Dust mites and newborn allergies – are they really linked?

DID YOU KNOW dust mite excrement inhaled by pregnant women could be the cause of Asthma and Allergies in up to 20% of newborn babies?

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When you are pregnant you get a lot of advice about the food and beverages you drink. You then take extra precautions. However do you ever think about the air you breathe? Probably not.

In recent years studies have proved just how much of an effect chemicals and substances in the air can have on a growing baby. In particular newborn allergies. For example when babies are exposed to a lot of dust mites in utero, they are more likely to develop allergy problems later on in life. It’s well known that asthma and allergies can be hereditary, but this means general exposure poses similar problems.

But what on earth are you meant to do with this information?

Firstly don’t panic. There are a lot of new considerations when you find out you are pregnant. You really can’t just wrap yourself up in cotton wool for 9 months.

In addition whilst it’s relatively easy to control what you eat and drink, it’s much hard to control what type of contaminants you breathe in. Especially as you can rarely see them or smell them. However you can do small things.  Try to keep your house clean and dusted as regularly as possible during pregnancy. Breathing in dust mites here and there in small volumes during pregnancy will not have an effect, so just try keeping dust to a minimum.

In addition as it gets closer to birth and you are less comfortable or mobile, ask for help. Friends, family, paid cleaners during this time will provide peace of mind. This is especially during that nesting phase as you are getting your home environment ready for the new baby.

Finally, regular vacuuming of your mattress and surrounding environment is a fantastic way to keep on top of dust. We recommend a quick hoover every time you change your sheets or clean your bedroom. However it’s fair to say domestic vacuums are not generally strong enough to really remove the inner dirt. This is the stuff that gets disturbed each night as you sleep. Kicked up into the air and breathed in. So if you want more reassurance and real peace of mind you will need a professional service . The Fresh Sleep mattress cleaning process will eliminate the dirt you can’t see from your mattress.  Our promise it to, leave your or your new babies bed fresh and completely sanitised to a medical standard.

For more information and a video about allergy and asthma during pregnancy, visit http://www.acaai.org/pregnancy or give The Fresh Sleep Company a call on 01905 676100 to see how we can help in the run up to birth.

Source data : MM Hagendorens et al: Prenatal Exposure To House Dust Mite Allergen, Cord Blood T Cell Phenotype And Cytokine Production And Atopic Dermatitis During The First Year Of Life. Pediatric Allergy Immunology Volume 15 Issue 4 pp. 308-315 August 2011


What do you see?

In many countries around the world, like the USA, Australia, UAE & much of Asia, mattress cleaning & sanitisation is well understood.

Yet here in the UK we tend to change our sheets without dwelling on what we are really sleeping on. At best, we use mattress protectors and maybe even the occasional vacuum. But we rarely pull back the sheets and take a good look at our mattresses or think about the dirt we can’t see. At least not until it’s too late and it’s time to replace them.

Why is the UK different?

There are many reasons. Culture… climate… but mainly it is due to the fact there isn’t a service that has been  truly available and visible in the UK.  Most companies that can clean mattresses aren’t specialists. They often use a similar, if not the same, process and chemicals as cleaning carpets. In addition, UK consumers tend to only reach out when there has been an accident or extreme circumstance. There needs to be a visible problem. Our own research supports this. In our recent survey of 150 people , 90% say they have never thought about having their mattress cleaned or sanitised.

When you see the dirt – you can’t go back!

Yet over 50% of those same people were interested in mattress cleaning when the potential benefits were explained to them. That number rose even further when they could physically see the dirt that come out of what seems like a relatively clean mattress. Finally once you have actually experienced sleeping on a truly clean mattress, you will never go back to the way it was before.

So that’s how The Fresh Sleep Company began

No matter how well you clean, it is not possible to eliminate the germs and hidden dirt from your mattresses with DIY approaches. They may look clean but bacteria and viruses dwell after colds. Mould and fungi grow through the humidity and warmth of our bodies.

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The Fresh Sleep company’s mission is simply to provide a better, healthier sleep environment for all. We do that with a totally chemical free, technologically advanced process that both cleans AND sanitises.

Definition of CLEAN

Make clean; remove dirt, marks, or stains from.

  • ‘clean your teeth properly after meals’
  • ‘I cleaned up my room’

Definition of SANITISE

Make clean and hygienic; disinfect.

  • ‘new chemicals for sanitising a pool’

Unlike other mattress cleaners we have sourced the best technology from around the world. We have ensured we are eco friendly / chemical free. But most importantly we have created an incredible probiotic finishing mist that not only smells incredible, but keeps working once we have gone.

To experience a new cleaning ritual that you will love for a healthier, happier & more comfortable night sleep just give us a call on 01905 676100 or email us at info@freshsleep.co.uk for all your questions answered.