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How to Treat Seasonal Allergies in Children

As a parent, one of the most important jobs is to keep your child safe and healthy. For the parent of a child suffering from seasonal allergies, allergy season can truly be a terrible time of year for everyone. Children and parents alike battle keeping allergy symptoms in check so they do not interfere with sleeping schedules, sports games, schoolwork, or other important activities. With so many choices available to those with allergies, it can often be a bit overwhelming to choose the right one for your child. Here is a brief overview of the most popular treatment options for seasonal allergies in children.

Prescription Medications

One choice that many parents turn to for helping their children’s allergy symptoms is a prescription medication. Choices will vary based on the age of the child and severity of their allergy symptoms. Prescription medications are often selected because they typically do not make a child drowsy and because they last longer than many over the counter options. If you think this option is a good choice for your child and family, be sure to speak with your family doctor or pediatrician about prescribing one for your child. Beware, however, that prescriptions can be quite costly. Check with your insurance plan about prescription drug coverage for more details.

Over The Counter Medications

If you are looking for a more cost effective method of treatment, try checking out the allergy medication aisle at your local grocery or drug store. Over the counter medications such as Zyrtec, Claritin, or Benadryl might be just the thing to ease the symptoms in your child. Be sure to check the age restrictions on any medication and consider asking a pharmacist or physician for recommendations prior to purchasing.

Home Remedies

With the price of traditional medication being quite high and many people looking to more natural alternatives, home remedies have been making a comeback in recent years. One of the best home remedies for treatment of seasonal allergies is mixing a simple saline solution for irrigating the nasal passage. This can easily be made at home using things that are inexpensive, safe, and readily available. Start by mixing 1 teaspoon salt (non iodized) with 1/8 teaspoon baking soda. Once combined, stir into two cups of warm water until dissolved.

Prevention

While treatment options may be necessary at times, perhaps a better solution for children with seasonal allergies is to prevent the contact with allergens as much as possible. A great way to do this is to keep your child indoors as much as possible during the allergy season. Always use the air conditioning system in the home or car instead of opening windows as well. An additional way to prevent allergies is by teaching your child to wash their hands well after any exposure to grass, weeds, pollen, or other items that can cause their allergies to flare up.

This article is meant for informational purposes only and is not to be used in place of a professional diagnosis or treatment from a physician. Always discuss any treatment options with your doctor prior to using to ensure safety and avoid and drug interactions.