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Managing Children’s Allergies

Allergies are no fun for kids or their parents. Find simple allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
tips to help your family keep symptoms in check.

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Overview

An allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
is an exaggerated reaction of your child’s immune systemX immune system
The body’s defense system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.  
to otherwise harmless substances, like those from pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called a stamen or from the male cone of a tree. 
, dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
, pet dander and mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms. 
. When your kid comes into contact with these allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
sources, his or her body confuses them with a harmful substance and attacks them by releasing histamineX histamine
A naturally occurring substance that is released by the immune system after being exposed to an allergen. When you inhale an allergen, mast cells located in the nose and sinus membranes release histamine. Histamine then attaches to receptors on nearby blood vessels, causing them to enlarge (dilate)…
into the body, which causes allergy symptoms.

Whether they’re at home, school, a friend’s house or soccer practice, it’s impossible for kids to completely avoid indoor and outdoor seasonal allergens. But there are ways to help minimize their exposure to common allergy triggers and manage their symptoms so your little sniffler can spend more time playing and less time sneezing.

CHILDREN'S ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

outlined runny nose
RUNNY NOSE
itchy, watery eyes icon
ITCHY, WATERY EYES
outlined nose sneezing
SNEEZING
outline of an itchy nose or throat
ITCHY NOSE OR THROAT
illustration of nasal decongestion
NASAL CONGESTION
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Tips for Keeping Kids' Allergies in Check

It Takes a Village

Between going to school, having play dates with friends or spending the night at grandma’s house, there are lots of places your kids go that may seem outside your control. Get everyone who has regular contact with your child involved by talking about your kid’s allergies and letting them know what they can do to help.

Wash Away Allergens

Kids may not remember to tell you they were exposed to allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
triggers—from petting the bunny at school or rolling in the leaves at a friend’s house. To help reduce allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
exposure, have them make it a habit of washing their faces and hands when they come home.1

Open Up

It’s important to talk openly with your kids about what may trigger allergies so they know what to look out for and avoid—from dust in classrooms to their best friend’s cat.

Sleep Smart

AllergyX Allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
symptoms can affect sleep, cause daytime fatigue and impact school performance. Make sure your child is getting the rest they need to help them be at their best. Then, do the same for yourself!

Conquer the Great Outdoors

From climbing trees to rolling in the grass, allergens from pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called a stamen or from the male cone of a tree. 
and mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms. 
can make outdoor fun no fun at all for kids with allergies. Find simple tips for managing outdoor allergies so your little one can enjoy more of the great outdoors.

Give Indoor Allergies the Boot

From home to school to GRANDMA’S house, get easy tips for managing your child’s indoor allergies to dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
, pet dander and mould.

REFERENCES

  1. Allergy Prevention Tips. Accessed February 9, 2018.

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