Achoo! Hello, Allergy Season.
Spring is here - the weather is changing, the flowers are blooming, and, even as the wave of winter sickness winds down, your family is sneezing...Allergy season is officially underway, and by all accounts, it’s going to be especially intense. A wet winter has provided lots of plant growth and recent warm weather has kicked up the pollen, creating the perfect allergenic storm. Read on for our best tips to keep sneezes at bay!
Is it Allergies or a Cold?
After what felt like a notably long, sick winter, you might assume you’ve come down with another bug (children are cold-magnets after all), but if you’ve been sneezing for weeks on end, it’s likely allergies. A few other ways to tell: allergies don't cause fevers or yellow/green mucus. If those symptoms are showing, it’s likely an infection and another reason we always recommend keeping a TempTraq or two on hand (save $4 at Target through 4/15)! Up to 40% of kids suffer from allergies and if you or your partner have a history with them, it’s likely your little ones will too.
It’s Allergies - Some of our Favorite Tips for Relief.
Many parents like to avoid loading their kids up on over-the-counter meds, but there’s no reason to let your little one suffer if their symptoms are especially intense. Children’s Benadryl at nap or nighttime can provide much-needed relief (#RestisBest!). Tip: you may want to test Benadryl at naptime first as antihistamines can sometimes have adverse effects on kid causing excitability. If your child is congested, Vick’s Baby Rub on the bottoms of their feet can help open airways. We also like Zarbee’s Soothing Chest Rub and Honest Company’s Baby Vapor Rub.
Diffusing lavender, lemon and peppermint oils can help relieve symptoms. Lavender and lemon are both natural antihistamines and peppermint is known to clear airways and relieve headaches. Honey is another natural alternative. Pick up some local honey from your farmer’s market and add it to your kid’s next smoothie — emphasis on local! Local honey contains bits of local pollen and many people believe it can help ease symptoms. Note: children younger than 1-year should not consume honey. As always, check with your doctor with questions or concerns.
Controlling your environment is your best bet if you have an allergy-prone kid. In the spring and summer, during the grass pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the evening, so make plans accordingly. Keep car windows closed and your home cool and dry. New house rule: all shoes stay outside. Vacuum rugs frequently and change furnace and A/C filters to keep irritants out of your home. Visit your local gymnastics center instead of the park, and have older kids begin taking non-sedating antihistamines. If you have pets, bathe them frequently. Even mildly windy days can kick up major amounts of pollen, so be flexible in your daytime activities and avoid exacerbating symptoms if you can.
Armed with these tips and this handy allergy tracker, you’ll be back to enjoying all of the sunny Spring weather and fun outdoor activities in no time.
Don’t forget to enter our Spring Fever TempTraq + Lalabu Giveaway before 4/30!
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