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Best flooring for asthma sufferers

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IAmOptimusPrime Thu 26-Sep-13 21:02:27

My ds1 has had another asthma attack and spent a couple of days in hospital. He's had his preventative meds uped but I'm thinking of other things that might help.

The carpet in his room is quite old but because I am in a top floor flat I am not allowed carpet under terms of our shared freehold or something like that!

Anything has to be better than the existing carpet but anyone got any info on something other than hard flooring?

valiumredhead Thu 26-Sep-13 21:09:41

There are really nice linos out now,a friend did their DC's room in some and out rugs down.

valiumredhead Thu 26-Sep-13 21:11:13

Sorry your OP is confusing, you are slowed carpet or not? I've never heard of a flat not being allowed carpet before, usually the opposite.

IAmOptimusPrime Thu 26-Sep-13 21:27:29

Sorry I really should have read my op before.

Not allowed hard flooring, it has to be carpet because of the noise to the flat below.

valiumredhead Thu 26-Sep-13 21:34:13

Maybe lino with huge rug then? Or new carpet but wash it regularly.

gretagrape Sat 28-Sep-13 12:36:47

I'd say that if you're going to end up with carpet it's probably best to keep the old one in place as otherwise all the chemicals in the new carpet will take ages to disperse and could cause him even more problems.

Definitely avoid the cheap chain carpet shops - the ones that stink as soon as you walk in - and if you do buy a new one try to buy one manufactured in the UK. If it's imported (especially from Middle/Far East) it will have even more hideous chemicals in it - some of them are sprayed in petrol and anti-malaria chemicals to make sure that no disease-carrying insects can survive the journey.

gretagrape Sat 28-Sep-13 12:38:44

Oh, and we've only bought carpet that's kept on a roll in stock as it's already been in the open air for ages so won't smell anywhere near as much as one that's just come straight from the factory.

MousyMouse Sat 28-Sep-13 12:58:02

you can get noise reducing underlay, have a look into that.
wrt flooring, it really depends, it might make a difference for your dc or it might not.
advantages of hard flooting is that you can easily wet wipe it and reduce dust that way.
a disadvantage is that the dust flies into the air more where with carpets the dust would cling to the flooring more, so you have less dust flyingthrough the air.
I guess you have done the usual things, like hotwashing bedding regularly (incl pillow/duvet), washing stuffed animals etc.

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