Preventing allergies such as hayfever is not always about medications, especially for babies.
Minimising exposure to possible triggers is the key.
Here are some tips on how to minimise allergens in each room in your home:
Minimise dust in the bedroom by having wooden flooring, using washable rugs, and minimising ornaments, books and magazines in the bedroom.
Use synthetic or cotton curtains and bedding and wash at least every 3 months. If you have pets, keep them out of the bedroom.
Close the window on high pollen count days.
Minimise mould in the bathroom by replacing or washing shower curtains and bathmats regularly.
Maximise ventilation by keeping the window open and installing an extractor fan.
If you have one already, run it for at least 15 minutes after showering to reduce moisture levels. Use washable rugs and mats on tiled flooring and wash regularly.
Like the bedroom, keep the window open for ventilation but close the window on high pollen count and high pollution level days.
An air purifier can also help remove dust and pollen from the air. Display ornaments in a cabinet to minimise the accumulation of dust.
Wash sofa covers and curtains with allergy-friendly laundry detergent every couple of weeks. Rather than using a feather duster, use a damp cloth to clean dust off surfaces.
Minimise mould by using water-resistant wall grout around tiles. A lidded bin will also help minimise allergen triggers but make sure it is emptied daily.
Like the bathroom, a ventilated extractor fan can help remove fumes and excess moisture in the kitchen.
Clean your fridge regularly and discard any mouldy or expired food.
Making some changes in your home can help minimise exposing your baby to allergy triggers at home.
If these do not help, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about treatment options for your baby.
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