5 Tips to Help Your Kids Cope with Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies can pose a problem for the young and old alike. Allergens don’t discriminate. Unfortunately, the youngest members of our society are often overlooked when it comes to seasonal allergy suffering. If you’re a parent of a child with seasonal allergies, these tips are for you.

Know What Allergen is the Problem

Its difficult to help anyone when you aren’t sure what they need help with. Knowing if your child is allergic to ragweed, pet dander, or another allergen is important. It’s also important to verify that your child’s symptoms aren’t caused by a common cold. A visit to your pediatrician may help you get a better idea of what’s irritating your child’s sinuses.

Allergies Can Be Genetic

We all wish we could pick and choose our genetics, especially ones that dictate allergies. Unfortunately, scientists haven’t come up with a way to do that, so until that day comes parents should be aware that their allergies can be passed down to their children. However, the actual allergen that triggers a bodily response may be different between generations. If your family has a history of allergies, it may be an important factor in understanding your child’s problem.

Avoidance is Key

Depending on what the allergy is, avoiding it may be difficult for your child. However, limiting exposure may make a difference. If it’s a pollen allergy, avoid letting them play outside in the morning when the pollen counts are at their highest. Warm and dry days also tend to be worse for pollen. Windy days can also be particularly difficult for kids allergic to pollen.

After your child comes in from the outdoors, consider having them change their clothing to avoid bringing the pollen inside with them. Taking a bath or shower before bed to rinse off any lingering pollen may also help reduce exposure.

Keep Windows Shut

A nice breeze blowing through your windows may be your favorite part of spring, but it can also be a problem for children with allergies. Keep doors and windows shut as much as possible to avoid allowing allergens to blow inside and settle around your house.

Run an Air Purifier

An air purifier may help remove allergens like pollen and pet dander from the air inside your home. Consider using one in the common areas of your home, such as the living room, and in your child’s bedroom. Microscopic allergens can float around and settle on most surfaces in your home without you realizing it. Preventing them from doing so can be a big part of helping your child cope with their seasonal allergies.

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