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As you have seen in my last few posts, I like to keep a clean and tidy house. So, I was a little shocked when my kids became pretty sick a couple of months ago that I had to take them to the urgent care in Queen Anne. I wasn’t surprised they were sick, I was surprised why they were. My boys had been waking up with itchy throats and lots of phlegm. I thought it was just allergy season and adjusting to our new climate. It wasn’t until my oldest son was really wheezy and was having trouble breathing. We’d been to doctors before and they said it might be a cold induced asthma. We got a couple of inhalers but it didn’t really help. At the urgent care, my son had to be given steroids, breathing treatments and x rays just to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia. I was a little shaken up to say the least. How could I have let it get to that point? The doctor suggested I go to an allergy specialist to see what was causing this. About $900 later, the ENT doctor told us after pricking my baby’s back and seeing it swell up like the biggest bug bites I’d ever seen, that he was pretty much allergic to everything outside. That isn’t to say he can’t play outside but he has to make sure to use his inhaler twice a day, everyday for the rest of his life. And the other culprits were indoors. Dust Mites. Dang you dust mites. I thought dust mites were only in not so clean homes. I was only slightly offended that he thought I’d have any sort of mites in my home but after doing a lot of reading and research I found this tidbit sadly true. Dust mites are pretty much everywhere like carpeting, upholstered furniture and bedding. Again, dang those dust mites.
So what am I supposed to do to make sure my son isn’t inhaling these particles that will cause his asthma to flare up? I can’t get rid of all the bedding in the entire house or take out the carpeting since we are renting. I was given a few tips of things I can do to reduce his reaction. *Note- I am no doctor. I am just sharing what I have learned as a Mom and seen what has been working for my child*
1. Get rid of or limit stuffed animals in the bedroom. Even all the blankets. I put our extra blankets in their closet and shut the door. The less bedding the better. Dust mites love to burrow in those warm humid places. Not sure what the scientific reasoning of how it is better to be behind closed doors but that is what the doctor suggested.
2. Get rid of down or foam bedding. Any and all of it. I was so bummed because when we moved a few months ago, I bought them all new bedding, including down pillows and comforters. Seriously. But I wanted my kids to get better so I just got rid of them.
3. Cover pillows, mattress and comforters in dust mite proof covers- not just hypoallergenic, dust mite proof. Since my boys share a room, I got them each dust mite proof mattress covers, pillow cases and a dust mite proof comforter from Amazon. I use a regular duvet cover and pillow cases and sheets to make their room not look like an asylum. Just sayin.
4. Carpet is a no-no. We have carpet in all the rooms and downstairs in the playroom and hardwood floors in the main rooms: dining, kitchen and living and tile in the bathrooms. Since we are renting we can’t remove the carpeting. I can, however, vacuum the crap out of it. Quite literally. I’ve been vacumming using the Eureka SuctionSeal 2.0 that I got from Walmart on everything because it works on every surface I have.
*It’s on Rollback at Walmart for $129 from $148.88*
Since we can’t do anything about the carpeting, I vacuum pretty regularly. The main rooms daily, including the rug. I only do that because my kids wreak havoc in the dining room. Yikes. When vacuuming, it doesn’t scatter all those crumbs everywhere. It is pretty loud though so I can’t vacuum when the kids are sleeping. And then the bedrooms and downstairs I vacuum weekly. It is nice that I don’t have to change the heads for hardwood and carpet. I can do it all at once. When I am done with the carpets, I change the head to the angular one to suck up all the dust on the baseboards. The wide flexible tube makes it easy to get to those hard to reach places like behind the beds and in the closet corners.
It has a high efficiency allergen filter which eases my nerves a bit so I use the upholstery brush to vacuum their mattress and our basement couch weekly…ish. The HEPA filters will supposedly filter out these particles but I’m happy with our results.
Just watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkTNgZVapZw&feature=youtu.be
5. Wash all their bedding once a week. I used to push it to every other week when we didn’t have any nighttime accidents. Bad mom. Every week. In hot water (130 degrees+) to kill those pesky things. The dust mite proof bedding might have different washing instructions so just make sure to look.
Cleaning, really cleaning, the boys’ room is a full day’s job. A mom’s full day job- you know with a myriad of interruptions. But once a week it needs to get done. The health of my boys is vital and I do not want to have my son wheezing and afraid like that again. I hope this helps some of you that may be in the same predicament. Any of you have any tips to reduce allergen particles? Or a sacrifice you’ve had to make for the sake of the health of your kids?