Friday, March 18, 2011

Healthy Home Tips from Filtrete and Dr. Alanna Levine!

With four boys, I’ve definitely learned to better tolerate things that used to disgust me! My boys are always putting things in their mouth (yes, even at age 7!), eating a snack after they’ve just played with a worm, and jumping into dirty puddles. It’s an ongoing battle to ensure that they stay away from harmful substances such as certain chemicals and allergens. This can be especially important for young children because their immune, neurological, and respiratory systems are still developing, so it’s hard to say how toxic substances might affect them. Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), has the following ABC tips to help you maintain a healthier home environment for your children:

A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child’s bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.

B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air. These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don’t neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M. It captures 94 percent of large airborne particles, such as household dust, pollen and mold spores, from the air passing through the filter. It also captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles, such as smoke, smog and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses, than ordinary fiberglass filters.

We live in Florida, where the air conditioning runs almost year round, so we’re very vigilant about changing our filters so that we’re circulating clean air into the house. You can find more healthy home living tips, money saving offers, filter change reminders and more when you register to receive seasonal e-newsletters from Filtrete through their Clear Advantages program. If you’re on Twitter, you can also get healthy home tips when you follow them at @Filtrete.

DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

1 comment:

  1. Simple. Informative. Straight to the point. Great post.


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