Are you concerned that your baby might have allergies? If they are experiencing an overload of sniffles that just don’t seem to go away, or watery and itchy eyes, they might have an allergy, rather than the common cold.
Other signs of possible allergies are recurring rashes, irritable tummy, or sleepless and restless nights. These could all be symptoms of exposure to allergens. Now, I am not going to play doctor here and diagnose your child. That should be done by a medical professional. However, I am going to suggest ways to cut down on common irritants to allergies, because quite frankly, they can be toxic. And, who wants to knowingly expose their child to toxins?
Linens and More
Quite often nurseries are filled with soft and cuddly items, including stuffed animals, furry rugs, and more. However, some of these items can be traps for allergens, or be made with chemicals. For example, many fibers and materials made for carpets, window treatments, and comforters are treated with chemicals before they are even put together. And, these chemicals do not go away in the wash.
So, if your baby is suffering with excessive allergy symptoms, you might want to consider replacing things such as the carpet for a hard surface, draperies for blinds, and the mattress and bedding for organic bedding. You can even find organic teddy bears and toys. It will depend on how severe your baby’s condition is, and what the doctor has to say about it, to know how quickly and abruptly you should be changing out the nursery. However, if you are going to do it in stages, I suggest you start with the bedding, including the mattress.
A Natural Clean
Perhaps one of the easiest solutions and transitions would be to switch all your cleansing products to organic. There is no need for harsh chemicals in these items, because organic items work just as well. The following is a list of environmentally-friendly and organic items you can easily find to use for the baby and in their room:
- Eco friendly laundry detergents
- Organic shampoos and lotions
- Natural baby talc
- All-natural household cleansers
Now, these are not the same as gentle products for the baby. There are a lot of items being labeled and sold as “gentle”, but would not pass the natural or organic criteria. Make sure that when you are looking for products that you read the labels carefully to know if they are officially organic.
Get to the Bottom of It
Cloth diapers are making a comeback! While they never fully went away, disposable diapers really seemed to take over many, many nurseries around the globe. Let’s face it; they are convenient, and far easier than rinsing out and laundering reusable cloth diapers.
Unfortunately, as with most anything else, convenience comes with a price. Not only is it more expensive in the long run to use disposables, but your baby might be paying a price as well.
Many disposable diapers purport to be very absorbent of moisture, as well as odor, and many do quite well in aiding in those areas. However, in order to perform as indicated, chemicals are used in the process and within the absorbent material. These are chemicals that have nearly direct, if not direct contact with a baby’s skin.
If you don’t like the idea of using cloth because of the hassle of laundering, consider a diaper laundering service. They typically ask you not to do any of pre-rinsing or any other work, other than getting them into their container or bag. But, if you do use a service, check to make sure what type of detergent they use.
Airing it Out
The last thing I want to touch base on is using an air purifier in the nursery. There are two benefits to using one in a bedroom. One reason is that it helps to eliminate excessive irritants from the air, such as dust, pollen, and pet dander.
Do a little research to see what consumers are saying about particular models, and what they have to offer. For example, some are rather noisy, which brings me to the second benefit.
Second, there are some wonderful air purifiers that also provide a beneficial white noise effect. This can help drown out noises coming from the rest of the home while they are sleeping, or even outside. I’m sure you have heard the advice that you don’t want to wake a sleeping baby. And, this will help.
If you have noticed possible allergies in your baby, make sure to get them checked out with their pediatrician to make sure it’s not something else to be concerned with first. However, the information I have just given you will not harm them at all, and could help a child who doesn’t even have allergies.