When Allergies keep you from sleeping

When I was pregnant one of the biggest topics I read about in all the expectant books and websites was on what kind of mattress to choose. What I found was that the best mattress to get is a hypoallergenic mattress because you never know what allergies your child could have.

Allergies affects your immune system from a reaction to a foreign substance. May it be from pollen, bee venom, or pet dander.  It is important to protect yourself while you are sleeping or in rooms of the house that can absorb these products.
The whole process of your immune system is to produce substances known as antibodies, which protect you from unwanted substances that often make your sick or that can cause an infection. . When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify your particular allergen as something harmful, even though it isn't. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system's reaction inflames your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system. 

ways to protect yourself from allergies in your house is:

1) Be sure you can wash and remove it from your house: to wash your sheets and blankets often. As for couches, be sure you purchase couches that have washable covers like futons.
2) Cotton is hypoallergenic meaning it doesn't irritate sensitive skin or cause allergies...so buy cotton covers for you couches, cotton futons, and cotton mattresses and bedding.
3) 100% pure latex is hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial, and dust mite resistant..buy latex mattresses and pillows
4) according to Babycenter.com:

Here are the best ways to reduce your child's exposure to the most common allergens: Dust mites
Dust mites live in fabrics and carpets and are common in every room of the house. But children are usually exposed to the most dust mites in the bedroom, where mattresses and pillows are veritable dust-mite condominiums.

The following steps may seem like a lot of work, but they really help.
"Parents who take these steps might expect a 60 to 70 percent rate of improvement in their child's allergies," says Virant, "and this should markedly cut down the level of medication needed for the problem."-
    • Encase your child's mattress in an impenetrable cover made of very tightly woven fabric, found at allergy supply stores. Unlike vinyl covers, these provide a barrier that's breathable and not crinkly. Avoid big, fluffy comforters and use blankets instead.
    • Wash bedding once a week in hot water to kill dust mites. Set your water heater to about 130 degrees Fahrenheit before laundering bedding, and warn family members that the water will be hotter than usual. Be sure to turn the water heater back down (to about 120 to 125 degrees) afterward so family members won't scald themselves when they wash their hands or shower.
    • Avoid piling up stuffed animals in your child's room – they're dust-mite magnets. Wash the few favorites your child can't live without in hot water weekly or stick them in the freezer for an overnight killing frost.
    • Dust and vacuum weekly or every other week, but make sure your child isn't in the room when you do it. Dusting and vacuuming stir up residual dust-mite particles in the room. Wet mopping can help prevent this.
    • Consider investing in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency-particulate-arresting) filter, which traps even microscopic particles that pass right through ordinary vacuum cleaners.
    • If your child has a severe dust mite allergy, consider replacing carpeting with a smooth floor like hardwood or vinyl.
    • Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioners monthly during seasons they're in use. Have heating ducts cleaned each fall
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