Many medically complex children will suffer from a respiratory-related complication. Common issues experienced include respiratory failure, aspiration pneumonia, sleep disordered breathing, and recurrent respiratory infections as the result of impaired coughing. Children with respiratory conditions have an increased sensitivity to the state of the air in your home. Improving air quality can significantly benefit your child and lessen the number of triggers. Read on for a few ways to improve home air quality for children.
Your flooring may be harmful to the health of your child. Carpeting is able to collect dust mites,allergens, and other indoor particulates that can act as irritants. It is a good idea to rip out wall-to-wall carpeting and instead opt for tile or wood flooring. New floors will minimize the presence of risks that can affect your child’s breathing in a more significant way than frequently vacuuming the carpet can provide. Placing small area rugs in your home poses no threat to the air quality so long as they are regularly cleaned. It is also important to use a vacuum that removes particulates and thus prevents them from recirculating. Make sure to select a model that has a ULPA or HEPA filter, a sealed unit and a strong motor.
Circulation is crucial to maintaining healthy air. Stagnation or air that is not moving fosters an environment that is unhealthy. If you live in an area that has good air quality, you can achieve optimal airflow by opening windows on both sides of your house at each level. An alternative for those who reside in a place with air that is poor, filled with allergens, or an extreme temperature, is to utilize an indoor ventilation system.
Improving air quality can occur by adding plants to your home as well. Studies have found that some plants have the capability to keep air clean. When at least one plant is in each room, the houseplant promotes the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide while also removing toxins. However, not every plant will provide these benefits. It is essential to choose plants that are easy to care for and will not trigger allergens. Boston ferns, Aloe Vera, and spider plants are just a few options to consider, which are also exceptionally good at purifying the air.
Reducing potential toxins can also raise the air quality. Cooking can create smoke and fumes that have the power to trigger respiratory issues. To ensure this does not occur, your stove should have a range hood with a strong fan that vents to the outside of your home. Candles, air fresheners, and incense can also be problematic, thus they should be avoided. It is also beneficial to use materials that have little to no chemicals or odor.
For more information on how to improve your home’s air quality, contact the respiratory specialists at RSVP Home Care. We specialize in providing medical equipment, supplies, and services for pediatric clients.We also provide thorough training for each device to ensure that they are used properly and can produce the best results. Our staff is available at all hours of the day in case you every need assistance. We are located in Lexington, KY to offer our medical equipment and services to Northern Kentucky, Ohio,Indiana, and the greater Cincinnati, OH area. Call us today.
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