How to Take Care of Your Children During Allergy Season

child with hayfever allergy sneezing blowing noseCoke vs. Pepsi. Mac vs. PC. Checked bag vs. carry on. There are just some things in this world that will always ensue debate, and Standard vs. Daylight Savings Time is one of them. Yeah, you gain an extra hour of sunlight at the tail end of a day, but you’re also waking up with the rooster. One can never win.

There is one thing, however, that cannot be argued, and that is that spring’s arrival also brings the advent of allergy season. As Houston’s temperature rises, you can be rest assured that your kids will want to bask in the weekend sunlight – cue coughing, runny noses, and watery/itchy eyes. Not to worry. There are a few ways you can help alleviate yourself and your little one from suffering the ailments that the warmer weather brings.

  • If you don’t already have one, start a nighttime ritual of bathing and washing hair before bed. This will help ensure that kids don’t continue to breathe in pollen collected on their hair and skin throughout the day, which is also kind of gross, if you think about it.
  • Although it may not be a popular idea with the kids, a daily nasal rinse will be worth the minor discomfort it instills at the beginning. You can always tell them that it’s what CIA operatives go through during training.
  • Not to make your workload any more laborious, but washing bed linens every week is important. Also, as soon as the kids come in from playing, have them throw their clothes into the wash ASAP. Yes, there will be a constant load of laundry running, but it’s also a great way to teach kids how to work the washing machine.
  • I also enjoyed the scene in ET where the lovable alien hid in an army of stuffed animals to escape detection, but this is not a good idea during allergy season. These fluffy friends attract a ton of allergens.
  • It’s Houston, so the air conditioner is always on, but make sure you’re working that car AC to full capacity when pollen count is high to keep the air moving. This may be the most intuitive recommendation of them all.
  • Water, water, and more water. Regular fluid intake equals runny noses, and although that’s not ideal, it does help flush out pollen.

We cannot always escape what nature brings, but we can do our best to alleviate symptoms brought on by the changing of the seasons. Run offense by following the suggestions above, but if that’s not enough, another option is sublingual immunotherapy. No more scary needles necessary. Head on down to Texas ENT Specialists. With just one visit, they offer convenient allergy testing and treatment recommendations. Less time in the doctor’s office means more time outdoors to enjoy a beautiful Houston spring day, before the inevitable muggy summer heads our way.


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