sleeping childYou take every measure you can to protect your child. So why shouldn’t you protect their mattress? Children spend anywhere from 10-14 hours asleep in their beds. As a parent, you want to make sure anywhere your child is spending that much time is clean, safe and comfortable. Even if you clean your son or daughter’s bedding regularly, it still is not enough to ensure their bed is completely clean. Bedding products, such as zippered mattress encasements, are available to protect your child from dirt and many other harmful particles that could otherwise be lingering in their mattress and bedding. In addition to keeping your child’s mattress clean, using protective bedding has many other benefits that will help keep them healthy. Eliminate Allergens Allergens such as dust mites, pet dander and pollen can easily settle into the fibers of a child’s unprotected mattress. Your son or daughter will inhale these allergens while they sleep, causing allergy symptoms to be triggered if they suffer from allergies. This can cause them to wake up feeling unrested. Symptoms may also carry on through the day, leaving your child feeling miserable. Allergy protection bedding products are made specifically to keep allergens out of the fibers of your child’s bed. Allergy protection mattress covers are made of tightly woven material that create a protective shell around your son or daughter’s mattress. The mattress cover will work to keep allergens from settling into themattress, creating an environment for an allergy-free sleep. It’s also important to note that you can still use a mattress cover for protection even if the mattress your child is sleeping on is not brand new. An allergy protection mattress cover will not only block allergens from the outside, but will also trap any allergens that are already present inside the mattress, keeping them from being inhaled by your child. Prevent Bed Bug Infestation Many people think bed bugs only reside in seedy motels and other unsanitary places. While it’s true that bed bugs thrive in places with poor sanitation, they can also live in clean environments. If anyone in your family travels often it’s possible that a bed bug could hitch a ride on clothes or luggage. If mattresses aren’t protected, a stowaway bed bug could make it’s way into your child’s mattress or any other mattress in your home. Mattress encasements for bed bugs will create an impenetrable barrier the will keep bed bugs from entering your family’s mattresses. Protecting your child’s bed with a mattress cover can help keep their mattress clean, as well as preventing a number of possible health risks. It is especially important to keep your child’s mattress covered if they suffer from allergies. Are you currently protecting your child’s mattress? How has it helped him or her?