This article was submitted by Houston Sinus & Allergy. They specialize in treating nasal and sinus conditions and providing allergy care. They are committed to helping patients find long term relief from their symptoms.
Springtime will be quickly approaching, with sunny skies and blooming flowers. However, for many it means a sore throat, itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing among other symptoms. If you have children that suffer, you know that preparing for spring allergies is something you will need to do. After all, you want them to enjoy the good weather and have fun!
The first step is to recognize what is happening to their body. Start keeping records of your child’s situation so as to help you pinpoint what triggers the allergies. From this you can look for ways that will help to relieve the symptoms completely or lessen them.
Have a Bedtime Bath
Kids will be kids. They will be running about, having fun, and getting dirty. This can cause dust and pollen to stick to their body, clothing and hair. You’ll have to wrangle your children and get them into the bath, but it is for the best! These substances can mess with their airways and thus showering and putting on fresh night clothes this spring can help them sleep better.
Watch the Windows
It might seem obvious, but close windows when allergens are bothering your children. However, you can go an extra mile to ensure these allergens do not become problematic. You can do this by checking the pollen count before the windows are opened. Check this count everyday to help plan the activities of your children. Pollen count is usually high between 5 and 10am.
It helps to know when their symptoms flare up, as this will be essential to organizing their activities. Where possible plan their play toward the evening when the weed and grass pollen is low. Tight fitting glasses can help too to protect their eyes from pollen.
Start Antihistamines Early
These have come a long way since they were invented and most are effective if taken in the proper way. Your children should start taking this at the onset of spring even before symptoms of allergy are noticed. Additionally, you can give then at night or at least two hours before they carry out outdoor activities.
Continue giving your children medication throughout spring even if they show signs of improvement.
De–fluff the Living Space
If allergies plague your children, it will be a good idea to change the upholstered furniture for vinyl or leather. This is because upholstered furniture easily traps dust, animal dander and skin cells that can trigger allergic reactions. It’s easy to clean leather as all is needed is a damp cloth. A little bit of spring cleaning might be groan worthy, but it will definitely help when dealing with allergies!
Park Their Shoes
Everywhere your child goes their shoes are right there with them. Your children’s favorite spring shoes could be trapping toxins, allergens and pollutants. To prevent this, the shoes should be wiped and packed in the laundry room or garage. Additionally, leave outwear in the garage too as pollen can be spread to other garments that may lead to allergic reactions.
Run the Air Conditioner
This is great way of preventing the pollen entering your home which happens when the windows are opened. Additionally, air conditioners benefit your children in that they help reduce the humidity in your home. The filters you use on the air conditioners should be anti-allergen Hepa filters which maximize collection area and remove the smallest particles of dander and pollen from the air. These filters should be changed on a regular basis at least every 2 -4 months. Avoid opening the windows in the morning when the pollen is high. Additionally, do not use fans as they blow pollen around the room.
A Quick Outfit Change
If your child’s allergies are severe, ensure that they do not go outdoors with the clothes they wear indoors. It might be a little tedious to have multiple outfits prepared for the day, but this can help reduce the amount of exposure they will have to allergens! Cozy clothes and slippers will be most ideal for your child to stay comfortable during the spring allergy season.
Try to reduce or prevent your children from sleeping with their pets, as snuggling with them can cause sniffles even to children that are not allergic. If you want to know if your child is allergic to their pet, they will have a runny nose and sneezes for more than three weeks.
Clean the Home
Carpets may feel comfortable but they harbor dust mites that increase your child’s allergies. Additionally, in most cases they are placed over concrete floors and interfere with moisture evaporation that contributes to mold.
The green stuff that grows in your bath may give out spores that result to wheezing and sneezing among other allergic reactions. Scrubbing the bathroom with bleach and water will remove the mildew. Flip the vent fan in the bathroom too to prevent mold growth.
Clean other areas with the proper cleaning products that will not aggravate the allergic reactions in your children. Thoroughly clean every area of the home at least twice a month.
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