The coughing, sniffling, sneezing and the watery, itchy eyes that accompany seasonal allergies can make kids feel downright miserable. Limiting outdoor activities, using over-the-counter antihistamines or receiving regular allergy shots from a specialist are common preventions. But there are other steps you can take to reduce exposure to allergens or relieve allergy symptoms:
- Use HEPA filters in your home air system, and change filters at least once a month in winter and summer. If your car has a cabin air filter, change that regularly, too. And use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- If your child has dust allergies, avoid stuffed animals — or wash them regularly with hot water.
- Clean up your child's room to avoid the clutter that can collect allergens.
- Use a damp cloth to clean around the house. Dusting can push allergens around.
- Replace carpeting, which can trap allergens, with rugs that can be washed.
Dr. Gaylen Kelton is a family physician and chairman of Focus on the Family's Physicians Resource Council. This article appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2014by Gaylen Kelton, M.D. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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