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Is a Germ-Free Home an Allergy-Free Home?

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As a parent, one of your main concerns in raising your child is the germs around the house. No parent would want to see an allergic reaction, or allergy symptoms such as allergy rashes in their child.

02/12/2015 - 17:42

As a parent, one of your main concerns in raising your child is the germs around the house. No parent would want to see an allergic reaction, or allergy symptoms such as allergy rashes in their child. It is a popular belief that germs are the cause of all diseases, and that a child’s growing environment should be germ free. It doesn’t help that every once in a while, there’s a flu that goes around the classroom or even the neighbourhood. However, while germs and hygiene are a cause for concern, there should be a balance when creating a healthy growing environment for your child. Here’s what you need to consider when you want an allergy-free home.

For starters, a 99.9% germ free home doesn’t really mean the absence of allergens, or an allergy-free home. The allergens, and your child’s reaction to it is what causes allergic symptoms. So, the complete removal of dirt doesn’t mean your child would have no risk of allergies occurring. In fact, your child’s allergies could come from the reaction to certain food types such as dairy. This is known as a food allergy.

Another thing to consider about germs is that when your child is exposed to germs naturally, it may offer a greater protection and a stronger immunity in later life. The idea behind it is that your child’s immune system needs training. Just like how vaccines work, the exposure to certain germs will train your child’s immune system to fight against it. Once your child’s immune system is used to the bacteria, it will learn to administer the appropriate reaction against the bacteria.

As part of having an allergy-free home, it is important to maintain good hygiene levels around the house. Certain allergy symptoms are triggered by allergens around the house. For example, if your child is allergic to house dust mites (HDM), it would be advisable to wash the bedsheets at least once a week in warm water and to sun the pillows and mattresses to kill the HDM that can be hiding there.

The most important thing when keeping your child’s allergies in check is to try to identify the trigger for his allergies and his reaction towards those allergies. Or, have your healthcare professional perform an allergy test. This will help you to manage the symptoms better either by avoiding those triggers altogether or by minimizing the exposure to them. Some symptoms of allergy include an itchy, runny or congested nose, sneezing, irritable airways, coughing, tight chest, wheezing, shortness of breath, as well as the itching, watering, inflammation of both eyes.

If your child is known to have allergies, remember to consult your health care professional on the appropriate treatment. Certain treatments which work for adults may not be appropriate for your child.

Lastly, it is important that you don’t blame yourself when your child has an allergic reaction. Sometimes, all the cleaning in the world doesn’t mean your child won’t have allergies. What you can do is to be ready with your doctor’s advice when your child has allergies.

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