21 Feb Seasonal Allergies—Preventing and Relieving Symptoms
Seasonal allergies can impact any person at any age—and no matter how much we dread them, there is nothing you can do to stop seasonal allergies from coming. And while dealing with seasonal allergies as an adult can be one thing—it can be even more painful when you have to see your child suffering from these types of allergies.
This is why it is so important to know what you can do to help prevent seasonal allergy symptoms before they occur and treat them once they appear—so you can help keep your child as comfortable and symptom-free as possible.
- Keep your home clean. Keeping your child’s home environment as clean as possible is an easy way to start keeping allergy symptoms at bay. Pollen, mold, and other allergens can easily hide in your kid’s shoes, hair, and clothes.
So, make sure at the end of the day during allergy season—make sure that they bathe from head to toe and shampoo their hair. Wash away allergens right away when they come home and make sure that everyone takes their shoes off when they come in the house—you don’t want to be bringing these unwanted allergies inside. Instead, you want to make sure that being indoors is a reprieve from outdoor allergies.
As part of this—also make sure that you keep the windows and doors closed during allergy season.
- Use a Nasal Spray. Seasonal allergies are known to cause congestion—and while antihistamines can help, they may not relieve this congestion build-up. A nasal spray, or more specifically a nasal steroid, can help break up that congestion so your child can breathe, stay comfortable, and even get enough sleep at night.
You shouldn’t feel like you need to keep your kids indoors during allergy season. It is so important that they can get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and play with their friends. Encourage your kids to get outdoors without worrying about their allergy symptoms.
- Try an over-the-counter antihistamine. Go to your local pharmacy to find a kid-friendly, over-the-counter, once a day antihistamine. Histamines are chemicals in the body that are naturally released when your child interacts with allergens such as pollen. This is what causes runny noses and watery eyes.
An antihistamine will block the body from releasing these chemicals, and ultimately stop these unwanted reactions from happening. Antihistamines work quickly. Just make sure you look for non-sedating, kid-friendly options so you aren’t giving your child too much and so your child can avoid allergy symptoms without feeling drowsy.
If you have questions about your child’s allergy symptoms and on ways you can help prevent and relieve allergy symptoms, then call Continuum Pediatrics to set up an appointment today. You can reach us at 817-617-8600 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors so we can help your child get control over their uncomfortable allergy symptoms during this time of year.