Preventing allergies such as hayfever is not always about medications, especially for babies.

Minimising exposure to possible triggers is the key.

Here are some tips on how to minimise allergens in each room in your home:

Bedroom

Minimise dust in the bedroom by having wooden flooring, using washable rugs, and minimising ornaments, books and magazines in the bedroom.

Use synthetic or cotton curtains and bedding and wash at least every 3 months.  If you have pets, keep them out of the bedroom.

Close the window on high pollen count days.

Bathroom

Minimise mould in the bathroom by replacing or washing shower curtains and bathmats regularly.

Maximise ventilation by keeping the window open and installing an extractor fan.

If you have one already, run it for at least 15 minutes after showering to reduce moisture levels. Use washable rugs and mats on tiled flooring and wash regularly.

Living Room

Like the bedroom, keep the window open for ventilation but close the window on high pollen count and high pollution level days.

An air purifier can also help remove dust and pollen from the air. Display ornaments in a cabinet to minimise the accumulation of dust.

Wash sofa covers and curtains with allergy-friendly laundry detergent every couple of weeks. Rather than using a feather duster, use a damp cloth to clean dust off surfaces.

Kitchen

Minimise mould by using water-resistant wall grout around tiles.  A lidded bin will also help minimise allergen triggers but make sure it is emptied daily.

Like the bathroom, a ventilated extractor fan can help remove fumes and excess moisture in the kitchen.

Clean your fridge regularly and discard any mouldy or expired food.

Making some changes in your home can help minimise exposing your baby to allergy triggers at home.

If these do not help, speak to your doctor or pharmacist about treatment options for your baby.

Do you have any other tips to add to the list? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Thanks heaps for all your suggestions.

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  • Great tips, thanks for this, my son has eczema so these idea’s will help :)

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  • Our house had all vinyl floor coverings in the bedrooms. When I was about 18 a carpet square was put in my bedroom after which I kept getting appalling earaches. The Dr. decided it must be an allergy. It was one the ladies at work who asked if I had carpet in my bedroom. Goodbye carpet, an immediate disappearance of persistent earaches. carpet also holds a lot of dust, dirt off shoes, slippers, feet etc., pet dander if pets rub up against you then drops on the floor. If possible buy sofas with removable washable covers. Rotate the food in your refrigerator. Washing Machine – if safe to do so, after doing the washing leave the lid open for the inside of it to try and not encourage mould or mildew. Ensure you clean its filters after each wash day. If you know it is likely to have a lot of lint in it empty it after loads. Leave them somewhere safe to dry if you can. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. They pick up a lot more dust etc. than standard ones do. The only books I tend to keep in bedrooms as the ones that are currently being read. For the rest an old fashioned bookcase with doors helps to keep the dust and damp atmosphere from them.

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  • Thank you for these great ideas.

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  • Great tips for keeping the home allergy free.

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  • Exhaust fans and heat lamps in the bathroom to reduce moisture, look at the bedding materials eg. doona etc. that is hypoallergenic, suited for asthma sufferers, etc., open windows and doors when weather permits for air flow.

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  • Thank you for the helpful tips.

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  • yep try to keep the home white glove ready!

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  • Oh! I just remember that we had an air purifier in my daughter’s bedroom during the first three years of her life.

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  • I would add removing all the carpets in the house. Just tiles or laminated floors.
    And first dust the furniture, then hoover the house. Not the opposite.

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  • Great list here.
    I suffer from allergies and hayfever so try to keep our house as dust and allergy free as possible but it isn’t always easy.
    I think my bubs has some dust/hayfever allergies too.

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  • great list here of good tips – as a parent of an allergy sufferer I am all too aware of how important it is to ensure that allergy prevention is high on the list of cleaning jobs

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  • Not fool proof, nothing is but good tips none the less thank you.

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  • Lke kd

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  • allergy free is not as easy as this at least I don’t think… plus I think that kids these days need to be ecsposed .. to a bit more as everything is germ free we used to be outside in the dirt and playing when we were young

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