If you have a child who is prone to seasonal allergies, fall can be a tough time full of sniffles, itchy eyes, and sneezing. In some cases, your child’s allergy symptoms may seem very similar to a cold but it’s most likely just the changing season that’s causing your child to feel under the weather. While you should consult a doctor to find out the cause of your child’s allergies, there are still steps you can take at home to help prevent or decrease symptoms. Here are a few tips that can help.
- Clean your home
Just like you do during spring cleaning, you should take some time to clean up your home during the fall. Dust can be a big trigger for allergy symptoms so you’ll want to make sure every surface is dust free. Now is also a good time to wash your children’s toys and stuffed animals (which are not good for allergies) and especially wash all their sheets and pillows in extra hot water.
- Drink lots of liquids
Keep your children hydrated by giving them water bottles to drink from at school and at home you can make them tea in the morning and before bed. Soup is also a good way they can stay hydrated. All of the liquids will loosen any congestion they may have so they won’t have bothersome stuffy noses.
- Wash after outdoor play
Since many allergens are found outdoors where your kids love to play, instead of keeping them cooped up inside, let them play outdoors but make sure they wash their hands and take a shower once they come in. Then grab their clothes and put them in the wash to get rid of any pollen.
- Talk to the school
You may not realize it but your child’s school can also contain many allergy triggers like mold, pet dander, and ragweed. Ask the school about possibly removing carpets from classrooms and making sure the bathrooms and classrooms are cleaned regularly. It’s also a good idea to ask your child’s teacher to please keep windows closed during the day to keep out pollen.
- Purchase a dehumidifier
If you do not have a dehumidifier for your child’s room, consider investing in one because it can help reduce allergen triggers like dust mites and mold which live in moist environments.
- Try and over the counter medicine
Always check with your child’s doctor if it’s ok to give them an OTC medicine. There are several antihistamine medicines that are very effective in fighting off allergy symptoms and they have non-drowsy formulas so your child can feel symptom-free and ready to focus all day at school.
Written by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventors of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: "Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time," and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family's reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker's daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte's startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
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