Clean Sweep: Five Ways to Protect Your Child From Allergic AsthmaApril 8, 2013
| Between work, errands and child care, housecleaning may fall to the bottom of the priority list for busy parents. But a recent study linking asthma with household dust may be reason to put more energy into tidying up.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health identified a bacterial protein found in dust that caused allergic asthma in laboratory mice. While more studies need to be done, the lead researcher suggested that regular cleaning may protect children from asthma attacks.
It may seem obvious that keeping a clean house reduces dust and allergies, however there are some specific steps parents and caretakers can take to protect their children.
4. Clean smarter, not harder.
5. Go online.
Asthma is one of the most common childhood illnesses, yet it can be hard to diagnose in children under age 5. If you think your child may be asthmatic, ask your pediatrician for an assessment and recommendations.
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