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Reducing contact with airborne allergens such as dust and pollen can help prevent the onset of allergy symptoms in your preschooler. Here are some tips for helping your child breathe a little easier:
- Vacuum the floors and carpets on a regular basis (at least once a week).
- Wash your child's bedding weekly in hot water to eliminate dust mites.
- Remove any extra pillows and stuffed animals from the bed, since they are prone to collect dust mites.
- Cover pillows with an allergy-free pillow case protector.
- Keep windows closed in the car and house, especially when the pollen count is high.
- Don't hang laundry outside to dry, where it can collect allergens. Use a clothes dryer or hang inside.
- Bathe your child before bed every night to remove allergens that may have collected on his clothes and body throughout the day.
- Consider purchasing a portable room air cleaner for your child's bedroom to filter airborne particles and help him breathe easier.
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