The Global Asthma Report from 2014 says that as many as 334 million people worldwide have asthma. Asthma is the chronic inflammation of airways that is primarily caused by exposure to allergens such as dust, mould, pollen, animal dander and secondhand smoke. Many asthma sufferers experienced infantile eczema when they were babies. In fact, according to Science Daily, 50-70% of babies with this skin condition develop asthma as they grow older. If you are the parent of an asthmatic child or a baby with infantile eczema, consider making improvements to your home to reduce your baby's risks of developing severe asthma symptoms. Being proactive now can help keep your child safe from severe asthma symptoms. Here are two ideas.
Ducted Vacuum System
Since dust, dust mites, and pollen are triggers for your baby's potential asthma risk, you'll need to make sure allergens are removed from the home on a regular basis. One way to do this is to install a ducted vacuum system in your home. Ducted vacuums can reduce allergy-sufferer's symptoms by as much as 61%, according to an article published by The New York Times.
Each room in your home will have a hose attachment that is connected to the system, which includes a power source, a motor and series of PVC pipes for suctioning capability. Each hose attachment will have a filter bag that will collect the dust and dirt. This type of system allows for you to easily clean floors, drapes, upholstery and other surfaces without kicking up a lot of dust, mould spores and pollen, simply by changing various attachments.
Air Filtration System
In addition to a ducted vacuum, install an air filtration system. This type of system can help cut down on or eliminate asthma triggers in the air of your home, such as tobacco smoke, dust, dust mites, odors, mould spores and nitrogen dioxide. Air filtration systems effectively remove indoor air pollution that can trigger asthma symptoms. An air filtration system can be installed in conjunction with a whole-house dehumidifier to reduce the growth of mould and the ability for dust mites to survive. The reason this is effective is because both dust mites and mould thrive in moist environments.
Fortunately, there are companies that install both of these types of systems, so it's a good idea to have both home improvement projects done at the same time. However, during these projects, it's advisable for you and your family members to stay in another location so your child is not affected while the systems are being installed.