How to Manage Seasonal Allergies in Children
Monitor Pollen Forecasts
Check the pollen count in your area with our pollen forecast tool. Try to plan your kid’s outdoor activities when pollen counts are low. Keep your child inside on dry, hot and windy days when pollen counts are high.
Keep Mold and Pollen Outside
Mold spores and pollen can hitch a ride on your little one’s shoes, clothes and hair. After spending time outdoors, have your kid remove his or her shoes, change clothes and take a quick bath to remove allergens.
Clear the Air
When driving, keep windows up and set the air conditioner to recirculate. At home, keep windows closed, use air conditioning and be sure to change your HVAC filter often.
Buy Low-Allergen Plants
Fill your yard with allergy-friendly plants, such as female buffalo grass, catalpa, crepe myrtle and dogwood trees. Ask your local garden center about allergy-friendly plants before you buy.
Remove Yard Waste
To help reduce the number of mold spores on your property, keep leaves, grass and yard clippings away from the house. You can also try to cut back any trees and/or brush close to the house to remove shady spots where mold thrives.
Bedding or clothing hung out to dry on a clothesline may pick up mold spores. Use a clothes dryer instead.
Remember; you are not alone. Millions of children battle seasonal allergies. Don’t be afraid to ask your pediatrician questions and stay prepared. Be sure to keep allergy medicine for kids on hand, such as Children’s Claritin® Chewables and Claritin® RediTabs® for Juniors, for when seasonal allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes strike. Claritin® RediTabs® dissolve in your child’s mouth without water for convenient allergy relief on the go — so you can get your kids back outside and off the couch.