My kids love to spend time outside and it’s perfect for getting that excess energy out! Unfortunately it’s allergy season and I have the hardest time tackling it when it comes to my kids! I hate seeing them cry and have bright red noses even though it’s cute! This week Mommy Engineering introduces Emma Lawson with her tips on how to help your kids survive this year’s allergy season!
6 Helpful Tips to Help Your Kids Survive Allergy Season
It’s extremely important and beneficial for kids to spend a lot of time playing outside, but seasonal allergies can be pretty distressing. Come spring, the air is filled with pollen which causes red, itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. Parents get upset, especially when toddlers and young kids are affected. However, there are some measures of precautions that you can take in order to reduce pollen exposure and help your kids feel better. The first thing you should do is make sure that the culprit behind these symptoms is a pollen allergy, so schedule an appointment with your pediatrician before you start following any of these tips.
Pollen counts and forecasts
Luckily, there are pollen forecasts that can help you plan your day. Usually, pollen counts start rising in the morning, and they peak somewhere the midday and early afternoon. During these hours, don’t take your kids outside, and close all windows to prevent the pollen from entering your home. Use air conditioners with HEPA filters to recirculate the air. If you want to be on the safe side, a top-notch air purifier for allergies can do wonders for your respiratory health. Such devices are highly recommended for anybody suffering from hay fever or asthma.
Wash their hands
Whenever your kids get home from playing outside, wash their hands. It’s also a good idea to change their clothes as the pollen sticks to them, and wash it in warm water. When your kids are outside, they tend to rub their itchy eyes, thus additionally irritating them, so wearing sunglasses is a good idea. Cold compresses can be used to soothe itching eyes. There are also special cleansing wipes for eyes and they’re very practical when your kids are playing outside and when you can’t wash their faces.
Use salt water
A stuffy nose is one of the most unpleasant things when it comes to allergies. It’s very upsetting when you see your kids have a hard time breathing. This problem prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep and it affects their appetite. Salt water can be used as a spray, or for nasal irrigation. This magic potion will help clear the nose, flush the pollen, and even loosen mucus. You can either get it from the pharmacy or make it yourself by adding a teaspoon of non-iodized salt in 8 ounces of boiled water.
Sneezing and blowing the nose all the time can lead to dehydration, so help your kid by keeping a bottle of water nearby and having them sip on it at intervals. Apart from keeping them hydrated, water will also flush any germs out of their system and help them recover faster.
Adjust their diet
Spicy foods are beneficial because they can help loosen mucus and clear a stuffy nose. You can try adding onion, garlic, or hot ginger to your dishes and see how your kids react to those ingredients. On the other hand, kids that are allergic to ragweed can also be allergic to certain kinds of food, including cucumbers, sunflower seeds, bananas, or melons. If your kids are allergic to grass pollen, then you should check whether they’re not allergic to figs, oranges, or tomatoes. Stay away from processed foods, as well as from foods treated with pesticides, and stick to natural, organic products.
Give your kids allergy medicine in order to prevent the symptoms. It’s best for them to take their dose before going to bed at night because that’s how they will be ready for the new day. There are some natural cough solutions based on the ivy leaf extract, beneficial for clearing the chest from mucus. Consult your pediatrician before introducing any medicine.
As you can see, there are ways to help your kids get through the allergy season. The key lies in minimizing their exposure to allergens and allergy-proofing your home.
Emma Lawson is an online article editor at ripped.me. She likes to do research on healthy lifestyle and share it with her audience. She also tries to suggest innovative home remedies.
Things to Consider
Have you used any of these tips to help reduce the stress of allergy season with your kids?
What’s your favorite tip from Emma?
What other tips have you found that has helped your kids survive allergy season?
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