By leading airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg from HayMax
“If your toddler develops an allergy to your pet it can be miserable and debilitating, with unpleasant symptoms similar to hay fever. However, unless they are severely allergic, there are lots of ways to avoid the allergens so that your child can live comfortably with their pet.”
“Pet allergy symptoms include sore, itchy, watery, red eyes; sneezing and wheezing; and cold like symptoms such as a runny nose. In fact, many parents think their child has hay fever or a cold when their symptoms are in fact a result of spending time with their pet.”
“Your toddler could try using a natural organic drug free allergen barrier balm to reduce the amount of allergen in the body. HayMax Kids (www.haymax.biz) applied to the nostrils and bones of the eyes in the morning and throughout the day, has been proven to trap pet allergens before they enter the body , where they can cause symptoms. Less allergen, less reaction!”
“Make sure that your dog or cat is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pet allergens and pollen particles from its coat and keep pets out of the room in which you sleep, so there’s less pet ‘dander’. Use allergy friendly mattress covers and bedding. Keep blankets, as well as cuddly toys, in a cupboard to prevent the build up of allergens.”
“Consider using an air filter/purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the pet allergen particles. Damp dust surfaces regularly; this prevents particles being dispersed into the air compared to ‘dry’ dusting. And vacuum regularly. It may also be beneficial to install “Allergy Friendly” flooring.”
References Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.