your baby’s world as allergy-free as can be.1
- Wood or plastic chairs are best
for the baby's room.
- Do not use open book shelves.
- Be aware that overhead
mobiles collect dust.
- Display washable stuffed animals. Most should
be placed in a closed chest or closed closet.
- Avoid too many wall hangings
which collect dust. Washable “soft
structures” or frames that are cleaned with a damp cloth are
- Use vertical blinds as ruffled curtains and Venetian
blinds collect a lot of dust.
- Place the crib away from air vents.
- Remove carpets and
cover the floor with linoleum or vinyl.
- Remove feather pillows and comforters-replace
with ones having a synthetic filling (dacrom or foam); the washable
type is best in dust
- Baby bumpers should be simple; no ruffles or pleats.
the mattress top surfaces and sides in a plastic cover to prevent
dust collection. (see resources)
- Replace woolen blankets by nylon or Dacron
quilts, or by cotton cellular ones and wash
- Vacuum carpets daily or every other day. Avoid
liquid spills if carpet pad is to stay free of mold. A hardwood floor
with washable throw rug
- Thoroughly vacuum the mattress, the pillows,
and around the base of the bed or divan.
- Each day-“damp dust” the plastic mattress cover.
- Use a vacuum
cleaner with disposable paper bags. NOTE: If your child shares a bedroom-all
other beds in the room must be treated similarly.
- Change and wash pillow cases,
sheets, and under-blankets each week.
- Use light washable curtains and
- Clean levelers or shutters each week with a damp cloth.
humidifier use with your doctor, if your baby is mold allergic.
- A hepa
filter (which can be placed under the crib) may help decrease airborne
- Keep pets out of the baby's room as animal fur is a
Particular attention should
be directed toward removal of dust from upholstered furniture (which
harbors the type of dust to which your
child is sensitive.)
Vacuum this furniture at least twice a week, especially the head rest, arms,
and edges of the seats.
1“House Dust Mite Control Measures” by
Catherine G. Fuller, M.D., Board Certified Asthma and Allergy.