10 Quick Changes to Improve Your Child’s Allergies

We’ve all been there…trying to console and take care of a child who is just plain miserable from seasonal allergies. Your little one’s face is contorted in discomfort, because it is challenging to breathe well. The nose cannot seem to decide if it wants to be stuffy or run like a faucet. And then add the sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing. Put together any number of symptom combinations and they all equal the same thing…one cranky kid. Nothing seems to make them feel better quick enough or long enough. And all of the extra care is tiring on top of daily responsibilities, but it is what we do as parents.

It is easy to start feeling a little helpless, because your child is looking to you to make it all better. And you are doing everything you can to alleviate the symptoms. You are keeping your kiddo hydrated during the day and propped up during rest. You’ve already gone through so many tissues that you are thinking about buying company stock. It would be a profitable idea, right? After all, you are representative of parents everywhere who will do everything they can to make their babies feel better!
And by now, you are thinking that there has to be something else that can be done to eliminate allergens in the environment, or some kind of easy nasal wash or treatment you could provide for your child. Your friends are starting to weigh in with what works for their children and give recommendations for allergy doctors. You can’t really afford to ask off work when your child is too uncomfortable to go to school, so going to an allergist seems like the most logical next step.

Studies tell us that one out of three people has allergies, and they can actually start as early as one to two months. Many are allergic seasonally to outdoor allergens like trees, grasses, and molds, and others have year-round allergies to indoor allergens like dust mites and pet dander. The good news is that your child does not need to suffer unnecessarily. With the right treatment, they will be breathing easy and so will you.

You can get started now by making these 10 quick changes to improve your child’s allergies:

  1. Schedule an appointment with an allergist who can develop the best treatment plan for your child. Over-the-counter medicine offers a temporary solution; a doctor can implement a personalized approach that will offer your child both immediate and long-term allergy relief.
  2. Get HEPA…this type of filter is a powerhouse at cleaning up your home environment. Use a HEPA filter in your heat and air system, select a HEPA vacuum cleaner, and place HEPA air cleaners in bedrooms and in gathering spots like your living and family rooms.
  3. Clean twice a week, dusting and using a HEPA vacuum or Swiffer mop. This will help to eliminate indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites, and pet dander which cause symptoms like runny/stuffy nose, itchy/watery eyes, throat clearing, post nasal drip and coughing.
  4. Help keep dust mites at bay by washing all towels, sheets, blankets and throw rugs in hot water and avoid using down comforters and pillows, both favorite spots for dust mites to live.
  5. Pet dander can be an irritant for some children. Train your pets to stay off couches and beds to reduce your child’s exposure.
  6. Spring and summer may be beautiful when all is in bloom, but for children with allergies, it can be miserable. Pay attention to the daily pollen count and when it is high, you may want to keep your windows and doors closed.
  7. Limiting outdoor play and exercise on high-pollen-count days will limit your child’s allergic response. Your child can have fun inside, instead of struggling with the runny/stuffy nose, a headache, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
  8. If you think your child has a tree allergy, testing can determine the specific culprits. Reactions can include swelling, sneezing, and watery eyes. It is the powdery pollen, not the bark and leaves, that is the common allergen.  Have your child wear sunglasses when outside to limit pollen from getting in the eyes.
  9. There are 20 types of trees and 30 types of weeds and grasses that cause the most common spring allergies. Pollen can track in on clothes, so you will want to come up with a system to keep your home environment clean and pollen-free to make life more comfortable for your child.
  10. One quick change that could yield a huge difference is nasal wash. Ask the allergist about adding nasal wash into your child’s daily regimen.  Many people make this a healthy habit all year round.  In the winter, it helps boost the immune system, and during prime allergy seasons like spring, it cleans and soothes the nasal passages.

Finding a good allergist is the best place to start on the road to your child’s recovery. At the Allergy & Asthma Center of The Rockies, we are a dedicated and caring professional staff who would love the opportunity to help your child live symptom-free. We are led by Dr. Bill Lanting, who we have to admit is a bit of a rock star among his patients. The good doctor gets fan mail all the time like this one from Zoey C.’s mom who said; 

“Before we came to Allergy & Asthma Center, Zoey was wheezing, coughing, and having trouble keeping up in dance class with the other kids. Since our visit in January, she has been sleeping through the night with no wheezing and coughing. She is a completely different kid with so much energy. It is amazing that just washing her nose out and using her inhaler, how different our daughter is. We live in Wyoming and it might be a drive down here, but it’s well worth it. Thank you Allergy & Asthma Center of the Rockies, we love the new energized Zoey.”

It just so happens that we love the new Zoey too! It is so rewarding to see our patients start leading more vibrant lives with their allergies under control. And we are proud to say that Zoey is just one of our many success stories!

Allergy & Asthma Center of the Rockies was started with a purpose in mind to evaluate patients and create life changing solutions. By taking the time to listen and evaluate, a patient’s problems, symptoms and findings are synthesized. The solution is to eliminate the symptoms and problems so patients can lead a normal life.