Summer is winding down, school has started, and we are heading into Fall. With this change of season comes sinus and allergy issues. The uncomfortable and messy nose, chest or eye symptoms that you or your child might be experiencing around this time of year could be due to a pollen allergy. As a child, I never once had to think about allergies let alone deal with them but as a parent, that has changed. In February of this year, our 3-year-old son was diagnosed with a grass, tree and dust allergy. How do you keep an active boy away from grass and trees? While this is not what we would have liked for our outdoor loving child, managing his allergies has been much easier thanks to simple steps and routines we put in place daily.
Our son does take medicine daily to manage his allergies during peak time (Spring and early Fall) but we’ve also discovered simple ways to help keep the pollen and dust at bay. While everyone experiences allergies at different levels, these tips seem to really help us and I hope that they provide some additional relief to you as well.
- Have your child wear a baseball cap or hat. Keeping pollen away from their face is tough when playing outside. A hat not only keeps pollen away from their eyes, nose and mouth but out of their hair too. The added protection provides a shield from the sun as well.
- Give them a bath or shower daily. I know that as the months gets colder, we are less likely to give our son a bath (to help prevent his skin from dying out). But the more your child is outdoors, the more likely they will come in contact with pollen and other allergens. A night time bath removes those bothersome allergens and keeps them from collecting in your child’s bedding.
- Invest in Aller-Ease bedding. By using both pillow protectors and mattress protectors you are giving your child a full 360-protection from dust mites and other household pollen. The pillow and mattress covers enclose the entire top, bottom, and side surfaces of your pillow and mattress.
- Clean! Clean! Clean! I pride myself on a clean house but even I slack from time to time. Be sure to keep areas free of dust and animal dander by dusting and vacuuming on a regular basis. Be sure to wash their bedding on weekly as well.
- Check the weather before you leave the house. Be sure to visit the AccuWeather to check the allergy index before spending an extended period of time outdoors. This site not only gives you the local weather but also shows the pollen count for the day.
Managing allergies can be tricky. Especially with a little one who can’t blow their nose. But with a few modifications as well as new habits, the pain you feel with the discomfort of runny noses and sneezes can be eased a bit.