5 Tips for Allergy Sufferers

For millions of American children, the beauty of the blooming flowers, the budding trees, and the warm breezes comes with a price — itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, headaches, and fatigue. And even in this last week of May, I can still see a greek coating of pollen on my car every morning. The best way to combat spring allergies is to be proactive.

1. Keep your doors and windows shut. Keep pollen out as much as possible.

2. The same goes for the car. Keep the windows and vents shut tight or make sure it is on recycled air.

3. Check the pollen count and try to keep your kids indoors when it is at its worst.

4. Clean everything that has been outdoors in hot water as soon as possible, this goes for clothes, little bodies and pets. Leave shoes at the door. Vacuum and dust often. I know, I know, now spring ain’t looking so great anymore.

5. With the doors and windows shut, you’ll be relying more on AC. Have your ducts and units cleaned prior to the first use, so potential allergens aren’t blown all over the home.

While you may want to reach out and embrace the warmer weather, if your kids suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ll have to hold spring at an arm’s length. Allergies can affect sleep, school performance and socializing. If you suspect your child has seasonal allergies, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options. Sometimes, a prescription nasal spray is enough to keep pollen at bay.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.


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