When she coughs, it sounds like a freight train rumbling through her lungs. It physically hurts my heart to listen to her. Up all night, one cough bleeding in to the next. There are a few things more painful than watching your child suffer. And this is a cough I know well. I’ve battled it my entire life.
It often starts as allergies around the change of seasons, but can manifest in to something much more serious if we don’t take good care of her and protect our home.
Spring cleaning to prevent allergies from taking hold in our home is incredibly important. Since we know what triggers her (dust, mold, some pollens and yes, cockroaches), we tailor our cleaning to cater to this information, but I wanted to offer you some general tips based on what I have learned from being a mom of a kid with allergies (and suffering myself).
Clean Often - Not your favorite suggestion, right? But it is true. Vacuuming and dusting are standard – but consider using a microfiber cloth to dust as it will, in my experience, capture more of the offending mites instead of spreading them around… and your vacuum cleaner does need to be emptied regularly. In addition, make sure you Spring tackle the ‘big jobs’ – the blinds, the windowsills and the running boards, to capture the dirt and dust that may be hiding.
Start in the bedroom - Since so much of her coughing worsens at night, we knew we needed to concentrate on her room. Clearly, cleaning well and often is important, but you can also purchase allergy proof covers for both the mattress itself and pillows. And don’t worry – these covers aren’t like sleeping on your grandmother’s mattress any longer. They can be found in cotton.
Replace Filters - I know, you don’t see them, so you don’t think about them all the time, but replacing the air conditioning filters in your home is a must. Dirty ones will only recycle the dusty air you are trying to keep away from the allergy sufferers in your home.
Keep the Windows closed - There are few things we LOVE to do more on a beautiful Spring day (especially one of the first of the year) than opening the windows to let some of the fresh air in. Unfortunately, in our home, it just isn’t the right thing to do. With that fresh air comes a film of yellow pollen, blanketing all of the hard surfaces (somewhat easy to clean) and everything else you can’t even see.
Keeping allergies at bay – especially during the change of seasons is a priority for us in our home. Do you have any other ‘cleaning’ suggestions that have worked well for you?