A seasonal allergy that occurs in a particular season is more commonly known as hay fever. The most common allergens are pollens from wind-pollinated plants, such as trees, grasses, and weeds.
While the timing and severity of an allergy season vary across the country, the factors that can trigger allergies are trees and grass pollens thrive during cool nights and warm days. The pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours. Even though rain washes the pollen away, but pollen counts can surge after rainfall or when the day is windy and warm.
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What are the symptoms Symptoms of Seasonal Allergy
Seasonal allergies trigger during the change in weather. Kids who are allergic to pollen may seem to have symptoms like:
- sneezing, watery and itchy eyes
- runny or stuffy nose
- itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canal
How to treat seasonal allergies in children
Every year when the weather changes, some kids may get allergies regardless. For that reason, as recommended by my kids’ pediatrician, you can start giving them the dose of Claritin or Zyrtec, so they do not get sick due to seasonal allergies every time the weather changes.
In addition to that, you can take these steps to deal with seasonal allergies for your kids.
1. Frequent Feedings to stay hydrated
For breastfeeding babies – Nurse them more frequently than normal. They usually stop taking or take very less feed because babies don’t know how to breathe through their mouths when they are congested. They couldn’t latch for a long time as in normal conditions.
Keep babies/toddlers, well hydrated. They might refuse to eat or drink, but whatever form of liquid you prefer – breastmilk, formula, juices, water, popsicles – just keep offering to help your child stay hydrated.
It releases moisture in the air that helps in loosening the mucus that makes it less hard to breathe with a stuffy nose.
My kids’ pediatrician always recommends having a humidifier in your room if you have an infant.
Keep in mind, humidifiers require frequent cleaning also. The foam inside gets moldy sometimes. So you have to make sure your room/house has a proper ventilation system.
3. Medication: Zyrtec/ Benedryl /Tylenol
Zyrtec is non-drowsy, works for 24 hours whereas Benadryl has drowsiness and works for about 4 to 6 hours. for some children it helps to sleep better but some kids get hyper and irritated.
Tylenol is a fever reducer, over the counter medicine, and considered safe for babies You need to dose every 4 to 6 hours as prescribed by the doctor.
Also, ask your pediatrician which medicine is safe for your child’s age and the dosage.
4. Handwash and Bathing Frequently
Have your child wash his hands frequently. Bathing your child every day especially after outdoor activities should help. It will help pollen get washed away.
Shower before bedtime results in faster recovery, however, if you follow morning routines for showers, I highly recommend changing your child’s clothes after outdoor play while they are having allergies.
5. Nasal Spray
Using Nasal Spray 2 to 3 times or as needed in babies each nostril. It is a medicated saltwater.
This helps soften the mucus inside the nasal passage and definitely, it is worth having this product at hand as you are going to use it regularly. Especially before bedtime when they usually have trouble sleeping through the night due to the congested nose, this thing works wonders.
6. Nose Frieda – Nasal suction device
This is a life and sanity saver for new parents. Every parent should have this at home while the baby is sick.
Unfortunately, infants cannot blow their noses, moreover, they cannot sleep well with a congested nose.
In order to relieve a stuffy nose, use nasal spray a couple of times in each nostril and suck mucus out of the baby’s nose with the help of an aspirator. You can also use a simple nose sucker that you might have got at the hospital.
If you have a trouble using a manual sucker, you can use a battery-operated one.
7. Boogie wipes
Seasonal allergy can cause a stuffy nose. Boogie wipes will help you wipe off the runny or stuffy nose easily without causing rashes around the nose which usually happens due to frequent wiping off with an ordinary dry napkin.
The best hack is, moisten the napkin as it becomes soft and doesn’t scratch delicate skin.
8. Air Purifier
Air Purifier is the best thing you can do yo your house if you have babies and kids. You have to make sure your house is smoke-free. Also, it will help keep the air clean in the house during the pollen season.
I have this one at home and I highly recommend you to have it in your home as it will keep your house Odor-free.
9. Change bedcovers /crib sheets frequently
Last but not least, this remedy works best during the pollen allergy season.
Change bedcovers frequently especially kids’ cribs and beds. bedcovers get all pollens too if you have doors or windows open for some reason during morning times.
Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season.
It will take about 2 to 3 days to feel better. however, if you think your child does not have a pollen allergy, you should make an appointment with your Child’s doctor.
10. Start giving a vitamin supplement to have better immunity
In my personal experience, having supplements every day increases your immunity tremendously to fight all sorts of diseases. If you are taking supplements, you may feel sick for a day or two and eventually, you will feel better rather than feeling sick for the whole week.
Similarly, your kids should have better immunity to deal with allergies and being sick. I would recommend Multivitamins for kids if there are no pre-existing medical conditions. Always discuss with your child’s doctor about the options of giving supplements.
Some recommendations are:
Elderberry Gummies to protect them from viral infections.
Zarbees immunity support supplements for every day use for 2-year-old and older. I am using this one for my kids and I highly recommend.