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We almost wait for it – the first buds of spring and the allergy attacks.
Overnight, our homes become breeding grounds for bacteria, fungi, mould and millions of dreaded dust mites.
Each night we shed tiny dead flakes of skin which dust mites use as food before excreting it throughout our homes – in particular our mattresses and bedding, carpeting, furniture and, worst of all, the air we breathe.
The latest research from Oxford University shows that these allergies are now linked to learning problems as well as ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
According to Avin Levy – MD for SoPure Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company specialising in the production of safe, non-toxic products for the alleviation of dust mites, bed bugs and pet allergies – explains that: “Crèches have recently seen an influx of youngsters, which means more skin flakes and more moisture, which dust mites thrive on.”
Dust mites are also one of the most common causes of asthma, respiratory and allergenic reactions in children in South Africa. A recent World Health Organisation study shows that 25 percent of all preventable diseases are because of a poor physical environment, with more than 40 percent of affected children less than five years of age.
To join in the alleviation of these allergens, why not check if your child’s crèche is aware of this danger and offer to share this information with them?
* When it’s windy or dusty, avoid playing around trees, grass and plants – it’s better to play outdoors after it rains.
* Keep windows and doors (also including in cars) closed when pollen counts are high – use air conditioning if you have it.
* Change children’s clothes when they come in from outside.
* Watch out for mould spores. Keep mouldy walls and floors clean, and watch out for damp areas in bathrooms and kitchens.
* Don’t have too many indoor plants.
* Get rid of piles of leaves, weeds and old firewood outside.
* Use humidifiers.
* Keep pets out of bedrooms and off furniture.
* Clean your children’s pillows and bedding often.
* Bath children at bedtime to remove allergens, dust, pollen and pet dander from skin and hair. – Lifestyle Reporter