It’s safe to say that watching your child suffer from an allergy is as good as living the pain yourself. An allergy is basically when your kid comes in contact with allergen sources, his or her body confuses them with a harmful substance and attacks them by releasing histamine into the body, which causes allergy symptoms.
Whether they’re at home, school, a friend’s house, or soccer practice, it’s impossible for kids to completely avoid indoor and outdoor seasonal allergens. There are ways to minimize their exposure to common allergy triggers and manage their symptoms to give them some relief.
Between going to school, playing with friends, or spending the night at grandparents, you don’t have control over the presence of allergens. Inform whoever is in regular contact with your child about their allergies and letting them know what they can do to help.
To help reduce allergen exposure, have them habitually wash their faces and hands when they come home, and change out of messy clothes immediately.
Kids understand far more than we give them credit for. Talk to yours openly about what may trigger allergies, so they know what to look out for and avoid – from dust in classrooms to that friendly stray.
Childhood allergy symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes and itchy throat. Use this handy worksheet to track your child’s symptoms so you can better understand the cause of all that sniffling and sneezing.
Allergies can affect sleep, cause daytime fatigue and impact school performance. Make sure your children are getting the rest they need to help them be at their best.
From climbing trees to rolling in the grass, allergens from pollen and mold can make the outdoors a nightmare for kids with allergies. Know more about managing outdoor allergies in the Know Your Allergy tab on this website.
Whether it’s at home, or in school, or a friend’s place, there are enough triggers for allergies indoors. Know more about managing indoor allergies in the Know Your Allergy tab on this website.