Sneezing, sniffling and watery, itchy eyes. Absolutely nobody enjoys allergy season, especially our little ones. Like most ailments, babies and children tend to suffer more than adults. So think about how terrible you feel during allergy season and assume your little guy is feeling even worse.
But before you go reaching for the Kleenex, consider a few of these tips and pointers for how to help your whippersnapper whip and snap those seasonal allergies right on out of here.
Visit the pediatrician
First and foremost, schedule a visit with the pediatrician to ensure that it’s seasonal allergies (often referred to as hay fever) and not a sign of a more serious infection or the common cold. A good rule of thumb? Allergy and cold symptoms sometimes overlap but a cold should only last 7-10 days whereas allergy symptoms will persist longer. Either way – while you may be pretty sure it’s simply the spring pollen causing trouble, let the doctor confirm your suspicions so you can be sure to properly care for your tot. And be sure to tell the doctor if your little one has recently eaten or been exposed to anything different so you can rule out the possibility of non-seasonal allergies.
Prep the home
Turn your house into a lean, mean, allergy-fighting machine by building an arsenal (medicine cabinet) of children’s antihistamines, like Benadryl and investing in an air purifier. Place one purifier in your baby’s room and in the common living space. Resist the urge to enjoy the spring air by leaving windows open and instead opt for air conditioning. Also, it might not hurt to have a professional come in and take a look at your central air system to make sure it is clean, mold-free and ready for a full summer of use. In general, keeping your home as clean as possible – often dusting the bookshelves, dressers and washing bedding – will help keep allergy-causing substances at bay.
Monitor outdoor playtime
When the kids are outside try to discourage them from playing around flowers or flowering trees. Additionally, schedule outdoor activities after 10am as pollen levels are the highest during the early morning hours. It may also be a good idea to check the local weather report for pollen count. There tends to be more pollen in the air when it’s especially windy or dry outside. Those are the days when it’s probably best to find activities to keep the little ones busy inside. Finally, when your child has been outside for a significant amount of time, change his clothes and throw the clothes in the wash right away. You may also want to bathe him as soon as possible to rinse away or at least wash his hands.
Have a tip we missed? Leave it in a comment below! Until next time, keep those little ones feeling great and enjoy this beautiful time of the year! Happy Monday!
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