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Certain soaps may increase kids’ allergy risk

By purchasing the right products - and knowing which ones to avoid - parents can help reduce their kids' risk for seasonal allergies.

According to a recent report from New London, Connecticut, news provider The Day, parents that allow their children to use antibacterial soaps with triclosan could be putting them at risk for more acute seasonal allergies.

The report cited a study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan in its 2003 to 2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. In this document, the scientists found that children less than 18 years old who had high levels of triclosan were more likely to have hay fever and other forms of seasonal allergies.

Triclosan is a chemical that can be found in a number of sources, and parents may want to take note. For example, it can be found in toothpaste, acne products, deodorant and shaving gel, the news source reports. According to research from the National Resources Defense Council, the chemical can be found in about 75 percent of liquid soaps.

While parents will surely want to note the research when they conduct their daily shopping, moms and dads of children with allergies can take steps to help mitigate their symptoms. For example, parents who want to make a serious investment in their children's safety can choose to purchase powerful air cleaners and purifiers.

Air purifiers, for instance, are capable of removing pollen, mold spores and household dust from the air with ease. This type of product can release a certain square feet of air per minute, and some items are even available with a lifetime filter guarantee.

With this added incentive, parents could save up to $100 per year on replacement filters. In addition, by purchasing this item from an online reseller, parents can find prices that are 25 percent below the standard asking price they see at other retailers.

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