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SEASONAL ALLERGIES AND KIDS HOW TO HELP THEM COPE
Author : Carolyn Eagle, Senior Editor, Health Media Today Category : Health and Wellness
Spring and summer are times for spending time outside but if your child suffers from allergies, they can also be filled with runny noses, itchy, watery eyes, and sneezing. If your child suffers from spring and summer allergies, here are some easy tips to keep in mind to help ease their suffering.
Watch What They’re Eating
If your child is allergic to ragweed, there are certain foods that can trigger a stronger allergic reaction. This is called oral allergy syndrome. The American Allergy and Asthma Foundation has identified the following potential trigger foods, particularly in their raw forms, because of their exposure to pollen: bananas, melons, chamomile tea, sunflower seeds, honey, zucchini, and cucumbers.
Get them to bathe or shower after playing outside or before bed.
Kids drag all that pollen in with them if they’ve been playing outside. They need to take a bath or shower, wash thoroughly (especially their hair) and put on fresh clothes before settling down in the house or going to bed to keep allergens off the furniture and out of their beds.
Close the windows and run the air conditioning if you can – in the house and the car
It’s not an idea solution when the weather is so beautiful outside, but it is critical to prevent allergens from coming in though the open windows of your house or your car.
Try vitamin C supplements.
Vitamin C can prevent the formation of histamines which are responsible for the runny nose, excess mucous and tearing eyes that come with seasonal allergies. Increasing their vitamin c intake with a supplement may help them fight the symptoms of allergies.
Keep an eye on the daily pollen counts
There are various websites which will alert you to the potential for allergens where you live on a daily basis. Take extra precautions when pollen counts are high.
Dust and vacuum your house regularly
Why must everything come down to more housework? Unfortunately, the best way to combat allergens in your home is to keep it as clean as possible. Allergens lurk in carpet and furniture causing symptoms to continue even when your child comes inside. You could also try allergen removal sprays like Febreeze. I also maintain a strict policy that shoes stay at the front door so allergens from running around outside don’t get dragged into the house.