Kids and Pollution in Jakarta
Sure you can’t help the allergens and germs flying around outside your home, but there are ways to nip those allergies in the bud inside the house. Mums: here’s your must-read tip list!
The air at home might be cleaner than outdoors, but you’re forgetting that allergens you carry home everyday get trapped in that comfy sofa and carpet. Kids who spend a lot of time on the carpet can swallow up to 10 grams of dust [source : TLC & Green Guide] . Vacuuming regularly helps, but having an air purifier in the most used areas of the house will tackle that problem. Visit Ace Hardware or contact PT. Higienis Indonesia for a wide selection of air purifiers.
PT. Higienis Indonesia, Permata Plaza 7th floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 57, Jakarta, p. +62 21 3983 5295.
Your staff at home is constantly sneezing and you’re not sure if it’s allergies or the beginning of a nasty cold. To protect your kids, educate everyone (including your kids) on wearing a surgical mask the right way when they have the sniffles. Remember, the color side faces out to block germs from going airborne. Flip the mask around if you’re the healthy one. You can purchase masks at any pharmacy/ drugstore like Century and Watsons.
Jakarta is humid so why bother buying a humidifier? Uhm, wrong. You’re forgetting the air conditioners are blasting all over the house. AC dries up the air, and germs multiply rapidly in a dry climate. Install a humidifier in your child’s bedroom and keep the humidity level at 50% during bedtime. This is a good practice too if Junior has a stuffy nose whether caused by allergy or common cold. Humidifiers can be purchased online at Bhinneka.com webstore or contact PT Higienis Indonesia.
Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite
You love watching your child sleep peacefully. What you don’t see are the bed bugs sharing your child’s bed. Not only do they bite, they can also cause respiratory problems such as asthma. Always wash your sheets every week in hot water. Bed bugs’ eggs die in high temperatures. Vacuum and steam mattresses and its surroundings monthly. Check the crevices where these bugs mostly hide during daytime. Invest in a bug-free mattress cover, available at any Metro Department Store.
Mother May I?
Your child begs you for snacks and you start raiding the pantry. Before you give them that yummy cheese flavored snack, stop yourself, turn the package around and check the ingredients. MSG is commonly used in dry snacks and has been known to trigger allergies. Other ingredients to watch out for are nuts, honey, and eggs, which should never be given to a child before their first birthday to prevent a lifetime of allergic reactions. Check out the online bookstore Open Trolley and order yourself a healthy snack recipe book such as The Ultimate Healthy Snack List by C Elias.
Ring Around The Rosie
Okay maybe the nursery rhyme is talking about the plague, but you’re worried about the dry red blotches all over your child’s skin. Nasal allergies and skin problems go hand in hand. Eczema is the most common skin problem for kids with allergies. You should always use fragrance-free soap and shampoo. Thicker moisturising lotions like Aveeno contains oatmeal and helps prevent and soothes eczema. Visit Little Toes for a selection of kids’ skin products.
Little Toes, Dharmawangsa Square, 1st Floor Lot 1-B, Jl. Dharmawangsa VI-IX, Jakarta Selatan, p. +62 21 7280 1835.