THE ALLERGIC CHILD
MOST COMMON ALLERGIC FOODS
Pork, milk, eggs, wheat, corn, oat, peas, beans, tomatoes, onions, peaches, pineapple, pears, plums, nuts, peanuts, apricots, strawberries, oranges, mustard, black pepper, chocolate, cocoa, fish,shellfish, artificial coloring and flavoring.
REMOVE ALL PETS
-Dogs, cats, birds and fish
Molds can be found almost everywhere in the home, but grow especially
well in dark, damp places such as cellars or in
bedrooms where vaporizers have been used. A dehumidifier will help.
HOW TO DESENSITIZE A ROOM
- Keep all clothes in closets, never lying about the room.
- Keep closet and all other doors closed.
- No ornately carved furniture plain (simple designs catch less dust).
- Avoid books or bookcases, they are great dust catchers.
- Replace fabric upholstered chairs and hassock with ones covered by rubberized canvas or plastic.
- Wood or linoleum flooring. No rugs of any kind.
- No toys
NO STUFFEDANIMALS MADE OF FABRIC IN THE BEDROOM
Suffed Animal Toys must be included,they should be made of wood, plastic, or metal (never fabric).
- No pennant, picture or other dust catchers on the walls.
- Allergen-proof encasings are far superior to plastic for pillows, mattress and box springs.
- Vacuum mattress and pillow covers frequently.
- Washable cotton or synthetic blankets instead of fuzzy surfaced ones.
- Use easily laundered cotton bedspread instead of chenille.
- No kapok, feather, or foam rubber pillows. Use dacron or other synthetics. Foam rubber grows mold especially in damp areas.
- Install air-conditioning window unit or central air conditioning. Keep windows closed especially in summer. No electric fans.
- Install roll-up washable cotton or synthetic window shades.
- No venetian blinds.
- Use easily washed cotton or fiber glass curtains. No draperies.
- In houses with forced air heat, cost of centrally electrostatic air filter may be justified.
- In any case, filter or damp cheese cloth over inlet helps reduce dust circulation. Change filters at least every 2 wks.
- In unfinished basements seal the raw cement with a sealer.
Many substances are not in themselves allergens but will aggravate symptoms. Tobacco smoke is an especially strong irritant, the child should never be exposed directly to smoke,and there should be no smoking in areas of the house where the child spends any significant amount of time. Avoid the use of insect or other sprays in the child's room.