Monday, April 11, 2011

Dr. Levine ABC's to help maintain a Healthier Home (Filtrete Blog Tour)

My 9 year old daughter was diagnosed with Asthma when she was 4 years old.  We went on a school field trip to the farm, that weekend she was in the hospital.  The doctors said, they technically can't diagnose Asthma after only one attack, but it is clear that is what she has.  She has been struggling with it ever since.  
During our time in the hospital, they gave me a ton of literature on how to clean your home to help prevent Asthma and Allergies.  We had to scrub the walls, and keep up on them; wash sheets weekly in hot water; dust and vacuum constantly just to name a few things.  Another thing we were told to do was to use a good filter in our heater.  We went to the home improvement store and ended up buying a Filtrete filter, and have stuck with that brand after since.  

When I was asked to participate in a blog tour through Mom Central for Filtrete, I was really crossing fingers to get in on it.  I'm actually loyal to the brand, and our family has been using it for 5+ years now.  With 2 kids having Asthma and Allergies + hubby and I suffering from year long allergies, it is important to keep our house clean.  

Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), shares the ABC's to help maintain a healthier home environment for children:
  • 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.

Filtrete has a program that you can register for called Clear Advantages.  You will learn healthy home living tips, get money saving offers and you can even register for filter change reminders.  I love this part, how easy it is to forget when it is time to change your filter.  Even if you do it on the date seasons change like we do, it is easy to let that day pass without changing the filter!  

You can also follow them on Twitter at @Filtrete.

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.Like this post ~
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