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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Children & Season Allergies

Children & Seasonal Allergies

Spring, summer, fall, and winter. Children – and adults – can suffer from seasonal allergies any time of year. We’ve provided 7 tips for helping you and your children find relief.

Allergy Relief for Children
  1. Indoor Air Quality. The air inside your home is under constant bombardment from allergens that are released by pets and soft surfaces where dust has settled: carpeting, upholstered furniture and mattresses, draperies, bedding and the like. Keep these surfaces as well as all the nooks and crannies in your home vacuumed free of dust.
  2. Prevent or remove mold/mildew. Warm, damp places are where mold and mildew reside. Keep shower and tub walls and floors properly sanitized to prevent mold or mildew from growing. Check under kitchen sinks and bathroom lavatories for any signs of mold or mildew and properly remove it immediately.
  3. Dry nasal passages are a bad cold or allergy waiting to happen. Make sure the air in your home stays properly moisturized to prevent nasal passages from drying out and over-producing mucous. A humidifier is a great way to do this!  Just remember that too much of a good thing can also have negative effects so keep air moist not damp. See if your child is willing to try a saline nasal rinse.  When used on a regular basis, it will aid in keeping the nasal passages moist and clear.
  4. Eat Right. Fresh fruits and veggies year round are great sources of nutrition and essential vitamins. Rather than cooking green, leafy vegetables, try steaming them instead. Steaming locks in vitamins whereas cooking in water (boiling) removes most of the nutrients. Fresh fruits are excellent nutrition when eaten raw or made into creamy smoothies. Make sure that the fats used in cooking are good fats – the unsaturated kinds such as olive oil and canola oil.
  5. Avoid Sugar. Sugar is addictive and can lower the immune system’s defenses.  Trade in the sweets for homemade dried fruits made from apples, apricots, mangoes, and other delectable fruits. Switch sweetened fruit juices for water and milk.
  6. Exercise. Teach your children – by example – the importance of getting enough exercise daily. Children have energy to burn and exercise is an important component to helping them grow big and strong. When your children are grown up, they will already know that the best stress reliever is exercise.
  7. Administer an antihistamine when necessary. Antihistamines provide temporary relief from sinus pressure, sneezing, scratchy throat, and itchy, watery eyes. Don’t wait until your child is suffering from symptoms before giving them an antihistamine. Always check with your child’s pediatrician first if you are unsure of dosing or if she has had allergic reactions to antihistamines in the past.

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