Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Filtrete Aids Your Family During Allergy Season and More

Most of my readers know how badly my kids suffer during allergy season. Their eyes swell, they get skin rashes, loads of tears and running noses which force them to live on allergy meds and stay indoors during the months you REALLY want to be outdoors. You know, the months in between too hot and too cold! 
Making thing easier on them during allergy season is an ongoing mission of mine which is why I was excited to be part of Mom Central's Filtrete Blog Tour. 
My husband is an HVAC guy thankfully which means we are already ahead of the curve when it comes to making the house environment safe for our kids. When we found out my son was allergic to trees and grass my husband put Central Air in immediately. Changing filters is one of the best ways to protect your home from those annoying allergens along with cleaning your vacuum filter and dusting and vacuuming often.  
My children love their stuffed animals but I know this can be a potential problem which means, monthly, their animals get shoved into pillowcases and washed. 
Their suffering faces, crusty, swollen eyes, drippy nose just break my heart. The worst part is coming, fortunately it only lasts about 4 weeks but it is 4 weeks too much in my eyes.
Thanks to companies like Filtrete which we use in our house, we rest a little easier.
Our favorite is the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M. It captures 94 percent of large airborne particles, such as household dust, pollen and mold spores, from the air passing through the filter. It also captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles, such as smoke, smog and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses, than ordinary fiberglass filters.
From Filtrete:
Despite our best efforts, young children end up chewing on toys, putting dirty fingers in their mouths, and touching, tasting and breathing things potentially harmful. But because their organs and respiratory, immune and neurological systems are still developing, they may be more sensitive to harmful substances such as certain chemicals, particles and allergens.

Since most people with allergies develop them during childhood, Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), shares the ABC's to help maintain a healthier home environment for children:
  • A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child's bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
  • B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central air conditioning during high pollen seasons to help protect children from pollen particles that trees, grasses and weeds release into the air.  These particles can harbor in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing allergy symptoms to flair for those allergic to pollen. Also, give children washable, non-allergenic stuffed toys when possible, and be sure to wash the ones played with the most on a weekly basis, in hot water at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don't neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.
For more healthy home living tips, money saving offers, filter change reminders and more, Moms can register to receive seasonal e-newsletters through the Clear Advantages program by visiting They even have apps for your phone. Get a reminder while out and about, pick up a filter and change it when you get home. You can also get these and more by following them on Twitter at @Filtrete.

Disclosure:  “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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