Do you feel that your child experiences runny nose, scratchy throat and sneezing very regularly? Well, in most of the cases, children fall victim to these conditions due to airborne allergies. The symptoms of a cold and an airborne allergy overlap and due to this, you may not be able to tell that it is an allergy at first glance.
But it is important to prevent all the triggers of airborne allergies from your surroundings so as to avoid the risk altogether. The following are some of the best ways to treat airborne allergies in children:
Avoid Common Allergens
The best and most effective way to avoid and treat airborne allergies in children is to eliminate all common allergens from your surroundings. Some of the common allergens include pollen, animal dander, mold and dust mites. The following are some ways to remove each one of these:
Getting rid of the animal or pet may not be the best solution and hence you must try to bathe the animal regularly to avoid dander and keep the pet off the furniture and your bedrooms. Vacuum your place often and use air filters to keep air in the house clean.
Keep your child indoors when pollen count in the air is at peak, which is during midday of spring season. Also, keep your windows and doors closed to avoid letting pollen in.
Mold usually thrives in wet and moist environments so try to get rid of moisture in your house by cleaning areas where water collects regularly. Also, use a dehumidifyer in bathrooms.
Dust mites are insects that live in dust in households and tend to eat flakes of human skin. It is important to eliminate them to avoid allergies among children by regularly cleaning your house and dusting it daily. Wash bed and table linen in hot water every week and keep your child’s room especially sanitized.
Use over the Counter Medication
Another way to treat airborne allergies in children is to use over the counter medications like antihistamines which block the histamines that cause allergic reactions. Always consult from a doctor before using these medications.
Help Children Improve Daily Habits
Teach your kids the importance of keeping surroundings clean and washing hands before meals. The dust mites that settle on hands may enter the body through the nose or mouth and may cause reactions and washing hands hence becomes very important.