I work very hard to maintain a clean household. With four kids, two dogs, three cats and a husband I feel like I am fighting a losing battle but I keep at it nonetheless because that is my job as their wife/mother. I have done research on childhood allergies, asthma and illness since I became a mother, Chase had childhood asthma although he seems to be unaffected by it anymore. I am not sure if it is the change of environment or my choice in cleaners and air filters in our house.
Most people who have allergies do develop them in childhood so I would much prefer to try to prevent at all costs to help save my children a lifetime of pain and suffering. Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), has shared with us the ABC’s to help keep a healthier home environment for children:
- A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child’s bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
- B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air. These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
- C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don’t neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.
We do make it a point in our household to change our air filter in our furnace at least once every three months to ensure that our air quality is maintained at the best it can be. As you I am sure can guess our choice in air filters is Filtrete, my mother in law uses these in her home and highly recommends them so when we bought our home it was a natural choice that we would go with the Filtrete ones too and have never regretted that decision.
Filtrete has developed their Clear Advantages section on their website which has tips and tricks on keeping your environment healthy, gives you some coupons, even gives you access to an app that allows you to look up your filter size no matter where you are. I absolutely love that you can register for email reminders of when you need to change your filters, I don’t always remember with so much going on. Thanks Filtrete for looking out for my families health!!!
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”