Taming Seasonal Allergies

by Gaylen Kelton, M.D.

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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