Allergies can feel inescapable, whether you’re a child or an adult, but when it’s your child who is uncontrollably sneezing, itching, or coughing, it can be even harder to deal with. We often feel responsible for helping our kids feel better, even if we can’t control things like the weather or the pollen count. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help your child breathe a little easier, and that’s what we will cover in this blog.
Today’s blog post is the fourth and final installment of our allergy series, wrapping up with a few more steps you can take to combat your child’s symptoms. Feel free to check out our Allergies 101 post as well as the first, second, and third parts of this series to review all our advice. We hope that you learned a lot and gained a few tips that help make allergy season a little easier for your family.
If you need an allergy test for your child, or you need further advice on helping reduce the triggers in your child’s life, please don’t hesitate to contact Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado! We are here to help, and this blog, along with our website and our 24/7 phone line, will continue to provide you with resources to help your kids live better, healthier lives.
One of the most important steps you can take to help reduce your child’s symptoms is to make your home as allergen-free as possible. You want your child to be able to play and sleep in peace, and while you can’t keep every possible trigger outside, you can take a few steps to reduce them.
Get an Air Cleaner
Clean air filters are important, but if your child is still suffering from allergies at home, then you can go a step further and invest in an air cleaner. A high-quality HEPA air cleaner can eliminate allergens and toxins from the air as it passes through the system. Try a whole-home model or, for a more targeted approach, install one to specifically filter the air entering your child’s bedroom.
Limit Exposure to Pets
As we mentioned in part two of this blog series, pets can be a source of allergens in several ways. Pet dander is a common allergen, but even if your child is not allergic to your cat or dog, your pet’s fur can carry other triggers in from the outside, like pollen. Reducing their movement in and out of the house is one way to reduce this carryover. You may also choose to limit their movement throughout the house – or at least keep them off the couch, for example. Limiting their interactions with your child can also be helpful.
Reduce Heat and Humidity
Another way you can help reduce your child’s allergy symptoms is by making your home more inhospitable to the allergens that trigger them. Dust mites, cockroaches, and mold can all trigger reactions, and all three enjoy warm, humid places. Many thermostats allow you to control both the temperature and humidity of your home, and reducing both can help fight allergens. You may also consider a dehumidifier for your child’s room.
Aside from planning ahead and making lifestyle changes, antihistamines or nasal sprays specifically formulated for children may be helpful. If you decide to try over-the-counter medication, however, make sure that the medication will be effective for your child’s specific allergies and that it’s safe for children. Your child’s pediatrician can help you brainstorm solutions. In fact, your local pediatric office might have additional ways to help reduce your child’s allergy symptoms, such as immunotherapy or allergy shots. Look for a future blog post to learn more about those options or call Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado now to speak to a doctor!
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