Child care: Proper management of seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergies affect both children and adults. Due to the variety and availability of allergy medications in the market, many can treat the allergy symptoms of children once the peak season arrives.

Even though over-the-counter allergy medications are useful and provides easy control of the symptoms if a child has allergies, they are not often enough to provide relief to the child.

The steroid nasal sprays are readily available over-the-control without requiring a prescription but they should be used correctly to achieve the best effect. At that point, parents must set an appointment with a doctor for further treatment of the allergies.

Dos and don’ts in managing seasonal allergies

Whether you are attempting to manage the seasonal allergies of your child or already consulting a doctor, there are some dos and don’ts that you should be familiar with to get the most out of allergy relief as well as minimize potential side effects.

Seasonal allergies

Minimize the exposure of the child to the triggers including pollen from grasses, trees and weeds.

Dos of treating seasonal allergies

  • Consult the doctor if an over-the-counter allergy medication or a generic equivalent might be suitable to manage the child’s allergies, particularly if you have not used them before and/or if newer treatments are costly or not included by the insurance.
  • Ask the doctor regarding different allergy treatments or various combinations of medications.
  • Consult an allergist if further management is needed if the child is not given any relief from his/her allergy symptoms.
  • Monitor when the child experiences the allergy symptoms and the daily pollen count to pinpoint the triggers and which allergy seasons he/she might need to use medications.
  • Minimize the exposure of the child to the triggers including pollen from grasses, trees and weeds. This can be achieved by proper hand washing after playing outside, changing clothes and taking a bath or shower.

Don’ts of managing seasonal allergies

  • Combining allergy treatments that have the same ingredients or components.
  • Assuming that sneezing and runny nose are triggered by allergies particularly if the child has fever or yellowish or greenish nasal discharge which are common cold symptoms.
  • Allowing seasonal allergies to disrupt with the outdoor activities of the child especially if a doctor has not been consulted.
  • Forgetting to provide the child with his/her allergy medications every day if he/she has seasonal allergies and has symptoms on all or most days of the week.
  • Setting aside the worth of testing and/or allergy shots particularly if the symptoms are triggering asthma attacks, persistent sinus infections or other related complications.

The treatment for allergies is not an easy task, but with the right medication or arrangement of suitable measures, the child should be given adequate relief from the allergy symptoms even with the hard-to-control allergies that will not disrupt with his/her daily activities at home or at school.

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