In this context, allergic reaction refers to asthma, hay fever, atopic dermatitis (infantile eczema) and food allergies which can cause a high-risk for child skin irritation.
If you have a high-risk child, follow our tips below to help to reduce the risk of child skin irritation. You can start to help prevent allergic reactions by establishing a healthy indoor environment without smoke, moisture and dust.
Breastfeeding and food
In the UK, the NHS recommends that infants are breastfed for about the first 6 months of your baby’s life. After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside solid food for the first two years, or for as long as you and your baby want, will help them grow and develop healthily.
Cleaning your home
- Carefully clean your home at least once a week with unperfumed cleaning products
- Clean your home thoroughly at least once a year. This reduces the amount of dust in your home
- Wash new clothes before use. New garments may contain chemical residues which may cause allergic reactions, rashes or skin irritation
- Wash your child’s soft toys regularly at 60 degrees to reduce the amount of house dust mites. When you buy cuddly toys, ensure that they are washable at 60 degrees
- Do not dry your clothes indoors. It may increase the humidity and thereby the presence of dust mites. If you use a tumble drier, be sure to leave the vent pipe outdoors
- Air all rooms three times a day for 5-10 minutes by opening the windows. Also, air your home after showers, cooking and cleaning to reduce moisture levels
- Keep an indoor temperature of around 20 degrees during winter. This helps to reduce the humidity and can prevent mould and dust mites from thriving
- Do not expose your child to tobacco smoke. Smoke aggravates the symptoms of asthma and increases the risk of asthmatic bronchitis which could then develop into asthma
Taking Care of Child Skin Irritation
Choose products, which are suitable to help reduce the risk of skin irritation. Be aware that natural or organic fragrance as well as essential oils can cause allergies, just as chemically produced fragrance substances. These tips were prepared in cooperation with the Danish Asthma and Allergy Association.