Seasonal allergies are no fun, whether you are child or an adult, but an adult’s pain is doubled, as they watch their children suffer. Seasonal allergies, such as tree pollen, affect almost 40% of children living in the United States. Symptoms of seasonal allergies range from mild to severe, and can include, but not be limited to sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes. Mild symptoms are annoying, but severe symptoms can have an impact on a child’s schoolwork and social activities.
Depending on the season, children who suffer with allergies understand that even the simplest pleasures, such as playing outside with friends can be torture. For instance, children who are allergic to grass, suffer the most during the summer months. Anyone allergic to ragweed feel the worst during the autumn months, and children allergic to pollen find that symptoms increase during the spring months.
To reduce symptoms and limit stress, below are some helpful tips:
- Plan the family vacation around allergy seasons. Enjoy a winter ski trip, if summer allergies hit your child the hardest.
- Children love camps, but if traditional summer camps that are outside are impossible, explore other options, such as computer camps and/or art camps that are inside, but still stimulate their minds. These camps will allow them to engage socially and tap into their creativity.
- Being part of a sports team, such as soccer can trigger allergies, but it is no reason to limit a child’s desire to play on a team. Swimming, dance, and even martial arts may be good sport team alternatives.
- Mornings are when pollen count is the highest, so encourage outdoor play late in the afternoon.
- It is highly recommend that children wash up/shower each evening, to wipe off any microscopic particles of grass or lingering pollen.
- Since pet dander is a common allergen among many children, encourage children to have their friends over to your home for a visit and even a sleepover.
- A day at the park maybe relaxing for some people, but for those children with allergies, this could be a nightmare. Instead, head to the ocean when allergy sufferers usually find some relief.
- When pollen count is high, indoor activities are fun, such as visiting a museum and story time at the local library.
- Keep windows and doors closed when allergy symptoms are high. Use the air conditioner to keep the home and car cool.
- Vacuum often and invest in a high-efficiency air filer, to reduce symptoms of allergies.
Prescription medication may become necessary; so speak to your pediatrician, to seek the best treatment to have your child feeling the best they can be.