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Allergies Keeping Your Child Inside?
Posted on June 21, 2010 by
Forty percent of U.S. children have seasonal allergies, but that doesn't mean they can't enjoy the summer -- pollen and all.
Below are a few tips on allergy prevention, as reported by Dr. Manny Alvarez, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey and author of The Check List
(Harper Collins, 2007).
- Prevention is the best treatment for seasonal allergies. Have you heard of spring cleaning? They don't call it that for nothing.
- If people in your household have allergies, it is important to do a thorough cleaning of the house, especially in the spring, by removing all the dust that has collected in your house over the winter.
- It's a good time to shampoo your rugs, vacuum all the nooks and crannies, and remove the mold from all kitchen, bathroom and garage surfaces.
- If you have allergies in the spring and summer, take a few precautionary steps to avoid bringing allergens back into the house.
- When you come in from the outdoors, don't bring the clothes you've worn outdoors into the bedroom; change in another part of the house and take a shower, if you can.
- Avoid being outdoors from the late morning to early afternoon, as those are the peak hours for pollen production. Keep your windows closed if you're really allergic.