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Allergy and Asthma Friendly Stuffed Animals for Babies and Children

Updated on September 11, 2014

Plush Toys are available for Children with Allergies and Asthma

Allergy and asthma friendly™ stuffed animals may not top everyone's list of most wanted toy, but they are likely to top the list of the nearly five million American children affected by asthma and the nearly 50 million children affected by allergies.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, asthma and allergies are two of the most common chronic childhood diseases.

Many children with asthma and allergies miss out on school, sports, and other childhood activities like being able to have stuffed animals.

Stuffed toys can carry dust mites, thought to be the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma. Prior to the Kids Preferred Asthma and Allergy Friendly stuffed animals, children would need to get rid of their favorite stuffed toys, to help get rid of their allergy and asthma symptoms. Adults recollect being traumatized as children when they were forced to give up treasured stuffed animals.

Read on to find out more about the Asthma and Allergy friendly plush toys.

Manufacturer recommended ages for these products are from 1 month - 8 years.

Allergy and Asthma Friendly Blue Elephant Toy available on Amazon.

Asthma & Allergy friendly Toys - Toy of the Day

Asthma & Allergy friendly Toys featured as the Fox5 Morning News "Toy of the Day."

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Bear

Kids Preferred Buddy Bear
Kids Preferred Buddy Bear

An adorable teddy bear available as an Asthma and Allergy Friendly toy.

 

Remember look for the Certified Allergy and Asthma Friendly Label to purchase Asthma and Allergy Friendly Toys.

Asthma & Allergy friendly™ Certification Mark for Stuffed Toys

The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program was created in 2006 by top medical experts and the oldest and largest not-for-profit, asthma and allergy patient advocacy organization in the world, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Their mission is to empower consumers to make an informed purchase decision when choosing allergen-avoidance products.

The Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 60+ million people in the United States living with asthma and related allergies.

Asthma and Allergy Friendly toys are of just of the products tested and certified. All certified asthma & allergy friendly stuffed toys bear the Certified asthma and allergy friendly label and carry a unique certification code.

Source: Home Page. The Asthma & Allergy friendly Certification Program.

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Toys - Defined

According to the Kids Preferred website:

  • Toys with the asthma & allergy friendly certification mark are an ideal choice for those concerned with asthma and allergies.
  • Toys bearing the asthma & allergy friendly certification mark have been scientifically tested and shown to be more suitable for people with asthma and certain types of allergies.
In addition toys with the asthma & allergy friendly certification mark have been scientifically tested and shown to be more suitable for people with asthma and certain types of allergies. These toys can be washed frequently to keep allergen levels low, and they do not contain harmful chemicals at levels known to trigger symptoms.

Doll available on Amazon
Doll available on Amazon

Control Allergies with Weekly Washing of Toys

Stuffed toys can carry dust mites, thought to be the most common cause of year-round allergy and asthma. The allergens accumulating within the toy must be removable by laundering in a washing machine.

To help control dust mites the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends wash linens weekly, other bedding, such as blankets, every 1 to 2 weeks in hot water.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommend once a week to wash bedding, uncovered pillows and stuffed toys in hot water 130 degree F the minimum temperature needed to kill dust mites.* This constant washing can be quite wearing on a stuffed toy.

Fortunately there are Asthma and Allergy Friendly toys created by Kids Preferred. Toys with the asthma & allergy friendly certification mark have been scientifically tested and shown to be more suitable for people with asthma and certain types of allergies. In addition, these toys can be washed frequently to keep allergen levels low; they do not contain harmful chemicals at levels known to trigger symptoms.

* If the water heater is set higher than 120 degrees, take extra care if young children are at home, since scald burns can occur with higher temperatures.

Washer Microsoft Clipart with Allergy Friendly Buttercup Toy.

Stuffed Toys for Babies

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Toys - Babies

Toy Rattles + Teether

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Toys - Rattles

Stuffed Toys for Younger Children

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Toys for Younger Children

Healthy Baby, Asthma and Allergy Friendly Buddy Bear
Healthy Baby, Asthma and Allergy Friendly Buddy Bear

Manufacturer recommended age: 1 month - 8 years

 
Healthy Baby, Asthma and Allergy Friendly Floppy Froggie
Healthy Baby, Asthma and Allergy Friendly Floppy Froggie

Manufacturer recommended age: 1 month - 8 years

 
Healthy Baby, Asthma and Allergy Friendly Floppy Monkey
Healthy Baby, Asthma and Allergy Friendly Floppy Monkey

A fun, cuddly asthma and allergy free Monkey.

