The most helpless feeling that parents can experience is watching their child suffer. You want to protect your baby from illness, but that’s not always possible. That’s especially true if your kid suffers from chronic allergies. Here are four ways to soothe children’s allergies.
Invest in an Air Purifier
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One of the tried and true methods for reducing allergies is an air purifier. This appliance neutralize the allergens that enter your home. When you turn on your heat or air, pollutants like dust, pollen, and more easily spread from room to room.
The air purifier attacks these irritants, removing them from the air. Devices with HEPA filters are especially effective for asthma sufferers. Buy one of these if your child has chronic asthma attacks. Also, remember to change the air filter on your HVAC unit regularly to keep up reliable air flow and to remove excess irritants. Similarly, dust your home often and ask your child to wear a safety mask. If you invest in good indoor air quality, you’ll stop the issue at the source.
Many children prefer the indoors these days due to video games, smartphones, and tablets. If your child enjoys the great outdoors, you can encourage their exploration. When he or she suffers from allergies, however, recommend indoor play instead. The great outdoors nurture many disruptive allergens in large quantities. Each time your child walks out the front door, he or she gets exposed to potential allergy triggers. When your child is indoors, limit screen time and encourage other types of play, such as arts and crafts.
Change the Temperature
Your shower is more than just a place to practice great hygiene. It’s also a good place to help your children overcome problematic allergies. When they’re coughing and sneezing all the time, make them take a hot shower. The warm water will combat their congestion, allowing them to breathe easier.
The opposite is also true. During hot days, allergies can prove troublesome. In such instances, turn up the air conditioning on your HVAC unit. If each room has individual controls, make the bedroom feel like an igloo. You’ll keep additional pollen out of your kid’s play area.
Watch the Eyes
Nothing communicates an allergic reaction like the area around the eyes. If your child rubs his or her eyes or complains of itchiness, apply a cold compress over his or her eyes. The cool material can soothe the irritation. Your child may not complain of soreness, but it’s always a side effect of itchy eyes. The cold compress will take care of the pain while alleviating the aggravation.
Similarly, the natural reaction to itching is scratching. When you kid starts picking at skin or other areas of the body, correct the behavior. Otherwise, they’ll make the situation worse. Use your parent voice to let your child know you’re serious.
Watching your child suffer is frustrating. By following these tips, you’ll reduce his or her symptoms and help keep allergies at bay.