Children’s Indoor Allergies

From home to school to grandma’s house, find simple tips to help keep your child’s indoor allergy symptoms in check.

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Overview

Your home should be a fun, safe space for your little ones to play and grow. But for children with indoor allergiesX indoor allergies
Characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) commonly found indoors, such as mould spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also called perennial allergies). Indoor allergies tend to last longer than allergies caused by exposure to outdoor…
the house can also be the source of allergic reactions which cause symptoms like sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. Indoor allergiesX Indoor allergies
Characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) commonly found indoors, such as mould spores, pet dander, cockroaches or dust mites (also called perennial allergies). Indoor allergies tend to last longer than allergies caused by exposure to outdoor…
can happen any time of the year. However, since children often spend more time inside during colder months, indoor allergies can be especially troublesome in the winter.

Select an allergy to learn more:

PET ALLERGIES

DUST ALLERGIES

MOULD ALLERGIES

CHILDREN'S ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

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RUNNY NOSE
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ITCHY, WATERY EYES
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SNEEZING
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ITCHY NOSE OR THROAT
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NASAL CONGESTION
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Pet Allergies

If furry friends give your child a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, it’s not their fur that causes the allergic reaction. It’s the proteins found in the animal’s dander, dead skin cells, saliva or urine. These allergens are transported to the skin or fur, where children touch dogs and cats most often. These particles are so light that they can be transported in the air and carried on your child’s clothes and hair.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Most people think of dogs and cats when it comes to pet allergies. But the allergy-causing proteins in pet dander can also be found in hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and more.

Tips for Children with Pet Allergies

  • TAME FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS
    Keep furry family members out of your child’s bedroom and be sure to teach your child to wash his or her hands after playing with pets.
     
  • SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB
    If you have a pet, giving him or her regular baths can reduce your child’s exposure to their allergens.
     
  • BE PICKY ABOUT PETS
    Consider babysitting or fostering a pet before adopting to see if he or she affects your child’s allergies. Cats may cause more allergy symptoms than dogs. But remember, even furry animals that don't shed hair can cause pet allergy symptoms.
     
  • PLAY SMART
    If you are bringing your child to a playdate at a friend’s house, ask if they have pets so you can be prepared with allergy medicine if your child’s symptoms strike.
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Dust Allergies

Overview

Dust mitesX Dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
are found in the dust particles that collect naturally around your home. These microscopic creatures live off dead skin cells, hiding in household fabrics, such as pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture, blankets, carpets and stuffed animals.

Dust mites are more prevalent in humid areas of your home and during the summer months. However, if you live in a warmer, more humid climate, they’re prevalent year-round.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The average home may collect an estimated 18kg of dust each year.

Tips for Children with Dust Allergies

  • REDUCE DUST BUNNIES
    Toys, knick-knacks and other clutter can be magnets for dust mitesX dust mites
    A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
    and other allergens. Be sure to dust with a damp sponge or mop regularly and use a vacuum with a HEPAX HEPA
    High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that removes particles in the air by forcing it through screens containing microscopic pores where it is captured.
    filter or double bag. Store all your child's clothes in drawers and closets to help reduce dust build-up.
     
  • SLEEP TIGHT
    To help reduce allergenX allergen
    A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
    build-up, wash all bedding and blankets regularly in hot water (at least 60°C). Always follow washing directions. Vacuum your child’s mattress every two weeks or use a special dust-mite cover for his or her mattress and pillow. You can also invest in hypoallergenicX hypoallergenic
    Products designed to be less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
    pillows, mattresses and furniture.
     
  • TAKE STUFFED ANIMALS FOR A SPIN
    Dust mite droppings can build up on stuffed animal fluff over time. To kill these microscopic allergy triggers, wash stuffed animals in hot water regularly. It’s also a good idea to limit the number of stuffed animals on your child’s bed to one or two favourites, so they’re exposed to fewer dust mites at night.
     
  • DITCH THE CARPET
    Wall-to-wall carpeting is soft and cosy on little feet, but it’s also a magnet for many indoor allergens, including dust, pet dander and mouldX mould
    Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
    spores. Consider replacing carpet with hardwood floors.
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Mould Allergies

Overview

Microscopic mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
spores that float in the air like pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
can trigger mould allergies.

Tips for Kids with Mould Allergies

  • CLEAN HOUSE
    Help prevent mould with regular bathroom and utility room cleaning. Don’t leave damp laundry lying in the washing machine for long periods of time. Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles, grouting and fixtures with mould-killing and mould-preventing products. Use machine washable bath mats in the bathroom.
     
  • DEHUMIDIFY
    Keep the relative humidity in your home below 50 percent. You can get a hygrometer (humidity monitor) at many hardware stores to measure your home’s humidity. When it’s humid, place a dehumidifier in damp areas and your child’s bedroom to keep humidity in check.
     
  • GO HYPOALLERGENICX HYPOALLERGENIC
    Products designed to be less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

    So be sure to check the label for “hypoallergenicX hypoallergenic
    Products designed to be less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
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