnishings, opt for hard materials such as wood or leather, which are not only allergy-friendly, but also easy to clean — useful for wheezy households and households with sticky little hands!
Consider swapping out heavy curtains and window drapes for wooden blinds, this will further reduce the areas that dust can accumulate in the home and irritate wheezy airways.
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