Anti-Allergy Advice for a Childs Bed

Anti-Allergy Advice for a Childs Bed

Allergic reactions to house dust mites and their allergens causes sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, tight chest and skin rashes. Avoidance measures in your child’s bedroom should be adopted as a key part of a management programme.

The only true way of preventing bedding allergies is through allergen avoidance, which is not easy and requires specialist techniques and an ongoing commitment to cleanliness. To help reduce allergen levels yourself you can do the following:

  • Cover existing duvets and pillows with anti-allergy bedding covers, such as an Anti Allergy Duvet Protector and an Anti allergy pillow protector. Encase your child’s mattress in a barrier cover such as an Anti allergy mattress protector as this will significantly reduce contact with the allergen.
  • Wipe the barrier covers with a damp cloth when changing the bed.
  • Wash all bed linen weekly at 60°C, the temperature that kills dust mites and their allergens, using non-biological washing powder/liquid or washing powder/liquid suitable for sensitive skin.
  • If the bedding cannot take high temperatures add benzyl benzoate solution to the wash then rinse thoroughly.
  • Use cotton sheets.
  • Wash the duvet and pillows every 3 months at 60°C, the temperature that kills dust mites and their allergens. We highly recommend the Children's Supersoft Anti-Allergy Duvet which may be washed at 60°C in a domestic machine and dries particularly quickly when hung out to dry, or may be tumble-dried.
  • Do not have soft toys sitting on the bed as house dust mites love to live in them. By removing all but a favourite soft toy from the bedroom at night, you will lessen the house dust mites in your child’s room and bed. Every month, all soft toys should be either placed in the freezer for at least 24 hours or washed (in a pillow case).
  • Wipe tops and slats of bedroom furniture with damp cloth daily.
  • Keep your child’s bedroom well ventilated by opening windows and by slightly lowering the temperature of the central heating you can greatly improve the air quality and reduce indoor allergens.
  • To further reduce house dust mites and their allergen, vacuum carpets everyday and curtains three times a week with a vacuum cleaner that has a Hepa filter.

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