Care and well-being

The air we breathe

To protect children from allergies and respiratory diseases, attention must be paid to the air that can be breathed even within the home. Some advice to ensure healthier air at home and in the children's room.

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Not everyone knows that, to ensure the well-being of children and allow them to breathe clean air, attention must be paid not only to environmental pollution and urban traffic, but also to the air that is breathed in the home. Healthy air, in your home, in addition to protecting children from allergies and respiratory diseases, improves the quality of their sleep and the approach to nutrition.

Beware of pollutants, causes of allergies

In closed environments, especially if with little air exchange, different pollutants (fine particles, impurities), allergens (pollens, animal hairs and mites) and micro-organisms (fungi, molds, spores and bacteria) are concentrated. These elements are responsible for numerous allergic reactions and respiratory diseases, a significant increase among preschool children. Precisely for children, whose immune system is not yet fully developed and mature, it is therefore essential to decrease the concentration of harmful substances indoors.

How to guarantee healthier air

First of all it is important to monitor the humidity and temperature of the rooms where the child lives. A relative humidity of 50-55% helps maintain a low environmental concentration of mites. If the child suffers from allergy it is advisable to maintain a relative humidity between 35-50%. It is instead useful to humidify the environment when the baby is cooled. To ensure a healthier air at home, it is also good to pay attention to these basic rules of hygiene:

  • ventilate the rooms several times a day;
  • avoid overheating the premises;
  • do not expose children to passive smoking;
  • avoid contact with objects / toys where dust can accumulate;
  • immediately use pillows and mattresses with anti-mite covers, even if the child has not experienced allergic reactions.

These small measures can help reduce the presence of allergens, improving the quality of the air inside the house and their bedrooms and, consequently, greater welfare for children.

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