The Do's and....*ACHOO* Don'ts of Seasonal Allergies (for Parents)

During those dreary, long Wisconsin winters, we dream about the beauty of spring... BUT, it seems that each year we forget about the sniffles, sneezes, and itchy, watery eyes that, for many kids (and adults), come along with it. Well, before you run to your local drug store to clear the allergy shelves, keep reading!

What to do...

1. Get in front of the symptoms

Since allergy medications typically take some time to kick in and work their magic, start giving them at the first sign of an allergy-related sniffle, and check with your pediatrician about when to stop. Remember: It's always better to be proactive rather than reactive!

2. Be Mindful of Outdoor Exposure

We know, we know, getting outside, absorbing the sunlight (safely) and being active is ABSOLUTELY essential for your health, but if your child has seasonal allergies, it really kills the fun. Making sure that you're keeping your eye on your child's symptoms during outside time, washing up and changing clothes when coming back inside, and trying to keep windows closed during peak pollen counts are all ways to lessen the severity of the symptoms.

3. Try a holistic approach

There are many ways to avoid medications if that's not your style or if your child doesn't tolerate them. Things like a steamy shower, a little Vicks VapoRub under the nose or on the chest, or a well-cleaned, saline solution filled Neti Pot can work wonders for symptom relief. You could also try out an air purifier. Have another alternative therapy? Comment below!

4. Talk to the school

While your child is yours for the summer, seasonal allergies creep in way before they're let out on break. If your kiddo has bad allergies, make sure their teachers and the school nurse know! That way they can watch for symptoms, be mindful of classroom practices like opening windows, keep some extra tissue on hand, and/or give your child a spritz of Flonase/a dose of Claritin if needed (as instructed by you and your pediatrician, of course).

5. Be prepared year-round

Allergies aren't just isolated to spring and summer. In fact, there are many things during each season that can cause allergy symptoms to flare. See some of the most common causes for each season below!