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Pu­rity Sen­si­tive laun­dry liq­uid, 1.25L, $2.99 Dust mites love a warm and moist en­vi­ron­ment, so bub’s bed can of­ten be a hotspot for al­ler­gens. Pae­di­atric al­ler­gist Dr Me­lanie Wong, at The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at West­mead, says dust mites can trig­ger asthma and al­lergy symp­toms in chil­dren – and it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to to­tally elim­i­nate them. “If your child’s symp­toms are worse in the morn­ing or af­ter a long sleep, it’s worth un­der­tak­ing dust-mite re­duc­tion and avoid­ance mea­sures, like re­plac­ing old bed­ding and re­mov­ing soft toys that col­lect dust,” she says. Add th­ese items to your shop­ping list to help

keep your home as ir­ri­tant-free as pos­si­ble Quick-Step ‘Clas­sic’ bleached white teak lam­i­nate floor­ing, $30/m2

You may have also heard that freez­ing cud­dly toys is a sound strat­egy for keep­ing the snif­fles at bay, but Adam says this method only kills the dust mites and won’t ac­tu­ally re­move the poo. “If soft toys are wash­able, put them in with the bed­ding on a hot wash (60 de­grees), or if you’d rather do cold washes, add eu­ca­lyp­tus oil to neu­tralise al­ler­gens,” he says.

To fur­ther min­imise ex­po­sure to al­ler­gens in bed­ding, you can also buy cov­ers for mat­tresses, pil­lows and doonas made from mite-re­sis­tant and water­proof, yet breath­able, fab­ric.

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