Parents TV offers insight into keeping a home for a child with asthma. Find out tips from parents who have experienced it,
and what to do if this condition hits home.
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Audra Lowe: Air quality in the home is a crucial consideration for families suffering from asthma because triggers can lurk all over the house. So Anne gets some advice from eco-expert about how to improve our home environment.
Female Speaker: Pierce Evans is a happy, healthy 19-month old. But just 7 months ago a bout with bronchiolitis landed him in the hospital, and eventually led to an asthma diagnosis. Mom, Tenille Tatum Evans and her husband sprung into action.
Tenille Tatum Evans: We took out the rugs, we took curtains out of his room, we changed the curtains and the living room, took curtains that are very easily washed, we put an air purifier in his bedroom.
Female Speaker: Eco-healthy home expert Robin Wilson says they did the right thing.
Robin Wilson: Having a clean home environment is the only thing you can do to calm down the triggers and make sure that your home is eco-healthy.
Female Speaker: And today she is at Tenille's home to tell us how.
Robin Wilson: So I heard that you have asthma and allergy, and Pierce we are going to try to find some solutions exactly, we are going to look at the floor and we are going to find some solutions so you are not wheezing and sneezing anymore.
Tenille Tatum Evans: Say yeah.
Robin Wilson: Okay one of the things that you've done, which I admire, is you've got curtains that you can actually wash, so Pierce is not wheezing and sneezing. You also removed I notice the flooring, you have hard wood floor, that is the number one thing that every family with a child with asthma and allergy should do because it's easy to clean, and you don't have the dust gathering within the carpet or the places that you can't find it.
One other thing that we definitely want to make sure is that you have an air-purifier in the spaces that your child is going to be playing in most of the time, and I notice you have one in the nursery. Well here we are in the nursery trying now to implement some of the tips that we talked about and the number one thing I mentioned is the dust mite is your enemy.
So there are two ways you can be proactive with dust mites and Stuffed Animals. A) Keep them out of the crib when the child is sleeping at night, but if you do have a special friend or special Stuffed Animal that helps a child go to sleep, make sure you wash it once a week at least in hot water or that you're putting it in a freezer and then you can brush the dust mites off. So let's get some of the Stuffed Animals out of the crib and one thing you are going to love is this bag that we are putting it into will contain all the dust mites and it can also be washed and organic cotton so there is no formaldehyde, no pesticide.
Anne Ebeling: And Robin says, don't forget the bathroom. It may seem clean but asthma triggers could still be hanging around in your towels or on the floor in your bathroom rugs.
Robin Wilson: Right here is bamboo floor rug, I want you to touch, so I'm actually going to ask you to touch this, isn't it wonderful?
Tenille Tatum Evans: It's really soft.
Robin Wilson: Yeah, and this is something people forget about their bathroom, you don't want the chemical shower curtains, that PVC shower curtains or vinyl, you want bamboo and you want a nylon shower curtain because that's actually healthier for your space. And over here we have bamboo towels, no pesticides, no toxins, they are hypoallergenic naturally. So this is also a, an organic cotton pillowcase. And that's the kind of thing when your child does need a pillowcase that you could definitely use. And finally BabyGanics, this is one of the newest organic cleaning products. It has whole plethora of non-toxic cleansing products.
Female Speaker: Simple steps, so little ones can breathe easy.
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