Having a little bit of dirt around your house is actually good for your toddler. Exposing children and babies to germs helps their bodies develop a stronger immune system. Children who are exposed to natural elements like dirt, pet hair and plants also have a much lower risk of developing asthma and allergies later in their life.
But the wrong type of filth in your home or a home that is too dirty can be extremely dangerous and even life-threatening to toddlers. Here are the top ways a dirty home can affect the health of your toddler.
Mold and mildew
Mold and mildew have a tendency to grow in moist areas of your home like behind your sink, in the ceiling and in carpet fibers of dirty and musty carpets. This growth is toxic to children and can result in plenty of respiratory and sinus problems. If your child seems to constantly cough, wheeze or battles a runny nose then it might be time to invest in a dehumidifier or hire professionals to get a good deep clean for those misty areas.
Dust and pollen
Plenty of people and especially children are sensitive or allergic to dust and pollen. These particles settle in the lungs and airway and cause respiratory and sinus conditions and can even result in asthma. To eliminate this issue you have to ensure your home, linen, curtains, upholstery, and carpets are regularly cleaned and dusted.
These microscopic organisms love to invest carpets, upholstery, and bedding and toddlers are especially sensitive to these infections because their immune systems are still weak. Ongoing exposure to dust mites can weaken the immune system and can cause asthma and allergies.
Toddlers in creche or kindergarten are frequently exposed to head lice and these lice can also infect your home. Head lice cause itching, an oily scalp and can make it hard for toddlers to get enough sleep. The lice also looks terrible and can affect your child’s immune system. When a breakout of head lice happens, all linen and bedding in the home, as well as your child’s hair, needs to be treated or the epidemic will only get worse.
Germs and bacteria
During the winter months you can easily end up with a sick toddler – all – winter – long. While schools are mostly to blame for this, your home can also worsen the problem. Germs and bacteria get caught in your home and children are constantly re-exposed to these infections if the home isn’t cleaned out well. To reduce bacteria and germs in your home, you can open windows to let fresh air and sunlight into your home but surfaces and especially linen should also regularly be washed.
Too much pet hair and dirt can also impact toddler’s health. They can become allergic to pets if pet hair and dead skin are constantly agitating their skin and airways. Pets also carry all sorts of pests like worms that can also infest your child. Deworming is important but keeping homes with pets clean is essential to combat infestations.
Clutter inside your home can easily hide away plenty of germs, dust, and allergens that can affect a toddler’s health. But clutter can also cause a lot of behavioral issues in children. Children who grow up in cluttered and unorganised homes will struggle to maintain personal hygiene at a later stage. They also struggle to organise their own lives and these behavioral issues can persist well into adulthood. A cluttered home also causes plenty of distractions which can keep your toddler from being able to focus on a task at hand and can eventually result in learning difficulties or speech delays.
It is important to keep your home clean and healthy so your toddler can enjoy better health and a strong immune system. The outdoors is the perfect place to expose your toddler to germs and bacteria that is needed for a strong immune system. The inside of your home should be clean so you can prevent diseases and infections. At AAA house cleaning we can help you maintain a perfectly clean and organised home at all times so your little toddler can learn, play and have fun without having to battle frequent illnesses.