The worst thing a parent can experience is to watch their child suffer. Children's allergies can put a damper on many everyday tasks. But there are ways you can help everyone adjust to the new “normal” and take back control of your child’s wellbeing.
First, determining what your child is allergic to is key. Your family doctor can provide a number of tests to find out what is causing the symptoms or reactions. Take note of when your child’s symptoms occur and come prepared with as much information as you can.
Once you know what your child is allergic to, you can build a plan to start addressing the symptoms, and also find some new solutions to avoid the allergen. While there are many types of allergies, here are some tips for dealing with the most common types:
When pollen levels are high, your child may develop seasonal allergies. Sneezing and sniffling is no fun, especially when the weather is warm and your kid just wants to play. Try tracking the pollen levels in your city with a weather app to avoid outdoor play when levels are high. You can also combat the symptoms with a medicine like Genexa’s Allergy-D for Children, specifically designed for children's allergies.
This one is a little tougher and cannot always be controlled. Nut allergies are some of the most common in young children, and can also be the most frustrating. While you do everything you can to maintain a nut-free environment in the home, once your child steps out that door you lose control. It is important to alert your child’s school or daycare as soon as you have determined what type of allergy he or she has so they can prepare the environment and other parents. Educate yourself as much as possible to avoid potentially giving your child something that could spur a reaction.
While puppies and babies may be adorable together, they don’t always mix well. If your child has a pet allergy, it can be hard to keep them away from the cute and cuddly creature. Depending on the severity of their symptoms, they may be able to take an allergy medicine before interacting with a pet and wash their hands immediately after. Some allergic reactions can be more severe, so make sure to monitor the symptoms and make your best judgement call. There are certain breeds of cats and dogs that are considered “hypoallergenic” so do your research to determine the best pet for your family.
Children’s allergies can be tough for you as a parent, but don’t forget that your child may be feeling sensitive, too. Try to make sure you express that allergies aren’t their fault, and show your support by answering questions and sharing information about their allergies often. The more your child knows, the more they can protect themselves and continue to enjoy their childhood.