A runny nose is only one of the many symptoms that may indicate a baby allergy. If your child has red, itchy eyes, rubs their nose often and when you wipe their nose the discharge is clear, these are other indicators of an allergy. Typically children do not show signs of outdoor allergies until the age of three. Though indoor pollutants such as mold and dust may affect children as young as six months. Here are some steps to help prevent baby allergies in the home.
Look for telltale signs of allergens in your baby
Watch when your baby experiences symptoms the most, excessive sneezing or fussiness because of itchy eyes, etc. If they exhibit heightened symptoms while in their crib, the culprit may be dust mites in the crib bedding or dust or mold in the nursery.
A thorough cleaning may reduce allergens in a specific environment like the baby’s room. Dust everything, including normally unnoticeable areas like the blades on a ceiling fan, vents in the room and the tops of door sills. Also look for signs of mold, possibly around windows where moisture is getting in. Replace crib bedding with hypoallergenic mattresses and sheets.
Run an air purifier in the nursery. Check out air purifier reviews to find the best one for your needs. However, a HEPA air purifier is key for cleaning indoor air, capturing most airborne particles including allergens. You may also want to get one that has a carbon filter for odors, a nice feature for diaper changes. Many air purifiers like the AeraMax Baby Air Purifiers have extra quiet performance so as not to disturb babies as they sleep.
Whether for allergies or asthma, or simply as a well-being measure to help improve your indoor air, selecting the right air purifier for your home can be a daunting task. With so many models available, it can be difficult the choose the best air cleaner for your needs. Here are some simple tips to help make your air purifier selection:
Insight into Air Purifier Filters
- True HEPA filter. This is a must-have feature for any air purifier purchase. This filter type safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Selecting an air purifier with this filter ensures the highest performance for cleaning indoor air.
- Treated filters. If you are looking for extra clean air, you might look for HEPA filters with antimicrobial treatment. This provides built-in protection from the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and fungi on the True HEPA filter.
- Carbon filters. Though not necessarily cleaning the air, carbon filters are great for reducing household odors. It’s perfect for any location in the home where odors tend to occur regularly. Carbon filter air purifiers are especially great for a baby’s room air purifier where dirty diapers leave their trademark scent. You may want to look for an air purifier with both True HEPA and carbon filters in the same machine.
Determining Air Purifier Room Size
Often air cleaners are selected based entirely on price. But this can be deceiving, and probably disappointing when you find out that your air purifier doesn’t seem to be performing as well as you thought. Smaller air purifiers may be less expensive, but may not clean the air in the room size you have at home. Be sure to measure the space where you want to use your air purifier so you can make the best choice in terms of air coverage.
100-200 square feet ( great for small rooms like nurseries or a home office)
200-400 square feet (perfect for average size rooms like bedrooms)
300-600 square feet (covers large areas like big family rooms or living rooms)
Other features to consider:
- If you suffer from allergies or want to keep your indoor clean during cold and flu season, consider air purifiers with added performance features during these key periods like Aera+ Mode
- Filter change indicators are great to help maintain clean air filters without having to continually check inside the machine. An indicator light simply tells you when it is time to get a new filter. This feature is especially helpful for air purifiers that run continuously.
- Quiet performance. Allergy sufferers often run air purifiers while they sleep. An air purifier that runs quietly is essential for peaceful rest with cleaner air.
- Pet air purifiers. If you have pets, that means dander and odors are something you contend with daily. Pet air purifiers assist with cleaning the air of pet-related airborne particles.