It’s summer, a time for kids to get outside, to enjoy adventures in the backyard, to go biking with their friends and grilling outdoors with their family. But with the increase in young children’s playtime spent outdoors comes an increase in the pollen count. With pollen levels higher than normal this year, we want to make sure you are prepared to handle the runny noses, coughing and trouble breathing that your kids may experience in the months ahead. Here are some ways you can make sure your child is safe and happy for pollen season.
- Make sure you are aware of how to identify signs of asthma and allergies. A great test for this is KFA’s “How Allergy and Asthma Smart Are You?” quiz. It covers food allergies, anaphylaxis, asthma and other allergic diseases. Not only will you come away knowing more about factors that affect your children’s health, but you’ll also be entered to win a $100 gift card!
- The Allergy Capitals identifies the “100 most challenging places to live with allergies” in the spring and fall seasons. See where your city lies as far as pollen count to know how extensive your preventive measures need to be: www.AllergyCapitals.com
Tips for Dealing with Allergies at Home
- Know the symptoms. For food allergies, be on the lookout for: rashes, hives, swelling in the face, belly or back, coughing or a shortness of breath. For pollen allergies, look for: sneezing, runny eyes and nose, and nasal congestion.
- Talk to your child’s allergist to know the best approach for symptom control. This will include being able to identify triggers.
- If your child has a play date with a child that has food allergies or vice versa, ask the parent to pack their own drinks and foods to eliminate triggers as well as instructions for necessary medical care.
- Always have Benadryl® on hand for immediate use when children break out and you are not sure of the trigger.
- Wash your child’s hands often, keeping things clean!
- Know potential triggers: cigarette smoke, outdoor/indoor pollen, food allergies, extreme temperature changes.
- Use oral and nasal sprays to control allergies throughout the day, which will help prevent an asthma attack.
- Have immediate measures disposable whenever your child has an attack, including consistent accessibility to an EpiPen®.
Finally, the best treatment parents can use at home for children with allergies and asthma is prevention. Knowing your child’s symptoms, keeping them on appropriate medications, and avoiding triggers will keep your child safe and healthy.
Toys can often trigger children’s allergies. That’s why stuffed animals like these cute, cuddly Asthma- and Allergy-Friendly Animal Friends are a hit for parents and children alike!
For more in-depth information on allergies, check out the following websites below.