Apr 14, 2014
Tips for Families to Prevent Allergies
- Keep windows and doors closed during high pollen count times and stay inside on the driest, windiest days to minimize exposure to seasonal allergens.
- Use high-particulate air (HEPA) filters inside to reduce most airborne contaminants, especially in bedroom locations.
- In humid areas, use a dehumidifier to limit mold development.
- Buy allergy-proof bedding, including mattress and pillow case covers, to reduce allergy symptoms, and regularly wash sheets, blankets and pillow cases in hot water.
- Stuffed animals and real animals alike can contribute to allergic rhinitis, so wash them frequently.
- Consider removing carpeting in bedrooms or use area rugs which can be cleaned regularly.
- Vacuum all carpets and floor surfaces weekly with a HEPA-filter equipped appliance.
- Limit lawn mowing and other gardening activities at peak allergy times; avoid use of chemical pesticides and outdoor products.
- Use environmentally- and health-safe household cleaners.
- Eat healthy, whole organic foods with plenty of anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
- Avoid use of herbal products and foods that can cross react with seasonal allergens; for some people this may include Echinacea species and certain fruits and vegetables (this is known as the “oral allergy syndrome”).
- To prevent allergic disease in babies, consider perinatal avoidance of known food allergens especially if there’s a family history of atopic disease; breastfeeding is known to be protective as well.
- Try a saline rinse device called a “neti pot” to clear pollen from the nasal cavities. Even children as young as 2 or 3 years old can be taught how to use one.
- Look into using specific natural health product supplements, like probiotics and essential fatty acids, which may lower your risk of developing allergies.
- Think about taking up a stress-coping technique, like yoga or meditation.