sick kidHas your child been plagued with a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes or other cold-like symptoms since the arrival of spring? Has he or she been sleeping poorly or complaining of headaches? If these symptoms have lasted longer than a week or two, your child may have seasonal allergies. Some other allergy symptoms in children may include circles under the eyes and even eczema. Knowing that your child could be an allergy sufferer can leave parents feeling helpless. But there are a number of steps you can take to help ease your child’s symptoms and ensure that he or she gets the proper medical attention they need for their allergies. Visit an Allergist Visiting an allergist should be your first step if you suspect that your child has seasonal allergies. An allergist 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. Your child may be prescribed medicine or immunotherapy that could help with their allergy symptoms.  Regardless of what measures are taken, an allergist is the best source of information regarding how to cope with your child’s allergies. Help Your Child Avoid Allergy Triggers One of the best ways to keep your child’s allergy symptoms to a minimum is to keep them away from the triggers that are causing them. If your allergist determines that your child is allergic to outdoor allergens such as pollen, keep them indoors as much as possible when allergens are at their peak. This may be difficult, especially if your child plays sports or loves playing outdoors. If you can’t keep your child indoors all the time during allergy season at least have them avoid the outdoors during mid-morning or the early evening when the pollen count is highest. Also have them avoid the outdoors during heavy winds. Make Your Home a Safe Zone You may not be able to prevent your child from going outside for the entire allergy season, but you can keep allergens out of your home. Here are a few measures you can take to make sure your living space is allergy-free:
  • When your child comes in from outside have them change and bathe right away. This will remove any lingering outdoor allergens before they can cause symptoms indoors.
  • Use allergy protective bedding on your child’s bed. These products will keep allergens from settling into your child’s bedding and prevent their allergies from becoming irritated while they sleep.
  • Make breathing indoors easier. Use a humidifier in the house and in your child’s room to help combat allergy symptoms by humidifying the air.
  • Keep windows and doors shut to prevent pollen and other outdoor allergens from coming into your home. When it’s warm out use an air conditioner to cool your house instead of a fan or open windows.
You will not be able to get rid of your child’s allergies completely, but by taking these measures you will help them feel some relief and get the proper medical attention they need.