Phoenix Seasonal Allergies: Kids and Prevention

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The past few weeks have wreaked havoc on our allergies here in Arizona . As parents, it’s difficult to see our little ones suffering with seasonal allergies in Phoenix, and yet there is some steps that you can take before you’re sitting on the couch with a nebulizer and crying toddler. From all-natural allergy solutions for kids to over-the-counter medications to preventative measures, our Family Practice Specialists have put together an all-inclusive list of resources for you and your family during this Arizona allergy season.

 

Stay Indoors – Nothing beats staying away from the allergens that cause the entire mess in the first place. Since we had such a wet winter, and such a warm (so far) spring, flowers of every type, shape and size are in full bloom in Phoenix, which means the pollen count is out of control. The best way to prevent seasonal allergies for the kids is to simply stay indoors.

Bath Time – Pollen loves to stick to kids hair and clothes, especially when they’re playing in the dirt or laying on the grass. Kids just have a special way of getting very dirty, and many times within that dirt and dust are pollens and allergens, which can greatly increase Phoenix seasonal allergy symptoms. For allergy relief, get that little one in the bath and into some new clothes. Washing all allergens from clothing, hair and skin can greatly improve allergy symptoms.

 

Encourage Drinking Plenty of Fluids – Just as a cold or flu can deplete your body of nutrients, so too can Phoenix seasonal allergies, especially for the kids. It’s important that you have a sippy cup or water bottle available at all times for your child. All that coughing and sneezing can cause a dry throat and leave a child parched, so be sure to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids.

 

Wash Those Hands – Family Practice Specialists cannot stress this enough – have your child build a healthy habit of washing their hands. Simple hand washing can not only prevent colds, flus and many other illnesses, but can also help prevent Phoenix seasonal allergies.

 

Eye Rubbing – Help your child keep their hands away from their eyes. Phoenix seasonal allergies can cause the eyes to become very dry and itchy, but rubbing them will only aggravate the situation. Get some saline drops to help you child cope and ease some of the allergy symptoms.

 

Saline – Speaking of saline solutions, these are wonderful both for eyes and noses. Children under 2 have limited options in terms of treating seasonal allergies, runny noses and itchy eyes, but saline drops and sprays really do work wonders.

 

Foods – Ragweed is the most common form of allergens in the air in Phoenix which causes allergy symptoms in kids and adults. Ragweed allergies in kids is also closely related to an allergic sensitivity to certain foods such as bananas, melons, sunflower seeds and cucumbers. Be aware of these similar allergies and keep an eye on your child’s symptoms when eating these foods.

 

Talk to a Doctor – Of course, the best option is to make an appointment with your Family Practice Specialist to be sure you’re doing everything that you can to avoid Phoenix seasonal allergies. Let’s talk about natural preventative measures as well as natural treatments, and if that doesn’t work we’ll discuss some over-the-counter medications and prescription allergy treatments.
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Summary:

The past few weeks have wreaked havoc on our allergies here in Arizona. As parents, it’s difficult to see our little ones suffering with seasonal allergies in Phoenix, and yet there is some steps that you can take before you’re sitting on the couch with a nebulizer and crying toddler.

The best way to prevent seasonal allergies for the kids is to simply stay indoors.

Kids just have a special way of getting very dirty, and many times within that dirt and dust are pollens and allergens, which can greatly increase Phoenix seasonal allergy symptoms.

Phoenix seasonal allergies can cause the eyes to become very dry and itchy, but rubbing them will only aggravate the situation.

 

 

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Posted by Phoenix Doctor on April 4th, 2013 at 6:59 PM in Allergies, Family Physician | Permalink | View comments () | Trackback(19719) |