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Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.

Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

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obama plush dog toysThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Helps Parents Find Toys that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly®

Allergy season is around the corner, and parents should be aware of the asthma and allergy triggers in both their home and outdoor environment. With windows and doors buttoned up for winter, dust, mold, and other allergens can quickly accumulate inside – making things like children’s toys a magnet for these allergens.

One way to recognize toys as being more suitable for asthma and allergies is by looking for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark on the packaging. Toys that are certified asthma & allergy friendly® have undergone material tests to make sure they don’t have properties that are likely to irritate both asthma and allergy symptoms. They must also be tested for certain chemicals that could cause allergic or irritant reactions. Lastly, any allergen accumulating within a stuffed toy must be removable by laundering in a washing machine.

If you’re not sure whether or not the toy you want is certified, just pull up the asthma & allergy friendly® Certified Products App on your smartphone and scan the barcode. You can also browse certified products ahead of time and see which stores carry them. It’s that easy!

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8.20.15 Back to School  State Honor Roll Image 1st Day of School EditedThe back to school season is stressful for any parent. You have to buy new clothes, new supplies, and new lunch boxes. Not to mention you have to figure out afterschool care. Oh, and if your child has asthma or allergies, you need to make sure they’ll be safe at school when you’re not around. So let’s just add scary to the stress for parents of children with asthma or allergies.

You’re very aware of your child’s triggers so you can actively work to reduce their exposure in your home through simple cleaning routines or long-term renovations. But do their principles, teachers, or school nurses know what triggers your child’s asthma or allergies? Do they know what to do if your child has an asthma attack or allergic reaction?

Triggers can be anywhere and everywhere at a school. Rugs or carpeting can collect dirt and dust mites. Classroom pets are cute but problematic. Rigorous sports may exert your son or daughter and there are bees on the playground with freshly mowed grass. For children with food allergies, the cafeteria presents a problem and so do the treats sent by other parents.

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