Health Check Kids: Spring allergies
There are steps you can take now to help prevent your child from sneezing and experiencing itchy eyes due to spring allergies.
"Forty percent of children actually suffer from allergies and most of those are seasonal allergies caused by pollen and trees and grasses and weeds,” said Lori Phinney, a family nurse practitioner who oversees the CVS Minute Clinics in Rhode Island.
While there are a lot of over-the-counter allergy medicines for children, they aren’t always the answer.
"With these over-the-counter allergy medicines, they work best if you have a high-level of this medicine in your system to calm the irritants that are coming at you so we always recommend for patients to pre-load, in a way, so if you know you're going to be an allergy sufferer this spring, please start now,” Phinney said.
Phinney. said it is also best to use age appropriate remedies.
She offered a few other tips, as well.
"Raw local honey has the same pollen molecules in it that are in the air. It gives you a little bit of resistance to those things so as a natural remedy, it's a great thing to do,” said Phinney.
There are steps you and your child can take to help lessen the impact of allergies.
"Removing shoes before you come in to the house, taking a bath or a shower before going to bed at night so you don't sleep with pollen in your hair and on your body, leaving windows closed during higher pollen times and just generally staying indoors on the highest pollen count days,” Phinney said.
The advice, of course, is for kids whose allergies aren't life altering.
Phinney said should that be the case, your pediatrician or an allergist would be your best bet.