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How to Manage Allergies in Kids

Allergy symptoms can be severe enough to cause health concerns, or so mild they are just an annoyance. However, even mild allergy symptoms can make it harder for kids to play outdoors, get a good night’s sleep, pay attention in school and more. Kids are predisposed to have active bodies and active minds. Allergies can make every day a slog.

After effective allergy relief, kids may feel more energetic, curious, and playful — the way all kids should. You can help manage your child’s symptoms by minimizing their exposure to common allergy triggers, talking to their teachers and coaches about their allergies, and teaching them good habits. It may seem like a lot but following these simple steps can bring relief for you and your kids.

Allergy Relief for Kids

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Identify Your Child’s Allergy

Knowing exactly what your child is allergic to will help you keep him or her away from allergens. Are their symptoms worse during a specific season? Do they have indoor allergies, outdoor allergies, or both? Visit a pediatrician who can perform an allergy test to determine exactly what your child is allergic to and recommend ways to provide allergy relief.

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Talk to Others about Your Child’s Allergies

Between school, playdates, sports and visits to Grandma’s, you can’t always keep an eye on your kid. Talk to everyone who has regular contact with your child about his or her allergies and let them know what they can do to help.

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Wash Away Allergens

Kids may not remember to tell you they were exposed to allergy triggers, such as petting their friend’s cat, playing football on a fresh-cut field or rolling in the leaves outside. To help reduce allergen exposure, have them make a habit of changing clothes and bathing when they come home, or at least washing their face and hands.

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Keep Track of Allergy Symptoms

Children’s allergy symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and itchy throat. Use the Claritin® symptom tracker to help track your child’s allergy symptoms.

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Give a Good Night’s Sleep

Adequate rest is key to helping children feel their best. Allergy symptoms often cause children to feel sleepy during the day yet make it harder to sleep at night. By addressing daytime allergy symptoms and taking steps to reduce indoor allergens in your child’s bedroom, you can help your child stay alert and active.

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Have Perspective

Up to forty percent of children in the United States suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms each year. Your child is not alone, and their allergies are likely manageable. Stay calm so they can carry on.

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Keep Medicine on Hand

Have non-drowsy allergy medication available for whenever and wherever symptoms strike. Children’s Claritin® Chewables are easy-to-take tablets, and Claritin® RediTabs® for Juniors dissolve in your kid’s mouth without water for children’s allergy relief on the go.

Teach Your Kids about Allergies

Talk openly with your kids about what may trigger allergies, so they know what allergens to look for and avoid. You can start the conversation with young children by reading “Casey and the School Day Sneezes,” a free e-book about child allergies

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Parenting Children with Allergies. Everyday Health. Accessed March 24, 2020.

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