Middle suffers from allergies. I thought we’d be getting off a little easy this year when they didn’t hit him so hard in early spring. Then the weather turned and, suddenly, he had scratchy red eyes, was exhausted and coughing every night. Poor thing. I asked my friends from Claritin for advice beyond his daily allergy medicine.
Avoiding Allergy Triggers
Allergens such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites and mold spores are everywhere – both indoors and out – triggering bothersome symptoms; here are some tips to avoid or limit your child’s exposure this spring:
- Declutter: Knick knacks, stuffed toys and clutter are major dust collectors;
- Wash allergens away: Have your child shower and change clothes after playing outside to wash off allergens on skin, hair and clothes;
- Encase bedding: Use allergen-proof zippered encasings for children’s pillows, mattresses and box springs to protect the bedding from dust mites;
- Put clothes away: Keep all of your child’s clothes in drawers or closets; never leave them lying about the room;
- Turn up the AC and clean filters: Pollen can travel hundreds of miles by wind, so keep windows and doors closed. Air conditioners help filter pollen and other allergens, but they can also be breeding grounds for mold, so be sure to keep filters clean and consider using a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter.
Children’s Claritin has teamed up with Madagascar 3 (premiering tonight) with Madagascar branded boxes that include stickers. I’m using the stickers to keep Middle enthused when his allergies are worst. Thanks to Claritin for sending product and tickets to the movie!
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