Did you know that little ol’ dust mites could provoke allergies and even asthma?

Dust mites are microscopic creatures, related to ticks and spiders, that live in house dust. The proteins in dust mite body parts and feces cause allergic reactions in people who have become sensitized to dust mite proteins.

Dust mite allergen also triggers asthma attacks and is one of the most common causes of asthma attacks worldwide.  This is primarily because dust mites are found nearly everywhere, especially indoors.  Dust mite allergen can also be inhaled while it is airborne, though it tends to settle quickly.

All homes contain some amount of dust mites. Because dust mites feed on dead human skin, the allergen tends to be concentrated in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets – and even your baby’s stuffed animals. Additionally,  our furry or feathered friends  contribute dander to the dust and increase the food source for mites. Make sure your pets receive regular baths.

If your baby or young kid has allergies to dust mites, symptoms can include: 

How can you protect your allergy-pronte kids from household dust mites?

Take these easy steps  to minimize exposure to dust mites:

1. Eliminate or encase dust mite havens:

2. Keep dust mite exposure low by thoroughly cleaning, especially in homes with young babies.

3. Ventilate your home.

NOTE: Avoid using anti-dust-mite carpet treatments that contain tannic acid or benzyl benzoate, both of which are skin, eye and respiratory irritants that can make asthma symptoms worse.