Almost all of us, at some point, wanted to experience having a pet. However, what if you already have a kid who is, unfortunately, allergic to dogs and cats? It can be challenging, deciding whether to get one or not.
However, do not fret, because you can still own a pet but there are limitations on how you will expose your child to them.
Here are some few strategies that you should know to help your child avoid instances which can trigger their pet allergy.
Keep Your Pets out of Your Child’s Room
The first rule of thumb is to stay away from pets when you are allergic to them. Another thing you should also consider is the level of allergy that your kid has. If it is severe, unfortunately, you cannot really push through with having a pet. Furthermore, if you currently have one, then it is time to find them a new home.
Unbeknownst to many people, pet fur is not the culprit for triggering the allergy of a person. The trigger is the pet’s saliva, urine and usually, pet dander. In this case, if your child is only mildly allergic to them, then installing an air purifier that filters out dust and pollen is advisable to ensure that your kids are always safe.
Purchase a Bed Protection Cover
A bed protection cover will act as a shield for your mattress to prevent stains and dust mites. When you have a pet, they are uncontrollable at times and some owners even sleep with them. To prevent the hassle of frequently deep cleaning your beds, having a bed protection cover will definitely help. Also, because it is easier to clean, this enables children who have allergies to be safe compared to using bedsheets alone.
Choose surfaces that are easier to clean and not upholsteries that pet dander can stick to. Having carpets at home will also most likely trigger allergies, not only in children but also in adults, especially if they do not clean their homes on a regular basis. If you have chairs that are upholstered, try investing in a steam cleaner as specks of dust can get into the crevices of the furniture. The steam cleaner can also be used to clean mattresses and carpets.
Weekly Bathing is Essential
Bathing your dogs and cats weekly can decrease the amount of pet dander they shed. However, it is best not to bathe them where your child takes a bath. This is because some of the dander may be left in the bathroom which can trigger their allergies.
Teach Your Child to Wash His/Her Hands
You have to teach your kid to wash his/her hands properly every time he/she touches any pets. Doing so will help make it a habit and teaching him about the benefits of washing his/her hands allows him/her to do it often.
It is completely up to the parents if they still decide to own a pet or not. However, if you are torn over it, you should always consider the health of your children.