Manufacturer recommended age: 1 month - 8 years

 

Teddy Bears

Dogs

Asthma and Allergy Friendly Toy - Dogs

Certified Allergy and Asthma Friendly Label

Look for the Certified Allergy and Asthma Friendly Label

Asthma and Allergy Certified Labeling

Learn more about Certified Allergy and Asthma Friendly Label from Dr. Beth Corn and Mike Tringale in this clip from the Morning Blend.

Help Finding Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certified Products

Toys with the asthma & allergy friendly certification mark are an ideal choice for those concerned with asthma and allergies. All certified asthma & allergy friendly stuffed toys bear the Certified asthma and allergy friendly label and carry a unique certification code.

The asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program is operated by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Allergy Standards Limited.

Robin Wilson on Asthma Friendly Design

Robin Wilson on Allergies & Asthma

From 2009 a Good Morning America segment, Robin Wilson outlines common triggers for the home and simple preventative measures for families with children who are interested in eco-healthy design.

Your Child's Allergies and Asthma

Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know

The book Your Child's Allergies and Asthma: The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Breathing Easy and Bringing Up Healthy, Active Children (AAP Your Child's Health Series) is an updated and revised version of an earlier version from 2000.

Written by the leading authority on children’s health, this invaluable resource for parents and caregivers offers information and resources for those dealing with childhood asthma and allergies.

 

Tips for Managing Nasal Allergy Symptoms

Excerpted from the AAP Allergy and Asthma Tips from The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Allergies and Asthma. Reprinted under guidelines given.

  • Allergy testing should be performed to determine what, if any, of these environmental allergens your child is allergic to.
  • Nasal allergy symptoms can be caused by a variety of environmental allergens including indoor allergens such as dust mites, pets, and pests as well as outdoor allergens such as pollens. Molds, which can be found indoors and outdoors, can also trigger nasal allergy symptoms.
  • An important step in managing allergy symptoms is avoidance of the allergens that trigger the symptoms.
  • If your child is allergic to pets, the addition of pets to your family would not be recommended. If your child has allergy symptoms and is allergic to a pet that lives with your family, the only way to have a significant impact on your child's exposure to pet allergens is to find the pet a new home.
  • If your child is allergic to pests, professional extermination, sealing holes and cracks that serve as entry points for pests, storing foods in plastic containers with lids and meticulous clean up of food remains can help to eliminate the pests and reduce allergen levels.
  • Dust mites congregate where moisture is retained and food for them (human skin scales) is plentiful. They are especially numerous in bedding, upholstered furniture, and rugs. Padded furnishings such as mattresses, box springs, and pillows should be encased in allergen-proof, zip-up covers, which are available through catalogs and specialized retailers. Wash linens weekly and other bedding, such as blankets, every 1 to 2 weeks in hot water. (The minimum temperature to kill mites is 130 degrees. If you set your water heater higher than 120 degrees, the recommended temperature to avoid accidental scald burns, take care if young children are present in the home.)
  • If your child is allergic to outdoor allergens, it can be helpful to use air conditioners when possible. Showering or bathing at the end of the day to remove allergens from body surfaces and hair can also be helpful. For patients with grass pollen allergy, remaining indoors when grass is mowed and avoiding playing in fields of tall grass may be helpful. Children with allergies to molds should avoid playing in piles of dead leaves in the fall.

Do you know any children that might benefit from Asthma and Allergy Friendly Stuffed Toys?

Add your thoughts in the comment section below.

© 2010 Kirsti A. Dyer

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Great idea to offer allergy friendly stuffed animal pets

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      This will be a big help to parents who have children with allergies. Friendly Stuffed Animals has been added to the RocketMoms 100 Hot Toddler Toys for Christmas 2010!

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 7 years ago

      This is great! This info would have helped my mom a ton when I was a kid.