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Pets and Your Child’s Allergies
If Your Child Already Has an Allergy
- Avoid petting, hugging, and kissing pets if you are allergic.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
- Sweep, dust, and vacuum frequently.
- Use a micro-filter or double bag in your vacuum to help reduce pet allergens in the carpet.
- Keep pets off furniture.
- Have someone who is not allergic brush the pet regularly and do brushing outside the home.
- Use an indoor air, electrostatic, or HEPA air cleaner to filter pet dander from the air.
- Use cleaning products that contain tannic acid to help breakdown allergy-causing proteins. These proteins will rebuild over time, so repeated applications are needed.
- Talk to your doctor about the possibility of allergy shots for your child.
- Remove carpets or rugs from the house.
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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease http://www.niaid.nih.gov
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Allergy Asthma Information Association http://aaia.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014
- Update Date: 00/12/2014