Spring is in the air…and so is the increase in pollen causing allergies. According to Loma Linda University Asthma Program, allergies affect 10 percent of children!
As the flowers are in bloom and the days get sunnier, the pollen count rises. Pollen is the main cause of spring allergies. Other sources come from dust and pet dander. Some common symptoms of spring allergies includes: repetitive sneezing, a running nose, watery eyes and itchiness in the nose, eyes, ears and throat (you get the idea, a lot of itchiness!).
Asthma and allergies go hand-in-hand. Pollen, dust and dander can also trigger asthma. Because of that, there is an increase in likelihood of asthma attacks during the spring. But most people with allergies do not develop asthma.
- Dry clothes in the dryer: Don’t hang clothes outside to dry. This is how your children’s clothes gets coated with pollen!
- Windows and ventilation in the car: Keep the pollen out in the car by shutting the windows when driving. Also, by setting your ventilation to recirculate, it keeps the air moving around evenly.
- Shower at night: allergies are worst in the evening considering that your kids have been playing outside all day. Taking a shower before bedtime will wash off the pollen and keep your kids from bringing the pollen to their beds.
- Minimize morning outdoor activities: Pollen count is highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. So limiting your child’s outdoor playtime during those times can be really beneficial for minimizing their allergies.
- It’s not too late for spring cleaning: You might want to have your parenting partner, grandparents, caregiver or other relatives get the kids out of the house for this one. Vacuum carpets, wash all bedding (sheets, pillowcases, blankets) and clean out air conditioner filters to get rid of dust mites in your home. Another place that dust mites likes to hang out is on your child’s stuffed animals. Try freeze cleaning! After cleaning the stuffed animals in a washing machine, kill the leftover dust mites by placing the stuffed animal in a freezer bag and freezing it overnight. For maximum protection, you can try spraying the toy with Lysol and then freezing it!