Some studies suggest that if kids didn’t have pets or other allergy triggers, asthma rates in children 6 and under would go down by almost 40%. But, experts actually recommend pets in the home for children to help them grow and develop. It helps teach them to care and nurture animals and can help relieve stress and anxiety.
There is no denying, though, that pet hair and dander can cause plenty of issues for both children and adults. If you don’t want to get rid of fluffy, here are a few tips on how to cut down on allergies and keep a healthy home.
Keep pets out of the bedroom
With so much time spent sleeping, having your dog or cat on the bed while your child is sleeping could trigger allergic reactions. It’s best to keep your pets out the bedroom entirely, if possible.
Pet hair can get trapped in carpets and corners, which could trigger allergic reactions. To combat this problem, vacuum your floors on a regular basis. Every day is preferable, but if that isn’t convenient, be sure to at least use a broom to get it off of hardwood floors and other floor surfaces.
Use a furnace filter and other air cleaner products to clear the air and keep dust and pet hair to a minimum. This will help children with asthma breathe better all year long even if you have a pet in the house.
Control pet hair
Have someone in the house that isn’t allergic to brush your pet on a regular basis to make sure they aren’t shedding unnecessarily. Bonus: pets love this!
If you’re looking for upright vacuum cleaners that will combat pet hair and dander effortlessly, here are a few to consider:
The best vacuum cleaners are those that don’t lose suction halfway through vacuuming, and the Dyson DC41 is definitely on that list. It is lightweight, durable and can easily be carried up and down stairs. It’s also a bag less system, which saves money on buying bags every month. The ball technology makes it easy to steer and can get into even hard-to-reach places. This model is especially good at picking up pet hair.
Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog Powerline
Okay, while this isn’t an upright vacuum, it deserves a mention because of the sheer power of this unit. It’s great at sucking up pet hair, can get into corners and has a powerful 1600W motor. It comes with three attachments, which store away nicely in the canister.
Sebo Felix Vogue Eco
With a 700W motor, this is especially designed for pet hair and getting into hard-to-reach places. It is lightweight, and can go almost anywhere. It’s even great for travelling; it will fit nicely into your trunk (if you get the urge to clean your son’s dorm room!)
If you want your child to experience the joy of having a pet, but without the health issues, then consider the above tips, and purchase one of the vacuum cleaners that is specifically designed to pick up pet hair.