How to Manage Your Child’s Allergies

Seasonal allergies are awful for adults, and even worse for children in pre-K. It’s hard for them to verbalize what they’re feeling, which can lead to tears and frustration. Allergies and asthma can begin in early childhood and last throughout life.

Many parents aren’t sure how to help their child deal with allergies. Allergies can’t be cured, but they can be managed if you know what to do.

Does my child have an allergy?

If you suspect that your child is allergic to something, it’s always best to see their pediatrician as soon as possible. However, these symptoms can be mistaken for a cold. Look for repeated cold-like symptoms that last a week or two. They can include runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose (your child may rub their nose often), sniffling, itchy eyes and constant coughing or throat clearing. Your child may also complain about an itchy mouth or being unable to breathe.

Eczema can be another allergy-like symptom. This itchy, scaly rash can be a precursor to hay fever and asthma later on. If you notice that your child is complaining of any of the above symptoms and has a rash, see your pediatrician right away.

How to manage your child’s allergies

First, see if you can figure out what triggers your child’s allergy symptoms. Sometimes it’s obvious, when everyone in your house is sneezing during the springtime. Other times, your child might develop different allergies than you’re used to.

Common allergens include animal dander, dust, mold, pollen, latex and even bacterial enzymes in cleaning products. You may also notice that they have allergic reactions to certain foods, which should be monitored very carefully.

To control allergy symptoms, try the following techniques:

  • Invest in a HEPA air purifier: HEPA air purifiers are designed to trap tiny particles—including allergens—and keep them out of your air. If your child appears to be allergic to dust, pollen, mold and/or dander, this is a good way to keep the indoor air quality as clean as possible.
  • Avoid mold: Mold spores develop in damp areas. Regularly clean your kitchen and bathroom to prevent mold growth.
  • Clean upholstery regularly: Dust and dust mites can collect in your upholstery and furniture. Use a vacuum to clean your upholstered furniture regularly and cut down on allergens.
  • Allergen-proof cases: When your child is really suffering, consider investing in allergen-proof zipper cases. These allow you to encase mattresses, pillows, box springs and more.
  • Wash linens and replace pillows: Your linens should be washed weekly. Replace your pillows every two to three years.
  • Consider rehoming pets: Finally, if your child’s allergies to pet dander are severe, you may need to consider rehoming your pets. This can be a heartbreaking way to deal with pre-K seasonal allergies, but it may be necessary for your child’s safety and comfort.

Your child may be able to use prescription and over-the-counter medications to manage their allergies. Work with your pediatrician to find appropriate solutions for your child’s specific challenges.

The staff at Assumption Academy is happy to work with parents to manage their children’s allergies. For more information, call us today.