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Bedding to consider for children with allergies
When deciding what bedding to buy for your child, you may be surprised to discover that there’s a world of fluffy duvets to be had, along with a grand palate of mattresses, pillows and protectors that all offer different advantages to conventional bedding.
Causes of bedtime allergies
Although all your children may want is bright and exciting bedding to keep them comfortable at night; as adults we know that there’s more to it than that.
In the United Kingdom alone, 1 in 11 children suffer from asthma (that’s 1.1 million), and as many as 1 in 5 children suffer from atopic (allergic) eczema. With as figures as high as this, it is very important that we help our children as much as possible to get them through their illnesses and allergies.
Bedding itself can become a cause of both these problems; with dust, bacteria and mites (on average between 100,000 to 10 million) all living within our beds; it is important that we help combat these in cases where they affect a person or child to such a degree. Thankfully, besides regularly changing the bedding, there are other ways in which you can ease the allergies of your children.
Combating them at bedtime
One such way of combating bedtime allergies is by buying anti bacterial duvets and pillows, which you can purchase from the thebeddingcompany.co.uk, which also supplies Silentnight bedding. Anti-bacterial bedding provides protection against both dust mites (which can sometimes add up to 10% of the mass of a pillow) and bacteria, which is useful for children who suffer from both eczema and asthma. With anti-bacterial bedding available in all forms, such as mattress protectors, pillows and duvets, you can protect your child from exposure while they sleep.
But how do you recognise allergies caused by dust mites?
Interestingly, it is the protein substance in the faeces of dust mites which causes an allergic reaction in humans. This happens because once that the faeces is inhaled or in contact with skin, our bodies produce antibodies which then causes the release of histamines; which are, in effect, the consequences of an allergic reaction. Here are some of the symptoms in which dust mites may cause;
- Itchy and watering eyes.
- Continual sneezing
- Hay fever
- Asthmatic reaction
- Rashes of the body and or eczema.
Poor ventilation, combined with high temperatures and humidity can also increase the severity of the reactions as well as create a perfect breeding ground for the mites.
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What other bedtime allergies are there?
Besides the aforementioned causes, mould spores and pollen can quite often cause an allergic reaction amongst children. As pollen is often the cause of many ailments, especially during spring and early summer, most people often dismiss pollen as being the cause of bedtime allergies, as the two are not often linked. It is therefore important to keep windows and doors closed during high pollen counts to ensure that they do not get trapped inside the bedroom during the night.
If you find that none of the aforementioned solutions have eased your child’s problems, you could consider installing wooden flooring around the house as carpets naturally attracts dust, pollen and other such entities.