Are You Parent to a Child With Allergies?

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In the UK, an estimated 1 in 5 children have hay fever, 1 in 3 suffer with asthma and 1 in 6 have eczema.

All of these can be made worse by dust mites. Don’t be grossed out but house dust mites are tiny creatures, about a quarter of a millimetre long that live on human skin scales.

Mites can be found in bedding, carpets, soft furnishings and clothing. In people allergic to dust mites, it’s not usually the mite that’s the problem – it’s the proteins in their droppings which cause the allergy.

Each mite produces about 20 of these waste droppings every day and the droppings continue to cause allergic symptoms even after the mite has died.

It gets worse - human skin, dust mite faeces, pollen, fungus, fibres, bacteria, food particles, plant matter, insects and chemicals can be found in house dust. Some measure only 0.5 microns in size – up to 200 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. It's inhaling these microscopic particles that can cause allergic reactions.

We’ll spare you the scary pictures.

Allergy UK has these tips when living with allergies:

  • Vacuum daily but do not have children in the room at the time
  • Allow time (at least 3 - 4 hours) for dust to settle before letting children back into the room
  • Choose a cot/bed where the vacuum cleaner can go underneath
  • If you have wooden flooring and mats, use cotton rugs which can be washed
  • Vacuum hard floors regularly with a high-filtration vacuum cleaner with filters capable of retaining a high proportion of the smallest particles (HEPA filter, S-class filter or similar).

Allergy UK has a list of suggested vacuum cleaners one of which is Dyson cleaners. You’ve probably heard the name James Dyson (engineer and entrepreneur extraordinaire) and you’ve used the hand dryers in public restrooms.

When it comes to allergens, James Dyson says:  “Dyson machines are engineered to capture allergens, helping you control your home environment. Our scientists and engineers have been researching ways to beat allergens for more than 15 years. Dust, pollen, pollutants and other microscopic particles don’t stand a chance against our air purifiers and vacuum cleaners.”

Their new range of cord-free vacuum cleaners make cleaning easy - they clean the floor (in an Allergy UK approved way) and can quickly transform between handheld and stick modes to clean down low, up high and everywhere in-between with twice the suction of any other stick vacuum. You can use it to remove dirt, dust and other allergens from carpets, hard floors, upholstery, surfaces, mattresses, car seats, high shelves and ledges.

We recently visited the Dyson concept store on London’s Oxford Street where we had a great time throwing rice, cheerios and lentils on the floor and using various Dyson vacuum cleaners to clean them up. We are easily entertained.

Star of our show was the Dyson V8 Absolute. Its direct-drive cleaner head removes ground-in dirt and pet hair from carpets, while a soft roller cleaner head removes large debris and fine dust from hard floors simultaneously.

You can use it to remove dirt from all over the home. The mini motorised tool removes pet hair and ground-in dirt from stairs, in the car and on furniture. It also gets into places other cleaners can’t reach – when was the last time you cleaned underneath your dressers and wardrobes?

Dyson V8 vacuums have no cord so there’s nothing to unravel, plug in, drag around or restrict your reach. Equipped with a docking and charging station, you can grab and clean whenever you need to. 

The Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum includes the direct-drive cleaner head and the soft roller cleaner head, the mini motorised tool, the combination tool and the crevice tool. It has an of RRP £520.00 and is available for purchase directly from Dyson or from Argos, Curry’s and John Lewis.  The machine includes a 2-year hassle-free warranty on parts and labour.