As we finally say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with open arms, we can also be preparing our children for the influx of allergies that this season brings with it.
With pollen from trees, weeds, and grass on the rise, our children can find their bodies reacting to these allergens and developing irritating symptoms.
These symptoms are caused when the body releases a chemical called ‘histamine’ to try and defend itself.
If there’s one thing in life we can be sure of, it’s that we don’t like to see our children suffer.
There are some excellent pediatricians in Mt Dora, Florida to help you navigate environmental allergies, food allergies, and immunodeficiency allergies.
Pediatricians ensure that they’re at the forefront of diagnosing and treating allergies and aim to make the symptoms manageable, planning for long-term treatment.
But also take some time to look through our tips to help ease the irritation for your child and help them enjoy the outdoors again.
Become familiar with the most likely cause of your child’s irritations.
Is there a common offender present when the symptoms arise?
Know how to differentiate between an allergy symptom or a common cold. Seasonal allergies will bring itchy noses and throats, red and irritated eyes and a watery, runny nose.
If your child has a cold, the runny nose will have thicker mucus, generally green or yellow.
Try a cold compress for irritated eyes, and a warm shower or bath to help with nasal congestion. The steam will offer some relief to symptoms.
Salt water is a brilliant alternative to over-the-counter nasal spray and remember to keep your child well hydrated. You can use salt water to gargle with as well, to help sore throats.
Make sure you’ve got some over-the-counter medication in the house so that you’re prepared if the allergies surface.
The safest options are non-sedating antihistamines, nasal sprays, and eye drops.
Although it would be impossible to avoid the outdoors completely, you can carefully time your outings so that you miss the peak of the allergens.
For example, pollen is rife in the morning, so plan your trip or outdoor play in the late afternoon.
Keep windows shut in the house wherever possible, and wash your child’s hair thoroughly when you come back in.
If you’ve tried all the above to no avail, speak with your pediatrician about allergy shots. Called allergy immunotherapy, your child will benefit from weekly injections in the early stages, moving on to top-up injections over the future years.
These shots should dramatically reduce the severity of the symptoms and make the allergies much more bearable for your child.
If you have any questions, contact us today!