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Health Tip: If Your Child Is Allergic to Dust

Suggestions for what to do at home

(HealthDay News) -- If your child has a dust allergy, keeping the sniffles away can be a real challenge.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:

  • Choose a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and wait to vacuum until your child is out of the home.
  • Use a damp mop on non-carpeted floors at least once weekly. Wipe down surfaces (don't forget window sills and blinds) with a damp cloth.
  • Keep doors and windows closed, and run the air conditioner (with a clean filter).
  • Keep humidity levels relatively low to minimize dust mite infestation.

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