No parent wants to see their children suffer. That’s why those of us who have kids with allergies are always looking for ways to help them feel better. If you’re looking for some advice on relieving your child’s allergy symptoms, check out this list. I’ve got five helpful suggestions for accommodating kids with allergies.
Dry air can make it more difficult for allergy sufferers to breathe easily. To make your child more comfortable, get a humidifier for your home. You can also occasionally treat your child to a warm shower or bath so he or she can get relief from the steamy air. If you use this strategy, be sure to carefully monitor the humidity levels in your home; if humidity rises above 40 percent, it can make indoor allergens like dust mites and mold worse by encouraging them to grow.
Schedule an indoor air quality inspection
Many allergens come from the outdoors, but they can quickly seep inside and start affecting your indoor air quality. There are lots of home allergens that can become concentrated in an enclosed space. By scheduling an in-home indoor air quality inspection, you’ll find out if issues like moisture, insects, appliances, radon, and pets are making your child’s allergies worse. Plus, your air quality inspector can suggest helpful remedies, such as replacing water-damaged flooring, bathing pets more often, or cleaning your HVAC filters.
Try Nasal Irrigation
Using a nasal irrigation tool may look strange, but it actually can be very helpful for removing allergens from your child’s system. These products, such as the neti pot, are approved by the FDA as long as they are used according to the instructions and the nasal devices are properly cleaned. Delivering a saline solution (not tap water, the FDA warns) to your child’s nose using the device helps flush out allergens, bacteria, and mucus from the nasal passages and relieve allergy symptoms. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider whether nasal rinsing is safe for your child before you use this method.
Change Their Diet
Introducing foods to your child’s diet could help to relieve allergy symptoms. A number of foods, including salmon, tuna, eggplant, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, and nuts may help to relieve irritated airways. The healthy bacteria in yogurt has also been helpful with allergy symptoms like congestion or a runny nose.
There are also a few foods you may want to eliminate from your child’s diet since they may actually make allergy symptoms worse. For example, spicy foods can trigger the release of histamine in your system, which can lead to a stuffy nose. Some people also find that raw fruits and veggies worsen their symptoms, so try tracking how your child feels after eating different foods. Consult with your doctor for additional recommendations.
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Try these tactics to help your kids breathe a little easier even when allergen levels are high. And don’t forget to ask your doctor before trying out certain allergy-relief methods.