Prepare Your Child for Seasonal Allergies
With the approach of spring, many people are looking forward to fresh spring breezes, trees getting their leaves again, and flowers blooming. But for those who suffer from allergies these things are dreaded more than welcomed! And when it’s your child that has the allergies, it can be hard as a parent to see your child suffer. So prepare ahead of time, before you’re in the thick of it. Here’s how to prepare your child for seasonal allergies.
See your child’s allergist
Before the advent of spring, pay your child’s allergist a visit. Especially if his or her allergies are severe, an allergist can prescribe antihistamines and other medications in advance to head off symptoms. This can mean the difference between having to spend the season indoors or being able to have time playing outside.
Spend time indoors
Yes, yes. Your child is excited to play outside as soon as the weather gets better, and playing outside is going to have to happen at times! But, during times of high pollen content (usually between 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.) or where your child’s allergens are at a high, plan for time indoors. Have plenty of indoor activities your child likes readily available. For a change of pace, visit the library, a children’s museum, or the aquarium, for example.
Don’t open windows
It’s tempting to let in that fresh spring air. But, for your child, that means sneezing and stuffy/runny noses galore. So, keep the windows closed. Make your home your child’s safe haven for breathing. Consider investing in a HEPA filtration system.
Avoid bringing pollen indoors
When you go outdoors, you can end up bringing pollen inside. Because of this it’s important to rid yourself of the pollen before coming indoors. Consider taking off your and your kids’ clothes when you come home and change into something else, so outdoor clothes can be washed and pollen can be removed. A shower before bed can also help rid your child’s body and hair from pollen, so he or she can sleep comfortably.
Mold allergies are very common in kids as well. The most common places it occurs are in places with constant moisture…basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Be sure to check often for leaks in the house, as these can lead to mold growth. If you do find mold, get rid of it promptly by cleaning well with a bleach/water solution.
Seasonal allergies are rough, but they shouldn’t have to severely affect your and your child’s life. Check allergen forecasts in advance and watch out for days your child’s allergens are low in order to plan outdoor time, which is important for its own reasons! If your child has a severe allergic reaction, MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care takes walk-ins and is prepared to help your child.
By taking the steps above, you can help prepare your child for seasonal allergies, and hopefully have a much more enjoyable spring!
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