Has your child been sneezing a lot more lately, or more irritable? A lot of times young children cannot communicate what is wrong, so as parents, we need to pay attention to the details.
I noticed my child was tired, even after what I thought was a good nightâ€™s sleep. And certain times of the year, I thought Snow White had lost one of her dwarfsâ€¦Sneezy.
Unfortunately, I recognized the signs. I knew that I had passed my knack for picking up allergies on to my child. I was determined to find out how we could both get the upper hand over the enemy.
Knowing my child could not take a hay fever treatment like I can as an adult, I dove into my favorite pastime, the Internet to learn more about how to live allergy free, or close to it.
If you have our â€˜goodâ€™ fortune, read on.
Keeping the House Clean
Itâ€™s nearly an impossible feat with kids, I know. Phyllis Diller once said that â€œCleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.â€ So true, isnâ€™t it?
However, I at least try to keep it clean. It might look like a tornado went through at times, but underneath the rubble itâ€™s clean.
I purchased a HEPA vacuum, which is good for picking up more allergens such as dust mites, and pet dander than a tradition vacuum. Even if you donâ€™t have carpet, chances are you have area rugs that need a little more than a beating on the deck. Not to mention, unless you are wearing a mask while shaking it out, you are going to fill your lungs with the very thing you are trying to get rid of.
For other cleaning, such as the windows, dusting, and laundry, I use organically made products. They work just as well, and give me assurance that I am not bringing additional harmful chemicals into our home.
Finally, I love our air purifiers. So much so, that I have one in each of the bedrooms. They not only work to help clear the air of pollutants, but also drown out unwanted noises during the night.
Changing the Sheets
Iâ€™m not talking about doing laundry, although that helps. What Iâ€™m referring to here is to change out the bedding for all natural and organic items that donâ€™t have the chemicals that traditional cotton items do.
This is an area that our nose and mouth meld with for a few hours at a time. I donâ€™t know about you, but I prefer to not be up close and personal with those chemicals.
Mattresses and pillows are available in hypoallergenic forms as well, and are just as comfortable as traditional.
By changing out the linens, window treatments, and even carpet for natural products, you are providing your little ones a safer place to lay their head.
Toys and Things
As I mentioned earlier, kids cannot take an allergic rhinitis remedy like adults. So, this is why I want to focus a moment on toys.
Toys have a funny way of showing up in kids mouths, which is why itâ€™s so important to make sure my kidâ€™s toys are organic, through early childhood at least. The chemicals and toxins of the plastics and paints that some toys are made of is something I donâ€™t want exposure to, let alone my children.
There are plenty of toys that are toxin free, and they just happen to be battery free as well. This is an added bonus because organic toys are said to stimulate imagination in children, more than other toys.
It makes sense to me. If a child just has to push a button for the toy to do whatever it can, it leaves very little to the imagination, at least compared to a wooden train. The child will learn to make the noise, and move it by interacting with the toy, rather than pushing the button.
Here is just a small sample of organic toys you can easily find:
- Spinning top
- Sand box toys
- Teething toys
- Rocking horse
- Building blocks
- Teddy Bear
Protecting my children was enough motivation, but the added bonus of stimulating imagination is also wonderful. One day at the store my oldest was questioning what she would do with a toy she saw, because it seemed to do everything on its own. I just smiled.
Hopefully I have been able to help you with ideas, or encourage you to look further into how this can benefit your family.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa Cameron is a freelance writer, who chooses to write on topics that she has found helpful for her family and loves to share them with others. These topics include living with allergies, parenting, and living a full and productive life, frugally. She and her husband have two young children, and live next to her parents in Austin, TX. When she is not spending time with her family, she can be found searching for the best deals and innovative ideas to better their home.