Allergy Treatment Tips
Be sure to consult your pediatrician if you suspect your child is suffering from allergies. Once your doctor has confirmed that your child is allergic to certain substances, try taking these steps to minimize allergen exposure:
- Use protective covers on bedding to aggressively control dust mites.
- Limit stuffed animals in your child's room.
- Vacuum and dust your home often.
- Limit exposure to indoor pets early in your child's life.
- Delay exposure to potentially allergenic foods, such as peanuts and wheat.
- Delay solid foods until 6 months of age, then follow a suggested regimen for introducing new foods.
- Reduce and eliminate maternal smoking during and after pregnancy.
- Avoid day care for very young children.
- Keep windows closed at night to keep pollens or molds out. If you can, use air conditioning, which also helps to clean and dry the air.
- Limit early morning activity -- between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. -- when pollen counts are highest.
- Keep car windows closed when traveling.
- Keep your child indoors as much as possible when the pollen count, wind, or humidity is high.
- Use pollen season as the perfect excuse for a beach or seaside vacation, where pollen isn't as prevalent.
- Don't dry clothes or sheets on an outdoor clothesline -- pollen and molds can collect on linens.