Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #1: Use allergen-proof bedding encasings
Is it possible to make your child’s bedroom trigger free? There are many challenges parents face to ensure their child’s safety and well-being. Having a child with asthma, we do some things to help minimize the triggers in our home, most especially the bedroom. It is important to concentrate more on the child’s bedroom because it is a place where, depending on the age of your child can spend as much as 8-18 hours a day.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #1: Use allergen-proof bedding encasings.
If you are replacing your child’s pillow cases, as well as cover sheets for your child’s mattress and box spring choose the allergen-proof encasings. Dust mites, which are one of the top asthma triggers, love the warm, humid conditions of our bedding. A typical used mattress ha about 100,000 to 10 million mites inside! Overtime, your child will have allergic reactions as the dust mites continue to grow and live in the mattresses. They will start to sneeze, have itchy, watery eyes and would start to wheeze. Encasings are an integral part of keeping these types of allergens controlled.
Using these encasings can trap the dust mites, blocking them from their constant food source (your child’s shed and dead skin cells) and they eventually die. Any mite allergen is then completely blocked by the encasing from getting into the air your child breathes. The theory behind the allergen-proof encasings is that it should be less breathable, the smaller the pores the better.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #2: Wash bed linens weekly in 130-degree water.
Some allergens, such as dust mites, would still survive after washing in mild water temperature so washing with hot water helps kill these allergens.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #3: Use washable area carpets.
It is highly suggested to use wood or laminate floor or any non-carpet floor covering. If you must use an area carpet over your wood or laminate floor, please choose a washable type so that you can wash at least once a week.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #4: Use or Buy only washable stuffed animals.
There are stuff animals that you buy that are non-washable; these can trigger asthma because dusts and pollens can get trapped on them. If you use washable types, you can wash them often to remove allergens.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #5: Vacuum and dust weekly.
Removing the dirt and dust from your floor and other surfaces like the furniture in the kid’s bedroom as often as once a week can reduce or help prevent asthma triggers.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #6: Don’t allow pets in the house, especially in bedrooms.
Since most pet dander can trigger asthma, do not let your pets inside your kid’s bedroom. If you can avoid altogether for your child’s sake, leave them outside.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #7: Restrict smoking in the house.
Even if you smoke outside, try to stay away from the entrance or windows. Cigarette smoke is an asthma trigger, so remember to avoid smoking inside the house. Also, remember, even if you smoke in the basement, smoke will filter through the vents to all parts of the house.
Steps to an Asthma Trigger Free Kid’s Bedroom #8: Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter for pet dander.
There are a lot of air purifier products that you can purchase for your kid’s room. Buy one that has been tried and tested and has pet dander filter. Make sure to also clean the purifier as often as possible to eliminate the re-emergence of the allergens.
While it may seem that keeping your kid’s room trigger-free as very challenging, it’s not impossible. After taking care of your child’s bedroom, work on other parts of the house- like the play rooms, the family room, and other bedrooms. You can control the spread of allergens if you tackle each place as soon as possible.