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How to Help Manage Allergies in Kids

Whether your child suffers from seasonal or indoor allergies, as a mom, you are at the core of your child’s allergy management team and the point person for providing his or her doctor with critical information. Here is some information that can help you manage your kid’s allergies.

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Types of allergies

Outdoor seasonal allergies

Playing outside is a big part of being a kid. But for a child with outdoor allergies, symptoms can get worse depending on the season and which trees, grasses, or weeds are releasing their pollen into the air. Help your kids manage their seasonal allergy symptoms so they can still enjoy being outside.

Indoor year-round allergies

Home. School. Even the car. If your child is allergic to allergens (see glossary) like dust mites, mold spores, or pet dander, he or she can experience symptoms any time of year. You can help your child with indoor allergies manage his or her symptoms.

Track your child’s symptoms

Help your doctor understand what may be causing your child's allergies by tracking his or her symptoms, how badly he or she is suffering, and the allergens that may be causing the problems.

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Have the allergy talk

Casey and the School Day Sneezes is an eBook that can help you talk with your child about allergies. Ask your child how he or she feels about allergies and the steps you and his or her pediatrician can take to help.

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Test Your Allergy Smarts

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All allergy medications make kids drowsy?

True False

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Not all allergy medications make kids drowsy. Look for allergy medications that will relieve your child’s symptoms without making him or her drowsy.

Correct!
Not all allergy medications make kids drowsy. Look for allergy medications that will relieve your child’s symptoms without making him or her drowsy.

What part of your cat or dog is your child allergic to?

A. Fur B. Dander C. Sweat

Not quite.
Pet allergies are a sensitivity to dander (dead skin cells) that flake off and is trapped in an animal’s fur. It’s like dandruff for pets. Kids can also be allergic to the proteins found in pet saliva or urine.

Correct!
Pet allergies are a sensitivity to dander (dead skin cells) that flake off and become trapped in an animal’s fur. It’s like dandruff for pets. Kids can also be allergic to the proteins found in pet saliva or urine.

Mold only exists in damp places indoors?

True False

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Indoor molds grow in damp places like basements or bathrooms. But mold grows outside as well. Outdoor molds are more active during the spring and summer but do pop up year-round in warmer climates, like the South and West Coast.

Correct!
Indoor molds grow in damp places like basements or bathrooms. But mold grows outside as well. Outdoor molds are more active during the spring and summer but do appear year-round in warmer climates, like in the South and the West Coast.

If a child has pet allergies, he or she won’t have symptoms if you get a hypoallergenic cat?

True False

Not quite.
Because of their types of fur and skin, some cat breeds may release fewer allergens or dander than others. Unfortunately, since less dander does not guarantee less allergic response there is really no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic cat.

Correct!
Because of their types of fur and skin, some cat breeds may release fewer allergens or dander than others. Unfortunately, since less dander does not guarantee less allergic response there is really no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic cat.

You should treat allergies with antibiotics?

True False

Not exactly.
Antibiotics fight bacterial infections but are not appropriate for treating allergies. An antihistamine relieves allergy symptoms like sneezing. Nasal decongestants relieve stuffy noses. Both can help treat kids’ allergies!

Correct!
Antibiotics fight bacterial infections but are not appropriate for treating allergies. An antihistamine relieves allergy symptoms like sneezing. Nasal decongestants relieve stuffy noses. Both can help treat kid’s allergies!

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