Your bedroom should have hardwood,
tile or linoleum floor. These surfaces are easier to keep clean
than carpet. If you have to have carpet, try not to place the
carpet on concrete. The warm space between a rug and concrete
is a good place for mites to live.
I don't want to rip out my carpet.
Is there anything I can do to treat it?
You can spray the rug with a
solution of 3% tannic acid every 2 months to kill the dust mites.
Ask your doctor if this solution will be helpful for your child.
Your doctor can make recommendations
about the use of this solution. He or she can let you know how
to apply the solution and how to obtain it. However, a better
approach may be to completely remove your carpet.
What else can I do?
Vacuuming your carpets and upholstery
every week can help. Vacuums with high-efficiency filters pick
up more dust mites, but even standard vacuums work well enough.
Use of special furniture that has a polyurethane cover over the
matting is another good step. Plastic or wooden furniture that
doesn't have much padding can also help keep down the number
of dust mites in your home. Because dust mites love warm, humid
places, running your air conditioner and keeping the humidity
low makes a difference. Don't bother with special air filters--they
won't help children with asthma or allergies.