sad girlIs your child constantly sniffling and sneezing? Does he or she complain of itchy eyes or other cold-like symptoms? If these symptoms last longer than a week or two, your child may have allergies. Other signs of allergies include complaining of headaches or poor sleep, dark circles under the eyes and even eczema. If you’re worried your child may have allergies, not to fear. There are a number of steps you can take in order to help them get the proper care they need and cope with their symptoms. See a Doctor Before you do any kind of at-home or over-the-counter treatment you should be sure to take your son or daughter to an allergist. Your doctor will be able to test your child to see exactly what he or she is allergic to. An allergist will also be able to diagnose asthma, which is often present in children that suffer from allergies. Medicine or immunotherapy may be prescribed if your child suffers from more severe allergy symptoms.  Regardless of what measures are taken, an allergist is the best source of information of how to cope with your child’s allergies. Protect Where They Sleep One of the places your child is most vulnerable to allergens is their bed. They spend 7+ hours there while they sleep every night. If their bed is not protected, allergens are able to cling to the fibers of their mattress, pillow and bedding. Use a zippered mattress encasement and pillow protectors to help keep allergens off your child’s bed. These products will help create a protective shell around their mattress and pillow, keeping allergens from lingering on the fibers of their bedding. This will help them sleep symptom-free. Avoid Allergy Triggers After visiting your child’s allergist, you will know exactly what your son or daughter is allergic too. The best way to keep them feeling their best is to avoid triggering allergens as much as possible. It’s very unlikely that you will be able to protect your child from their allergy triggers 100% of the time, but you can take steps to keep their exposure to a minimum. For example, if your child is allergic to dust mites you should keep the house as dust-free as possible. This includes wiping down dust-collecting surfaces often and keeping the house clutter free. Another great way to help your child avoid dust mites is to wash stuffed animals in hot water. Having a child with allergies can be overwhelming, but the good news is there are many ways you can help your son or daughter cope. Does your child have allergies? What are some ways you have helped ease their allergy symptoms?