5 Easy Ways to Protect Your Child From a Dust Mite Allergy


Dust mites are microscopic creatures that are related to spiders and ticks. They thrive in house dust. The proteins found in dust mite body parts and feces are the cause of allergic reactions in children who are sensitive to dust mite protein.

 

Step 1

 

Take all of the dust collecting items out of the child’s bedroom. These include;

 

  • Piles of clothes.
  • Boxes.
  • Woolen blankets. Use cotton or synthetic blankets as they tend to be less dusty.
  • Books on book shelves.
  • Get out large house plants.

 

Step 2

Cleaning and dusting the room;

 

  • Vacuum the mattress every fortnight.
  • Place a cheese cloth over the vents in the bedroom and all around the house to catch dust.
  • Dump dust the room when cleaning.
  • Remove the carpet from all concrete floors. Seal the floor with a vapor barrier, then cover it with a washable surface like linoleum of vinyl.

 

Step 3

Maintaining a dust mite free room;

 

  • Reduce the humidity in the room by increasing ventilation.
  • Make use of a high-filtration vacuum cleaner fitted with filters with the capability of retaining a high proportion of the minute particles.
  • Use a high-temperature steam cleaner to get rid of all mites effectively.
  • When need be, use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity indoors under 50% but more than 30%.

 

Step 4

Prevention

 

  • Use allergen-impermeable covers and zippers on mattresses and pillows.
  • Put electrical or duct tape over cover zippers to double block mites from coming and going.
  • Clean the mattresses in early spring and late winter. This kills any dust mites that could have survived the winter and reduces their numbers in the summer.
  • Ensure to have a regular house inspection for any dust mites that might have been missed.

 

Step 5

Seek medical help

 

Finally, if you believe that your child has asthma or an allergy, it is always important to seek the correct medical help. Testing done by an allergist is effective and safe for kids of all ages. Allergy tests with the right knowledge give precise information about what your child is allergic to and provide a medicinal way forward.

 

Dust mites settle in draperies, stuffed animals, carpets and upholstered furniture. They also love pillows, mattresses and soft beddings. If you suspect that your child is allergic to dust mites, to protect your child from a dust mite allergy follow these steps.

 

 

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