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.
1. Shut the Windows
it’s fine to leave one or two open a crack to let gases out and fresh air in. But otherwise, turn on the air conditioning to clean, cool and dry the air. High humidity encourages the growth of moulds and can attract cockroaches.
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.
4. Shower After Being Outdoors
It’s yet another way to exile outdoor allergens, which can easily collect on your skin, hair, and clothing, then be transferred to your hands, face and pillowcase.
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.
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.