Changing Items to Reduce Allergens

In this week’s series of tips from Dr. Alanna Levine, the pediatrician has covered A for Avoiding Allergens and B for Balance. Today’s final installment of tips from the pediatrician features ways to improve your home in terms of change:

C for Change

Change items that are easy to neglect, but are important for maintaining a healthier home.

  • Vacuum away the dirt. If you have carpet, vacuum it often and thoroughly. You should also change the vacuum cleaner bag on  a monthly basis.

How this applies to pet families:  We have carpeting in only one room (which, ironically, is my office) but we vacuum it and all our area rugs often as well as our hardwood floors. If we don’t, the tumbleweeds of hair might very well get together and form a new pet. And I don’t even want to think about the pet dander…

  • Clean even what you can’t see. Don’t forget to clean what you can’t see – the air you and your child breathe. Use a high performance  filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M, and be sure to change the filter every  three months.

How this applies to pet families:  We use Filtrete filters in our system but we change them even more often (hey, with four cats and two dogs, they get a workout).

  • Fix faucets. Mold can be found year-round throughout the home, especially in areas of high moisture. Bathrooms  and damp basements are common areas for mold growth, so be sure to repair leaky faucets and pipes.

How this applies to pet families:  If you have a cat like our Coco, you know that it can be fun for them to slap at dripping faucets. It’s fun for them and it’s cute…but it’s not cute enough to suffer to mold allergies that dripping faucet can trigger.