This time of year can be especially tricky for parents. With the changing weather, many children are left to face the consequences of seasonal allergies. The sneezing, itching, and watery eyes can make daily life uncomfortable and hinder their overall well-being. As a parent, it's important to understand the causes of seasonal allergies and how to effectively manage them.
Here are some useful tips to protect your child during the seasonal changes, understand the triggers, and navigate the right treatment to ensure they are well looked after:
- Keep an eye on the pollen count: Keeping a check on pollen forecasts through your local newspapers or TV broadcasts might be of help, especially during the pollen season. Avoid stepping out of the house during early mornings and late evenings in particular since that is when the pollen count tends to be on the higher side!
- Clothes can make all the difference: Dressing your child in long sleeves and full pants can reduce direct exposure to allergens. Plus, if your child is stepping out, sunglasses may come in handy, especially if they have a tendency to itch their dry eyes.
🦕 Side note: try not to hang the laundry outside during this season! You can never be too sure, right?
Hygiene. Hygiene. Hygiene: Teach your child the importance of handwashing and showering after spending time outdoors. This helps remove any lingering pollen on their skin and hair, minimizing exposure and reducing symptoms.
Kids should scrub their hands for at least 20 seconds to get all the germs out. Here’s a hack: to make this mundane task a bit more fun for them, instead of counting down 20 seconds, try singing a song… like the happy birthday song! This will definitely cheer them up.
- Maintain the indoor air quality: Keep your home environment clean and allergen-free. Make sure the windows and doors are closed, and regularly clean the carpets, cushions, and sofas. Don’t use harsh chemical cleaners since that can also trigger an allergic reaction. Consider investing in a vacuum cleaner as well as air purifiers with HEPA filters.
Another thing! Although it may not be so straightforward, try getting your little one to start wearing a face mask when outdoors.
Consult your family doctor or any medical professional for a regular check-up, or to help you better navigate these seasonal allergies.
However, prevention is better than cure! Following the right hygiene practices minimize the intensity of your child’s symptoms. It’s the best and simplest way :)