Dear Moms, Here’s How to Deal with Your Children’s Allergies
Parental burnout, we know all about that life. Especially when it comes to your kids’ allergies, dealing with it can be quite overwhelming and well…exhausting. You wouldn’t believe it, but up to 20 percent of all children in the U.S. suffer from allergies.
If your child is one of them, you what to do: Get ready for sneezing, sinus infections, asthma, and the attitude. We know it can be pretty much miserable for the whole family. This is why we created this guide to help you survive:
How Does it Happen?
The first step to helping your child if he or she has allergies is to understand where it’s coming from. Common allergy triggers include outside factors such as plant pollen, tree pollen, insect bites or even stings. Others include components indoors such as pet or animal hair, fur, dust mites, and mold. Peanuts, eggs, milk and dairy products can also affect or impact a child’s allergies. Surprisingly, cigarette smoke, perfume, and even car exhaust are known to trigger symptoms.
Although at times you can’t really prevent this, you may want to reduce exposure time in various circumstances such as staying outdoors too long or preventing any dust or mold from spreading in your home.
The second step to saving the day is knowing what you’re up against. Your child may experience symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, having itchy eyes, and a runny nose. Their stomach may also be upset and they may develop skin rashes. They can have difficulty breathing if they are prone to asthma. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Since you’re a supermom, make sure that you don’t start stressing in front of your child. Be patient with them. They’re not super happy about this whole allergy thing either!
Now that you know how to spot the common signs of allergies, you’ll be prepared to address these symptoms with some solutions.
Treatments & Tips
Although you can’t really cure your child’s allergies, you can always try and make them feel better. This depends on the type of allergy and the variations of symptoms they are showing. If your child comes to you with a runny nose, for example, you may want to give them an antihistamine.
The best time to give your kids antihistamines should be right before bed, as they can cause drowsiness and allergy symptoms are usually worse between 4 and 6 a.m. The antihistamines should be able to prevent any morning allergies, too.
If your child is showing signs of itchy or watery eyes, eye drops are the best option. There are over-the-counter eye drops such as Zaditor or Visine. This should help reduce itchiness or teary eyes for a few hours.
If your child is showing signs of allergies for a long period of time, and medications do not help, seek a family doctor as soon as possible to discuss other options (Trust us, you don’t want that crankiness for more than a few hours).
Last but not least, make sure that you are doing everything you can to prevent allergy triggers at home, and that you are using the correct medication to address the signs. If your child is not revealing signs of a runny nose, please don’t stick a nasal decongestant down his nose. We don’t think it will help!
You’re all prepared! Make sure that you don’t miss any other important guidelines and information for your child’s health. For all your medical services, we have dedicated doctors who can help. Call Us
January 15, 2018 9:22 am