12 Ways to Prevent Allergies Before They Start
Want to help your children lead an allergy-free life? Keep these facts in mind and you just might be able to.
2. Stay Away from Pollen
Limit outdoor excursions when the pollen and mould counts are high. Peak pollen times usually fall between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Avoid long periods outdoors on windy days, too, when dust, mould and pollen are blown about. Keep allergens out of your eyes by wearing wraparound sunglasses
3. Vacation in Low-Allergen Areas
The seashore is a good choice. Although the breeze is damp, levels of allergy-causing pollen tend to be low.
5. Hire Someone to Do Yard Work
Yard work can expose you to high levels of pollen and mould. Have trees and bushes pruned regularly to cut down on vegetation near doors and windows. Don’t use a leaf blower. These noisy yard tools spurt mould into the air at full force.
6. Keep Indoor Plants Dry
Wet soil encourages mould growth. Top posts with small pebbles or stones to help avoid this.
7. Get Your Child a Pet
Having an animal around in childhood seems to steer an immature immune system away from overreactions to animal dander. Studies of European children show that those who live on farms are in regular contact with animals are four times less likely to have hay fever or asthma than city-dwelling kids.
8. Encase the Beds
Cover the mattress, box spring and pillows with allergen-proof covers to keep dust mites in check.
9. Choose Feathers
Research from the University of Manchester in Great Britain found that synthetic fibre and foam pillows contain more dust mites than feather-filled pillows. The densely woven covers designed to keep the feathers in also help keep
10. Dust Less Often
For your children’s sake, leaving an occasional dust bunny under the bed could be a wise move. Doctors and the National Jewish Medical and Research Centre in Denver say that a molecule called endotoxin, found in ordinary house dust, appears to protect youngsters against allergy and asthma.
11. Roll Up the Rugs
Dust mites can’t live on bare wood. If you must have carpeting, vacuum often.