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Allergy season is upon us! And for some of us, it’s a year round thing. I have a family history of seasonal allergies, so I know that it’s something that I have to be mindful of when it comes to my kids. Thankfully, there’s the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit by the makers of Children’s Claritin® to help me out. And here are 6 tips for helping kids with spring allergies.
For people who suffer from allergies, spring and summer can be cruel seasons. On the one hand, it can be great to get over your cabin fever and get outside, but on the other hand, it means another long season of suffering from allergies.
Here are some tips for you to help your children.
6 Tips for Helping Kids Deal with Spring Allergies
1. For one thing, try to keep your outdoor activities to a minimum on days when there is a high pollen count. It may be a bit of a pain but going out to do yard work on a day when the pollen count is high just doesn’t make sense.
It’s also good to know that pollen counts are generally at their highest early in the morning. If you do have to (or want to) get outside, try to wait until mid morning, after say, 10:30 a.m. you may find that the pollen count is more tolerable.
2. Keeping your doors and windows tightly shut will help minimize the pollen in your home. . Keeping pollen out of your house will make your time indoors somewhat more tolerable. Do not hang your clothes outside during these high pollen times.
If you hang your clothes outside, you have to understand that you are taking the chance of loading up your clothes with pollen.
3. To keep the pollen inside your home to a minimum another important thing to do is to change clothes and shower as soon as you get home. If you spend a lot of time wearing the same clothes that you’ve worn outside during the day, you will just bring that pollen into your home and spread it all over your furniture.
4. Be prepared to discuss your child’s allergy symptoms and family allergy history with your pediatrician.
- When did you first notice your child’s allergy symptoms? How old was he or she?
- Does anyone else in your family have allergies? Mom? Dad? Siblings?
5. Learn some of the differences between a cold and allergies using the Smart Allergy MomTM Toolkit:
It can be difficult to tell the difference between an allergy and a cold, even for a doctor. Why? Because many of the symptoms can be similar.
The Smart Allergy MomTM Toolkit website includes various tools to help understand and manage allergies in kids. Sections include:
- Learn (Provides information to help you understand if your child’s symptoms may be due to allergies)
- Ask (Provides talking points to help guide your conversation with the pediatrician around allergies for kids)
- Manage (Provides tips to manage your child’s allergies)
6. Another tip is to ask your child’s pediatrician for an over the counter product recommendation to manage your child’s allergy symptoms.
For children ages 2 and older, consider using Children’s Claritin®. It’s the #1 Pediatrician recommended non-drowsy, oral allergy brand. It provides 24-hour, non-drowsy allergy relief for both indoor and outdoor allergies so your kids can explore and enjoy freely.