This can include having air purifiers and other devices that work to reduce dust and other allergens, and it can also include changing some items of your home décor.
One area that can be particularly important to tackle if you have a family with allergies is the bedding you use. Bedding can be a hotbed for attracting things like dust mites that can exacerbate allergy problems.
So how, as a mom, do you choose the right allergy-friendly bedding? Below are some tips to help you get started.
Types of Fabric
When you’re choosing bedding for people in your family with allergies, it’s vital to consider the type of fabric first and foremost.
Some fabrics are specifically designed for allergies, but even if you don’t buy an allergy-specific product, natural fibers tend to work well for children and adults with allergies. Natural fibers include cotton, linen, and wool.
Natural fibers are inherently hypo-allergenic because they are breathable and they’re naturally mold-resistant and antibacterial.
Dust Mite Covers
A good option to improve the hypo-allergenic features of bedding in your home is to use a dust mite cover. These covers have zippers and a minuscule pore size, which is what allows them to protect against dust mites.
Dust mites tend to be abundant in bed environments because there are warmth and moisture, as well as dead skin cells that they can feed on. With a dust mite cover, you can protect your family against these allergens, and many options are made of 100% cotton, for even more hypoallergenic protection.
Consider Buckwheat Pillows
Buckwheat pillows may not sound like something that’s good for allergies, but in reality, the pillows are actually filled with buckwheat hulls, so they don’t have buckwheat flour, which is what tends to be aggravating for people with allergies.
Buckwheat pillows have great air circulation, so they stay cool and dry which is good for protecting against allergens, and these pillows are washable, so you can regularly clean them to make sure they don’t become dusty or molding.
Also, buckwheat pillows are naturally resistant to dust mites.
With allergy-friendly bedding, some items have inner membranes. What this means is that the membrane serves as a form of protection to keep allergens from coming through. Membrane bedding is a good option if anyone in your family has severe allergies, but it should be noted that this type of bedding tends to retain heat, rather than keeping you cool while you sleep.
A final factor to consider when you’re choosing bedding for family members with allergies is the pore size. It was touched on a bit above, but it’s a critical consideration. Pore size is an indication of the size of the weave opening of the fabric you choose. The smaller the pore size, the more potential allergens are going to be blocked.
To wrap up, it is possible to quickly make your home better suited to your family members with allergies, and bedding can be a great place to start.
Mum’s two cents
Seeing our loved ones, especially our children, suffer from allergies is absolutely frustrating. The fact that no medicine or drastic lifestyle change can totally eliminate it makes it even harder to cope with the situation. It is good to note, though, that we can effectively manage it by making conscious efforts to make our home more conducive for the members who suffer from allergies.
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