If you’re spending night after night trying to sooth a fussy infant, toddler, or child, it might be time to rule out allergies.
The predisposition for seasonal and environmental allergies can show itself very early in life. Sensitivity to allergens like mold, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander can make getting a good night’s rest a struggle for even the littlest of sleepers.
If you suspect that seasonal and environmental allergies might be the cause of your child’s sleeping problems, start with simple changes like closing windows to keep pollen out, or not allowing the family pet into his room. If the problem continues, take a look at the soft surfaces in your child’s room. Carpets, curtains, rugs, and even stuffed animals can harbor allergens. Simply removing these items could solve your child’s sleeping problems. If these adjustments to your child’s sleeping environment don’t help, try covering his mattress with an anti-microbial mattress topper. This will keep your child from breathing in allergens that can cling to soft surfaces and lead to coughing, sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and other allergy symptoms.