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3 Ways To Reduce Your Child's Exposure To Pet Dander

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Discovering that your child has a pet dander allergy after bringing home a new dog or cat is upsetting, but fortunately, this doesn't mean that you can't have a pet. To control your child's allergies, you need to reduce their exposure to pet dander. Here are three ways to reduce your child's exposure to pet dander without getting rid of your pet.

Create pet-free areas inside your home

To give your allergic child some relief from the dander, create pet-free areas inside your home. Their bedroom should be one of these areas. If possible, create additional pet-free areas, like playrooms, so that your child doesn't feel trapped in their bedroom.

To keep the pet out of these areas, make sure to keep doors closed at all times. If you have a cat, make sure to keep the doors locked, too, as some cats are smart enough to open doors and can easily get into unlocked "pet-free" areas. 

Use HEPA filters

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are mechanical air cleaners. Air is forced through a finely-woven mesh screen, and allergen particles are trapped in the screen. Clean air is then released from the filter.

HEPA filters are able to filter out nearly all (99.97%) air particles that are 0.3 microns or larger. Since they are able to trap so many allergens, they can make a difference for allergy sufferers. If possible, place these filters in every pet-free room inside your home, but if that's not financially feasible, buy one and put it in your child's bedroom. 

Get rid of your carpets

Carpets can trap pet dander, and worse, they're hard to clean. This why carpets have been shown to trap 100 times more allergens than hard floors do. These allergens don't stay in the carpet, though; they are easily disturbed, so every time you walk across the carpet, the allergens are released into the air, where your allergic child can breathe them in.

To solve this problem, you need to get rid of your carpets. Replace the carpets with hard floors that are easy to sweep and mop, like tiles or hardwood flooring. Ideally, you should mop your floors at least once a week to keep dander under control.

If your child is allergic to your new pet, create pet-free areas within your home, invest in HEPA filters, and replace your carpet with hard floors. If these steps don't relieve your child's symptoms, take them to an allergist (like those at Asthma and Allergy Clinic).

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