Thursday, August 11, 2016

6 Ways to Help Kids Beat Seasonal Allergies

Children's FLONASE® Allergy Relief compensated me in connection with statements made in this post.

Sophia had to miss her first two field days at the elementary school due to her severe seasonal allergies. It was the saddest thing ever. Field Day is the most anticipated day for a first-grader, especially when you are as active as Sophia. I hated seeing her so upset, but we just weren't finding anything to make it easier for her to be outside without also feeling miserable.

Sophia at the doctor's office after a particularly bad allergic reaction to spring pollens.

Thankfully, she's managed to attend her last couple of field days, but only because we took steps to help alleviate her allergies. Because, like clockwork, the allergies show up right around the same time field day is scheduled. While I can't change the pollen counts (oh how I wish I could!), I can still do something about Sophia's indoor environment and her overall experience with allergies. I was actually really surprised about how much doing these things actually helps!

Allergy season tips for kids

6 Ways to Help Kids Beat Seasonal Allergies


Wash clothing immediately


I thought it seemed silly at first, but it is so important to make your allergic child strip down after being outside. I have Sophia put on clean clothes and put the ones she had on while playing outside immediately into the wash. It's amazing how much pollen they can pick up just walking home from the bus stop or playing in the yard for a while, and the less they are exposed to it the more comfortable they will be allergy-wise.

Shower often


I know, I know. Sometimes getting a 9-year-old kid to shower once a week can be torturous! But during allergy season, showering daily (preferably as soon as they come in from outside) is a necessity. The pollen sticks in their hair and on their skin. Help them to learn how to thoroughly wash themselves. 

If Sophia isn't careful—like the time she decided to play with the pretty weeds she is allergic to last year—the allergens can affect her nose and eyes. I didn't know she had actually been making weed bouquets until it was too late. If I had her shower immediately, there is a chance that she would not have had an allergic reaction.

Wash bedding often


I'm going to sound like a broken record now, but wash that bedding. It will pick up allergens that will exacerbate symptoms, even if it doesn't necessarily pick up pollen. However, if you happen to have windows open (try not to!), pollen will find its way into your home and onto the bedding. I have a couple sets of bedding to make this chore easier for me during allergy season, and I rotate it every few days.

Leave shoes off inside the house


Not only do shoes track in dirt and mud, they will track in pollens and other outdoor allergens. Leave them at the door. That means everyone in the house, not just the allergic child.

Vacuum daily


I don't love vacuuming, but it's essential when you have allergy sufferers in the house. Even more essential is that your vacuum has a good HEPA filter so that all pollens and other allergens are effectively trapped. Dusting often is also really important for the same reasons.

Talk to your doctor about medications


Obviously, it's important to speak with a medical professional when your child is suffering from allergies to the point of not being able to even participate in fun activities like field day! We tried a lot of things, but my doctor finally had us use Children's FLONASE® Allergy relief for kids ages 4+ nasal spray. It works to block 6 allergic substances, instead of just one.*

*Mechanism vs. most OTC allergy pills. Flonase acts on multiple inflammatory substances (histamine, prostaglandins, cytokines, tryptases, chemokines and leukotrienes). The exact number and precise mechanism are unknown.

Sophia used Children's FLONASE® Allergy Relief during the spring allergy season and it helped her to be greater than her allergies and be able to spend more time outdoors. I have been impressed with how much it helps her. It helps with both her nasal congestion and itchy eyes. It's the only OTC nasal spray indicated to relieve both nasal congestion and itchy water eyes.

Field day is now an option!

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Join Sophia outdoors this allergy season!



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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

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