Creating a Healthier Home for Your Children ~ Filtrete Blog Tour

Posted by Jenna | Thursday, April 07, 2011

As a mom of two little ones, I do my best to make healthy choices for my family. Whether it be the food we eat, the cleaners we use or the toys I buy...I want to make sure that they are healthy and safe. Making sure my kids wash their hands, keep toys out of their mouths and using natural cleaners and products whenever possible are just a few ways to do this...but there's one more thing that is also very important to focus on...indoor air quality.

With a child's organs and respiratory, immune and neurological systems still developing, they can be very sensitive to harmful substances such as certain chemicals, particles and allergens in the air. As someone who struggles with allergies myself (and have since I was very young), I found Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), Dr Alanna Levin's ABC's to help maintain a healthier home environment for children very interesting!

  • A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child's bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
  • B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air. These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don't neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.
Since I'm very sensitive to things like air fresheners, perfumes, etc...we try to keep them out of our home. We also choose to use Filtrete filters. They help clean the air and filter airborne particles and allergens. Filtrete actually has a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M that captures 94% of large airborne particles like dust, pollen and mold spores. It also captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles, such as smoke, smog and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses, than ordinary fiberglass filters. What a great way to health make indoor air safer and healthier!

For more healthy home living tips, money saving offers, filter change reminders and more, you can register to receive seasonal e-newsletters through the Clear Advantages program. You can also get these and more by following Filtrete on Twitter.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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