Dust Implications with Infants and Children

Welcoming that new addition to the family is a ton of fun. (You might not sleep very much, but it’s well worth it!) I’m sure the house is super clean and ready to have little Suzy or Billy crawling to and fro. Their tiny bodies have highly susceptible immune systems and, when exposed to dust, can develop allergies and even asthma.

Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control, asthma is prevalent in 7.4% of adults and 8.6% of children? That means that almost 1 out of every 10 kids has asthma. How do all these children get asthma? According to kidshealth.org, allergies do not necessarily cause a person to develop asthma. However, kids with allergies, specifically to dust, are more likely to have asthma than those who don’t have allergies. The first step is keeping the home dust free, which helps to reduce the symptoms of allergies. This can help to prevent a child from developing further allergies or even asthma.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “The health risks to babies from pollutants in house dust may be 100 times greater than for adults. The young ingest more dust and are up to ten times more vulnerable to such exposures. House dust is the main exposure source for infants to allergens, lead, and PBDEs, as well as a major source of exposure to pesticides, PAHs, Gram-negative bacteria, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, phthalates, phenols, and other EDCs, mutagens, and carcinogens.” The article goes on to say that, “Early contact with pollutants among the very young is associated with higher rates of chronic illness such as asthma, loss of intelligence, ADHD, and cancer in children and adults.”

If you’re a parent like me, you’d do anything for your kids, and dusting your home isn’t enough. There’s one super secret dusting tip that you absolutely must know. Dusting, in the traditional sense with a feather or synthetic duster, can actually cause allergic reactions and symptoms to intensify. Why? Because dusting your home, with a traditional duster, doesn’t collect all the dust. Dusting just spreads it around or sends it airborne. This can actually make symptoms worse, especially in infants and children with weak immune systems.

So  what should you do? Just not dust? No. You need to collect the dust and dispose of it instead of spreading it around. You need a Dust Bender. A Dust Bender has a patent pending design that collects the dust in the air while gently applying pressure, when needed, from a can of compressed air. It’s great!

Infants and children who have been diagnosed with dust allergies or asthma have a higher need for cleaner air to breathe. Defenseless from the microscopic dust particles and powerless to communicate their needs, allergic reactions may be the only way for parents to know their infants need cleaner air.

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