Health Watch: Summer's End: Day Care

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the end of the summer season and things that go with it, like going back to school. If your children will be going to pre-school or a day-care center, there are some things you should look out for if they have allergies.

Day care centers can be a major source of indoor allergens. Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that although you want a day care center to be a warm, comfortable place, a sterile environment that doesn’t foster the growth of allergens is best for children with allergies. A tiled floor is less likely to attract allergens than carpeting. Look out for water leaks that could encourage the growth of mold and attract cockroaches and dust mites. Children with asthma may be especially sensitive to cockroach allergens. Air filters can help decrease the amount of allergens that remain airborne indoors.

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August 2010


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