Being an allergy sufferer myself it pains me to see my own children suffer from allergies too. My poor daughter has those itchy red eyes, relentless nightly cough, and perpetual runny nose all throughout allergy season. Miles hasn’t show quite as many allergy season symptoms as his sister, but the doctor did tell us to keep on the lookout for them and how to limit Spring’s adverse affects. Does that mean we keep our kids indoors all Spring and Summer long? No way! For one, I’d go insane trying to keep two kids indoors with the sun shining outside.
We take it outside every day and do the best we can dealing with those pesky spring allergies. Now my allergies have gotten so bad that my husband has banned me from the flower garden. Which means, he and the kids do it for me. Zoe loves helping in the garden. Daddy lets her use the big giant shovel, get covered in dirt, and even lets her sweep up the mess when they are all done. I know, I’m very lucky my children show great enthusiasm for cleaning up messes.
Here are some Allergy Prevention Tips we Take:
We make sure the kids wash their hands whenever they come inside
We don’t bring very many wild flowers into the house
We make sure they change their clothes if they were digging and playing with flowers
At night, we take other precautions that help limit the symptoms of gardening. The kids have to take a bath to wash off all the allergens. We also keep our windows closed for as much of the season as we possibly can. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, Zoe suffers from allergies in her eyes quite a bit. One tried and true all purpose remedy that I learned from my own mother, is to give her a cool wash cloth. One night when she couldn’t sleep because her eyes were so itchy, I brought her a cold wash cloth. It must have worked, because I’ll often find a wet wash cloth in her bed. Our doctor did recommend that we take Claritin if the symptoms persist and I have a bottle ready to start using it if we decide her allergies are as bad as last year. We’ve had a very unusual Spring with much colder temperatures and much less outdoor time. Last year, we used Claritin for the entire summer.