Spring has sprung — and so have seasonal allergies. Here’s how to help your child find relief from sneezing, a runny nose, and other bothersome symptoms.
The beginning of spring brings blooming flowers, warmer weather, and fun times outdoors. Unfortunately, for many kids, it can also bring sneezing, runny noses, itchy throats, congestion, coughing, and watery eyes. If that’s the case for your child, they likely have seasonal allergies.
Though seasonal allergies can be triggered in summer and fall, as well, the abundance of pollinating trees in the spring can make them especially common in March, April, and May. Though it’s impossible to completely avoid seasonal allergy triggers, there are a number of simple steps you can take to decrease your child’s exposure to allergens and soothe their symptoms.
Easy Ways to Find Relief
At-home solutions offer some of the simplest and most effective ways to help your child find relief from spring allergies. For example, keeping windows closed in your car and home and changing your child’s clothes and washing their hands, face, and body after outside time can drastically reduce their exposure to pollen.
If your child’s allergies are particularly bad this season, you may want to consider turning to medication. Fortunately, many safe and gentle medications are available over the counter for children’s seasonal allergies.
Claritin, for example, is available over the counter as a syrup for children aged two and older and as a tablet for children over age six. Generic versions of Claritin are also available, and are sold under the name loratadine. Similarly, Zyrtec (cetirizine) is available over the counter as a syrup for younger kids and a tablet for older kids.
Additionally, many steroidal nasal sprays are available over the counter. Though children tend to find nasal sprays uncomfortable and may not like them, they offer powerful relief and can be a quick and effective means of controlling seasonal allergies.
Of course, there are also other over-the-counter allergy medications such as Benadryl; however, many of these can make your child drowsy and likely shouldn’t be used on a daily basis. While these medications can be a good option in a pinch — or if your child is experiencing a particularly severe bout of allergies — it’s generally advisable to turn to a non-drowsy option for daily use instead.
A Partner in Keeping Your Child Healthy
Check with your pediatrician for specific recommendations on tactics, medications, and dosages, or to receive a prescription for a medication that may be a better fit for your child than the over-the-counter options discussed above. If your child doesn’t have a pediatrician, or if you’re seeking a new pediatrician, consider contacting Kids’ Health.
As a kid-centric doctor’s office, we’re dedicated to helping your child reach their best, physically, emotionally, and academically — no matter the season. Reach out today to schedule an initial consultation or appointment.