Managing Children’s Allergies

Allergies can cause kids a world of misery, and parents to be stricken with worry. Fortunately, implementing these simple tips can help to alleviate your child’s allergy symptoms, and provide you with some much needed assurance.

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Overview

An allergy is an exaggerated response of your child’s immune system to allergens, which include dust mites , mold , pet dander and pollen . When your child comes into contact with these allergens, his or her body mistakenly identifies them as harmful substances, and attacks them by releasing histamine into the body, causing your child to experience the symptoms of an allergy.

Be it at home, school, a friend’s house or soccer practice, it’s virtually impossible for a child to completely avoid being exposed to indoor and outdoor seasonal allergens. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize their exposure to common allergy triggers and manage their symptoms effectively, which will enable your little sniffler to spend more time playing, and less time sneezing.

CHILDREN'S ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

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RUNNY, ITCHY NOSE
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ITCHY, WATERY EYES
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SNEEZING
ITCHY SKIN RASH
ITCHY SKIN RASH
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Tips for Keeping Kid’s Allergies in Check

It Takes a Village

Between going to school, having play dates with friends, or spending the night at grandma’s house, your child’s exposure to both outdoor and indoor allergens are somewhat out of your control. However, you can still manage your child’s exposure to allergens by sitting down everyone who comes into regular contact with your child together, explaining to them about your child’s allergies, and letting them know how they can help to prevent your child from suffering an allergy .

Wash Away Allergens

Your child may not always remember to tell you that they were exposed to an allergy trigger, or allergy triggers, which include petting a bunny at school, or rolling in a pile of dried leaves at a friend’s house. Hence, to minimize their exposure to allergens, have them make it a habit to wash their faces and hands thoroughly with soap and water when they come home.11

Open Up

It’s important to talk openly with your children about common allergy triggers. Equipping them with this information will help them to look out for, and avoid these allergens. For example, dust in a classroom or their best friend’s cat. One easy way to start this conversation with a child is by reading Casey and the School Day Sneezes,a free eBook about allergies in children, to them.

Keep Track Of Allergy Symptoms

A child's allergy symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and an itchy throat. To track your child’s symptoms effectively, you can opt to use this symptom tracker which will also help you to better understand the cause of all that sniffling and sneezing.

Sleep Smart

Allergies can have a debilitating effect on sleep, cause daytime fatigue and impact your child’s academic performance. Therefore, it is essential that your child is getting enough restful sleep daily in order for them to be at their best every day. Don’t forget to do the same for yourself!

Be Prepared

Be sure to keep children’s allergy medicine on hand for whenever allergy symptoms may strike. Children’s Clarityn® Syrup 24-Hour is safe for consumption by kids 2 years and older.

Conquer The Great Outdoors

Outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold can quickly turn a fun day out to a miserable experience for children who suffer from allergies. Identifying easy-to-implement tips for managing an outdoor allergy can enable you to alleviate your child’s symptoms effectively, and allow your little one to enjoy more of the great outdoors, worry-free.

Give Indoor Allergies The Boot

From home to school to grandma’s house, following these easy tips will help you to manage your child’s indoor allergy to dust mites , mold and pet dander better.

REFERENCES

  1. Allergy Prevention Tips. Accessed February 9, 2018.