Magazine article Working Mother

Controlling Kids' Allergies

Magazine article Working Mother

Controlling Kids' Allergies

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From now through June is peak spring pollen season for most areas of the country. Molds and dust mites can also increase as everything thaws and humidity rises. If you suspect your child might have allergies (see box), try these tips from Marjorie Slankard, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University.

Keep an allergic child indoors from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., when pollen levels are highest.

Close the windows and turn the airconditioning on, or use special pollentrapping filters on windows.

Have your child take a shower and change her clothes after being outside on a high-pollen day, as pollen can stick to hair and clothing.

Wash sheets in hot water to kill dust mites, and don't hang clothes to dry outside, where pollen can attach to them.

Use dust-proof covers on bedding and keep only a few washable stuffed toys on her bed to control dust mites. …

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