*Before using any treatment for your child, consult a doctor. This post was made possible by Venta Airwasher by providing a sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
I have a few kids that suffer from seasonal allergies. I do too. I know I’m allergic to many trees and grasses and so is my son and daughter. They wake up sneezing and it also effects their lungs so sometimes they are wheezing. I’m never sure if they have a cold or if they are reacting to an allergy. Here are some tips I’ve found useful to help get through those hard seasonal months.
First of all, do you think your child has seasonal allergies? Look for these signs and symptoms:
If your child develops a “cold” at the same time every year, seasonal allergies might be to blame. Allergy symptoms, which usually come on suddenly and last as long as a person is exposed to a particular allergen, can include:
- itchy nose and/or throat
- nasal congestion
- clear, runny nose
These symptoms often come with itchy, watery, and/or red eyes, which is called allergic conjunctivitis. If your child has wheezing and shortness of breath in addition to these symptoms, the allergy may have progressed into asthma. Which is what has happened to my daughter and me. Even kids who have never had seasonal allergies in years past can develop them. Seasonal allergies can start at almost any time.
1. Take a shower before bed. This helps make sure there is no pollen in their hair or on their skin that they are taking into bed with them.
2. Keep the windows closed in your car and house.
3. Change clothing and wash hands after playing outside.
4. Using an air conditioner in your home and car can help reduce pollen in your home and car.
5. Use an Air Purifier and Humidifier. This is one of my favorite things to use during allergy season. I use the VENTA Air Washer. Isn’t that an awesome name? It really washes the air. Dry heater air in the fall and winter causes dry mucous membranes. Bacteria and viruses cannot be trapped and the danger of infection, catching cold and allergic respiratory disease increases. This is why I always use my Venta Air Washer year round. I love how quiet it is. I have the compact version so it is small and fit’s into my home decor well. And you can add natural oils to them like vanilla, lavender to help everyone relax and eucalyptus oil to help with congestion.
- How does it humidify? The Venta Airwasher operates by the process of cold evaporation; you will not see any white residue, vapors or mists. The disk stack rotates in the water creating a surface area of over 45 sq. ft. (LW 45). When dry air meets the surface area of the disk stack, the water evaporates and is sent out into the room. By using the cold evaporation process, any excess humidity can be virtually ruled out.
- How does it purify? Airborne particles, such as dust, pollen and smoke are drawn in and passed over the rotating disk stack. The particles adhere to the wet disk stack and are pulled down into the water. Water evaporates; dirt and dust do not evaporate. The collected particles remain on the bottom of the lower housing and can be rinsed/wiped out every 10 –14 days.
The Venta Airwasher has been used in Europe for years and is now expanding into the USA. If you live in the USA you will get FREE SHIPPING on your order! That’s right! Awesome! Or you can search your city HERE and see if any retailers close to you are carrying it. They have them at a Bed Bath and Beyond store near me. It truly is a lifesaver for me and I’d love for you to try it in your home.
6. Find a medicine that works for your child. Since every child suffers from allergies differently, it’s hard to say which medicine will help. All you can do is treat the symptoms they are displaying. We like to use more natural remedies. For instance:
- For congestion we like to use Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief. Read my review on it HERE.
- For skin allergies, try using aloe vera. Bathe the area in warm water and a mild soap to remove anything that is causing the irritation
- We also like to use essential oils for seasonal allergies. The best essential oils for seasonal allergies in kids are Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils. They can create a powerful all-natural antihistamine. Combining these three oils can help to bring down inflammation resulting from your body’s allergic response. These oils are great for airborne allergies. . doTERRA essential oils are safe enough to consume internally. When I refer to any essential oils, I am only speaking of doTERRA oils. I would not recommend you use any other brand. With doTERRA essential oils, I know that they are rigorously tested and safe enough to take internally. Go visit The Paleo Mama for the recipe.
I hope these few tips will help you and your children get through seasonal allergy season a little easier.