May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month, and the 2015 allergy season has already been an extremely active one!
If you think your allergies are worse than usual, you may be right – warmer falls and exceptionally cold winters as we had this past year can cause trees and plants to produce more pollen.
Some tips to help keep your little one’s seasonal allergies in “check”:
- Leave your shoes at the door. This can keep you from tracking pollen into your home.
- Adjust your indoor humidity level to a lower setting (or use a dehumidifier) to keep mold from growing in your home.
- Change filters in your home frequently.
- Keep windows closed – fresh air smells great, but it can allow high pollen levels inside your home.
- Bathe or shower after spending time outdoors
- Wipe off your pets when they come in from spending time outdoors.
- Dust and vacuum your home frequently – wear a dust mask if you are sensitive to dust.
- Avoid hanging laundry outdoors where pollen can “contaminate” it.
- Avoid outdoor activities in the early morning when pollen counts are at the highest level.
- Consider using a portable HEPA air purifier in your bedroom.