Ways to protect kids from harmful pollutants in the house
Make no mistake: indoor pollutants are real. They are harmful, especially for children and are usually not visible to the naked eye. Here are some tips to protect kids from these harmful indoor pollutants at home.
Having a husband whose asthma only developed in adulthood means the kids are also at risk of developing this condition once the allergen triggers set in. Mostly, these allergens come from dust or polluted areas. That's why, we have a regular cleaning routine to avoid the accumulation of dirt and dust.
But as much as we want to protect our kids from the pollutants that may possibly trigger their asthma attacks, I cannot be with them 24/7. I also can't ensure that they will be pollutant-free. For one, we live in the very heart of Metro Manila surrounded by vehicles, dust on the streets, garbage, and more. My eldest commutes already, my second, though he takes a bus service going home and is still exposed to outdoor pollutants day in day out.
I must say, my toddler didn’t escape from those pollutants even from the safe boundaries at home. This is where we find our Dyson Pure Cool helpful and useful.This is a wake-up call, indoor pollutants are real. They are not visible, but harmful. Little that we know, these microscopic particles when inhaled, may cause illness especially to children. Concrete examples are the invisible specks from the food we cook, it’s not enough that we eliminate the smell but we make sure that there’s no lingering particles in the air. Allow me to share with you some of the things we do at home to protect kids from these harmful indoor pollutants.
- Invest in a top notch air purifier such as Dyson Pure Cool. They say, prevention is better than cure. TRUE! These things we do regularly are to clean the things we can see that are dirty or dusty, but what about the pollutants we don't see? How do we clean them? How do we protect the kids from these? The answer to these are air purifiers, but not just any air purifier, make that Dyson Pure Cool.
- NO smoking rule in the house. Thankfully, none of us smokes. But for our visiting relatives and friends in the house, we really impose a NO SMOKING rule, especially in enclosed spaces such as the toilet, as secondhand smoke may trigger asthma attacks (which we are trying our best to avoid), coughing/wheezing, and other lung problems
- Wash and change sheets often. Dirt and dust accumulate in our pillowcases and bed sheets. Bed sheets should be replaced every week while pillow cases every three to four days. These sheets are what we lie down on every night and the dirt (sweat, dead skin cells, and more) from our own bodies gets trapped or accumulates over time. If we don't change the sheets regularly, pimples, eczema flare ups, itchiness, skin irritability, asthma (our fear) could be among the bad effects.
- DAILY CLEAN UP is necessary, use natural cleaners. Cleaning surfaces, (like tables, kitchen counters, etc), items we often touch (door knobs, staircase rail, closet handles, etc) and the floor is a big help in protecting the whole family from buildup of bacteria, mold and dirt - which are harmful and could make us sick. As a stay-at-home mom since February of this year, I've never cleaned so much. It made me realize how much I relied on the household help, who of course does not have the same concern for my child as much as I do. I use natural ingredients such as baking soda paste to clean ovens, sea salt and lemon juice for pots and pans, and more. Less chemicals means less exposure to indoor pollutants. A cleaner home means fewer chances of kids getting sick due to pollutants.
Dyson Pure Cool senses and reports particles and gases in real time. It has a sealed filtration system which captures 99.95% of particle pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. It projects purified air around the whole room using the Air Multiplier™ technology. Then it mixes and circulates the air, to reach every corner of the room. You can also intelligently control and monitor your air quality, with the Dyson Link app.
I found out in the first few days how "polluted" our room is through the Dyson Pure Cool’s reports. The good thing about having an app to capture the condition of the air we regularly breathe is that I can access it anywhere, and it gives me some peace of mind that the once unclean air is now being purified. This then relieves my usual fear of bad air circulation, especially in our room which usually has poor ventilation (it’s always enclosed). I get to know the room's temperature, the quality of air in the room, the humidity level, which are all vital in ensuring that my family is protected more.See the spikes in these graphs? I noticed whenever we open the windows in the morning, it spikes to that level. I figured it must be the dust in the wind from outside upon opening the windows plus the smoke coming from the cars’ engine pipes along our common garage. I also noticed there’s spike in the afternoon at early evening when I cook our meals.
We badly needed this technology at home. My husband, who regularly couldn't breathe properly at night, now has a more peaceful sleep. My kids, who I fear might acquire asthma if allergens like dust and dirt trigger it, can be protected from these indoor air pollutants. Thanks to the technology of Dyson Pure Cool, I can finally say that HOME is not only where the heart is, but also where the health is.