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6 Ways to Control Your Child's Nasal Allergies

Child With Nasal Allergy
If your child suffers from indoor and outdoor allergies, you can find ways control symptoms like the sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and nasal congestion. Here's how to help your child.

1. Consult Your Child's Pediatrician 

Your child's pediatrician can run a few skin tests that may help determine the cause of your child's allergies. One such test calls for a skin test where one or several allergy-causing substances may be pricked onto the surface of the skin. In some cases, an injection of various allergens may be be necessary. The doctor will advise you how to prepare your child for an allergy test beforehand.

In addition, the pediatrician may recommend medication to control your child's symptoms. This may include non-drowsy antihistamines to relieve the runny nose and itchy or watery eyes. Decongestants may provide relief from a stuffy nose, but be aware that these medications may make your child restless or hyper. Any medications should be taken only as directed.

2. Allergy-Proof Your Indoor Environment 

Dust and mold may trigger an allergic reaction for many children. To prevent issues, you should dust and vacuum your home frequently and wash your child's bedding often. In addition, use some type of dust miteresistant cover for your child's bed. You could also consider replacing carpets (which trap dust) with hardwood or vinyl flooring.

You may also want to run an air purifier in your child's bedroom. This may help eliminate dust and pet dander. Also, prevent mold and mildew by running dehumidifiers to reduce high humidity levels in the home. 

3. Plan Outdoor Activities When Pollen Count Drops

If your child suffers from hay fever, you should limit his or her outdoor activities during the afternoon. This is often when pollen counts tend to be the highest. If possible, have your child play outside early in the morning. The pollen count be be lower after sundown as well. If you are unsure of the pollen count in your area, simply check the weather.

You should also have your child bathe or shower and change clothing after outdoor activity. Doing so may help rid allergens that linger on clothing and skin.

4. Eliminate Cigarette Smoke and Chemicals in the Home 

Keeping cigarette smoke out of your child's environment is essential. Breathing in this smoke may aggravate allergy symptoms. For this reason, you should not allow anyone to smoke in the house.

Also, be careful about chemicals used in the home. Strong air fresheners, perfumes, and cleaning products may cause an allergic reaction or worsen the nasal congestion.

In addition, some products such as soaps, shampoos, and bubble baths may trigger allergic reactions. You may need to do a little detective work to determine if any of these products are the culprits. If you discover this to be the case, switch to a gentle or organic formula.

5. Don't Allow Pets in Your Child's Bedroom

Pet dander from fur or feathers may exacerbate allergy symptoms for some children. For this reason, it's best to keep your pets out of your child's room, especially during bedtime. In addition, keep the pets groomed (especially those with long fur). If your child is allergic, don't allow him or her to brush or bathe the pet.

6. Clean Out the Air Vents in Your Home

This may seem like an unlikely source, but it's not uncommon for a dirty air vent or HVAC filter to cause sneezing and wheezing in sensitive individuals. Dust and debris should be removed from the heating and cooling system and air vents. If you are unable to do this yourself, have a technician service the system for you.

There are many things you can do to help control your child's allergy symptoms. As a final consideration, always consult with the doctor before giving your child medications or supplements. Contact us at Kids Avenue Pediatrics for more information and help.

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