Medication is just part of the solution for allergic kids. Reducing kids' exposure to triggers is key for controlling symptoms. Some doctors suggest running the air-conditioning at night or having an air purifier with a HEPA filter for your child's bedroom. Check out these parent-tested tips for limiting exposure to pollen and other seasonal allergens.
"I receive a daily e-mail alerting me about the airborne allergen counts on the website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. You can get notifications of when pollen or mold from certain trees, grasses, or weeds in your area is present -- and then keep windows closed as a precaution."
Amanda Milani; Leander, TX
"Dress your kids in natural fibers. When most synthetic fabrics rub together, they produce static electricity, which attracts pollen. Pollen clings less to my boys' 100 percent cotton clothes."
Sakina Bajowala, M.D.; North Aurora, IL
"I dust and vacuum frequently and, once a month, spray Febreze Allergen Reducer on the carpet. My kids' coughs go away, and their runny noses aren't as bad."
Autumn Lewis; Fort Wayne, IN
"Every night before bed, we wash our son's hair to make sure that any allergens that may be clinging to his hair don't wind up on his pillowcase. We also use a saline spray or a neti pot to help clear out his nose."
Deanna Leigh Miller; Valencia, CA
Originally published in the April 2012 issue of Parents magazine.
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