Does baby have a rash or eczema that will not go away, even when you’ve tried everything including switching laundry detergents? It may be that baby has an allergic reaction to some pesky household pests: dust mites.
What are dust mites?
Invisible to the naked eye, dust mites are creatures that thrive in warm and humid environments; whose favourite food is the flakes of dead skin shed by humans and animals. As unpleasant as it sounds, dust mites are usually not a cause for concern. Nonetheless, for a number of adults and babies, the waste matter they leave behind (mite dust) can trigger a range of allergic reactions such as sneezing, itchy eyes, asthma, and eczema.
How do I get rid of them?
Try as you may, dust mites cannot be completely eliminated. The most effective way to deal with them is through population control. So, before you give in to the urge to throw out and replace all of baby’s clothes and bedding, here are some steps you can take to help keep these microscopic creatures at bay:
Dust mites breed quickest when it is warm and humid. If you haven’t already done so, invest in a good air conditioner or dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air within your home.
With baby spending a lot of time napping and sleeping, protect baby’s mattress from ‘invasion’ by using dust mite-proof covers. Just remember to wash the covers on a regular basis to keep them clean at all times.
Air out baby’s mattress and bedding every day to ensure that they are completely dried out before baby uses them again. Minimise dust by regularly vacuuming the carpets and upholstered furniture. Don’t forget the nooks and crannies underneath the sofa cushions!
Wash it right
Apart from using a gentle detergent to regularly wash all of baby’s clothing, bedding and stuffed toys, look for a laundry detergent that is infused with properties that remove mite dust as well, such as Tollyjoy’s Anti-Mite Dust Baby Laundry Detergent. It will not only remove stains and prevent dirt from re-depositing onto baby’s clothes; its special formulation will also effectively remove up to 99.9% of mite dust from baby’s laundry, keeping it clean and smelling fresh even when dried indoors.
Taking the practical steps above will help create a cleaner and healthier environment for you and your baby. Who knows, in time, baby’s eczema might just clear right up!