Did you know that each year the number of allergy sufferers increases by 5%, with half of those affected being children? In support of Allergy Awareness Week (20-26 April) we wanted to share the latest allergy stats with you, and give you some tips on how to keep the symptoms at bay for your baby or child.
- Over 150 million people have allergies in Europe, the most common chronic disease (EAACI, 2014)
- The prevalence of diagnosed allergic rhinitis and eczema in children have both trebled over the last three decades (Gupta, 2007)
- 50% of children and young people have one or more allergy within the first 18 years of life (Journal of Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 2009)
- 6–8 % of children have a proven food allergy (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011)
- The UK is one of the top three countries in the world for the highest incident of allergy (The Allergenic Invasion, 1999)
- Asthma, Rhinitis and Eczema have trebled in the last 20 years (Allergy The Unmet Need, 2003)
So how can you allergy-proof your home to try to minimise any possible symptoms?
- Dust that settles in your house is a food source for dust mites. Studies show that living with dust mites raises an allergy-prone child's risk of asthma later in life. Dust mites tend to live in fabrics, mattresses, bedding, and stuffed animals.
- Curtains, decorative pillows, and rugs all harbour dust so it's best to get rid of them, especially in your child's room.
- Keep only a few stuffed animals and remove the rest. Your child's bedding and favorite soft toys should be washed weekly in very hot water to kill the dust mites living in them.
- Feathers and fur from pets can be a big allergen but rather than immediately finding your furry friend a new home, try bathing them weekly and using a specialist shampoo.
- Keep your pets off all furniture, especially what your child might come into contact with.
- Make sure your pets don’t go into your child’s room.
- Baby / toddler bedding:
- Try to ensure that you wash your child’s bedding once a week in hot water - ideally at 130 degrees F to kill dust mite.
- Only use bedding that is 100% pure cotton (like all the ranges from Baroo!).
What are the benefits of pure cotton baby or toddler bedding?
- Kind to allergy sufferers:
- As cotton is a natural material it is also naturally hyper-allergenic. This means that it is not associated with causing any allergies.
- Nice and cool:
- Cotton has a natural cool feel to it and is a breathable material helping to transfer excess heat away from the body. This can help your child have an undisturbed peaceful sleep.
- Quality and value:
- Although pure cotton bedding may not always be the cheapest, it does offer great value for money. The lifespan of cotton bedding can be up to twice that of other materials, so you may spend a little extra but it will definitely be worth it!
For more information on Allergy Awareness Week click here.
To see our full range of 100% super soft cotton duvet cover and pillow sets click here.