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The beautiful Fall season is almost here which also signifies the unfortunate beginning of environmental allergies and eczema for my youngest daughters along with millions of other fellow allergy sufferers. Although my girls have a long list of medications on order to combat their allergies, we try to navigate as naturally as possible and only use them when absolutely necessary. Because prevention is a significant aspect in allergies and eczema, I take several measures to aid in decreasing my daughters exposure to allergens. Listed below are my top 5 favorite ways to help decrease allergy symptoms in children so your little one can have a healthy and happy Fall!
1. Use a laundry detergent recommended for sensitive skin. Because your little one’s clothing and linens are next to their skin everyday, it’s important to choose a detergent that won’t further irritate already sensitive skin. all® Free Clear is an excellent option for several reasons*. Not only has it been awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association for being free of dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues, but it is also the #1 detergent recommended by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin. Another huge benefit of this detergent is that with each wash, approximately 99% of everyday and seasonal allergens will be removed including dog/cat dander, dust mite matter, ragweed pollen, grass/tree pollen.
2. Use a dehumidifier regularly. Dust mites, which are one of the most common allergy triggers, thrive in a warm and moist environment. Keeping your home’s humidity level below 50% and regularly washing linens in hot water will help to ward off these microscopic mites that live in blankets, sheets, and carpets.
3. Keep windows shut and use air conditioner. Keeping windows closed and using your air conditioner will help keep pollens out so that your little ones are breathing more purified air. I also avoid taking my girls out in the early afternoon as this is a peak time for pollens.
4. Frequent soothing oatmeal baths for sensitive skin. Giving your little ones baths on a daily basis helps remove all the allergens that have collected on the skin. It also removes moisture from the skin, so it’s important to moisturize after each bath with an ointment. I like to give my girls oatmeal baths if their skin is especially itchy from eczema. To make an oatmeal bath combine 1 cup of ground oatmeal and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Place in a warm bath to help soothe skin.
5. Vacuum regularly. Carpets will hold every allergen from pet dander to dust mites and pollen, so its important to vacuum at least once a week to eliminate these triggers. It also important to use a vacuum thats equipped with a HEPA filter as it will trap fine particle allergens. Once you have vacuumed a room stay out of it for about 30 minutes so any dust that was picked up will be settled.
Keeping on top of childhood allergies can feel overwhelming but prevention is key! I shop for most of my daughters allergies needs at Giant Food Stores which also has a huge assortment of all® Free Clear products. I typically use the traditional liquid all® Free Clear detergent but I also love the convenience of the all® Free Clear mighty pacs®. These small single dose detergent packs can just be dropped right into the washer — no measuring cup or mess! Aside from being a preferred detergent for sensitive skin, all® free clear also fights tough stains, whitens whites, and brightens colors! Head over to your local retailer to pick up all® Free Clear products to help keep stains and allergens away!
*All® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies