Springtime ushers in warm weather and blossoming flowers and trees. Despite the lovely weather, springtime allergies affect many people. Heavy amounts of pollen cause many people to suffer from stuffy or runny noses and watery eyes. Children can become frustrated because even though the weather changes and the daylight hours extend, they are held back due to their allergies. Here are a few steps you can take to help alleviate your child’s springtime allergy symptoms.
Use allergy prevention techniques
Prevention is the best way to avoid pollen and dust allergies. Have your child wear sunglasses to prevent itchy, watery eyes. Another option is to have your child wear clothing made of synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, and spandex. If your child has spent time playing outside, have them take a shower to wash off anything they picked up outdoors that could trigger an allergy.
Administer allergy medication early
Your pediatrician may prescribe antihistamines in order to manage your child’s allergy symptoms. Some of these medications are short-acting, while some are on a time-release that lasts up to 24 hours. It is best to begin administering allergy medication to your child before springtime. Administering in advance will give the medication time to start working and reduce the chance of your child experiencing discomfort.
A nasal spray or eye drops are also great options for allergy relief. If allergy symptoms persist, your child may need allergy testing. Discuss testing and treatment options with your pediatrician. Your child may be able to find relief from springtime allergy symptoms through prescription medication or allergy shots.
Shut windows and doors
It can be tempting to leave your doors and windows open during springtime. However, keeping the doors and windows shut will prevent outdoor allergy triggers from affecting your children. You want to minimize the amount of pollen in your home and preventing allergens from entering in the first place is the best option.
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