Children and their parents both spend most of the winter season wishing for warmer weather to come back. Spring has finally sprung, and the warm weather you’ve been wanting is here! Being able to spend more time outdoors is good for the entire family. While the sunshine may be beneficial to your physical and mental health, springtime pollen will put a serious damper on the family fun if you have a child suffering from seasonal allergies.
AFC Urgent Care Lyndhurst provides allergy treatment for all members of the family. Visit us today to take control of your allergies.
Identifying Allergy Symptoms
Every child is different, and their allergy symptoms and triggers will be unique to them. Some children have very mild symptoms, while others have symptoms so severe it can become a medical emergency. Common allergy symptoms to look out for include:
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy eyes, nose, or mouth
- Watery eyes
- Red eyes
Keep Them Hydrated
Make sure your child is drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Water helps to lubricate the mucus membranes and allows the body to clear mucus out of the nasal passages easier. Chicken and vegetable broth are also helpful in keeping the body’s hydration level up.
Steam is a great way to loosen the mucus in your child’s sinus passages and soothe their nose, throat, and sinuses. You can give your child some relief with steam by having them sit in the bathroom while a shower runs on the hottest setting. Close any doors or windows to ensure as much steam is trapped as possible.
If your child is suffering from watery and itchy eyes, a cold compress held over their eyes can give them some relief from the uncomfortable symptoms. Use a towel wet with cold water or an ice pack with a thin towel wrapped around it.
Utilize Allergy Medication
There are a wide variety of allergy medications available for children. Allergy medications come in pills, liquid, chewable tablets, nasal sprays, and eye drops. Once you find the products that are the best for your child’s symptoms, you can keep them on hand during peak allergy seasons for quick relief or allergy prevention. Speak with your child’s pediatrician to learn more about what allergy relief options are appropriate for your child’s age and symptoms.
Visit AFC Urgent Care Lyndhurst for quick assessment and treatment to manage your child’s allergy symptoms while you wait for an appointment with the pediatrician! The quicker your child gets care, the quicker they can get back to having fun in the sun.