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Having kids with seasonal allergies is not fun. It can make life miserable for the whole family. Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses and sometimes seasonal allergies effect my kids breathing.
My kids love to play outside when the weather is nice, so we don’t let seasonal allergies stand in our way.
As a family we are pretty active. My kids like to play soccer, go hiking, swimming, playing on the lake with our paddle board, playing outside with the dog and at the park with our friends. Here are some fun pictures of our family outside soaking up the sun!
Here we are at the hot springs in Southern Utah having fun on our way down to St. George. These hot pots are just out in the middle of nowhere and they are deep so my kids had a fun time diving and doing back flips into them.
Here is my son and his cousin playing in the red sand at Sand Hollow in Hurricane, Utah. Sand Hollow is a great place to take the family to play in the sand and paddle board. If you are lucky enough to have a boat, Sand Hollow is the place for you too!
Here is my husband, my son and me at the REAL Salt Lake game in Salt Lake Utah. Getting outside and watching our favorite team is a family favorite.
Here we are at a pond close by our house playing in the hot sun. We get a lot of use out of our paddle boards, tubes and sand buckets at the local ponds.
My son’s soccer team. They play in the spring and fall. Perfect seasonal allergy time! Ha Ha!
My son and his cousin playing in the leaves. We have two giant trees in our front yard so every year we have a lot of fun blowing them into a pile to play with for a few days before the garbage man comes.
As you can see from the pictures above, we are outside a lot. I have a son that has allergies to just about any grass and tree. He is also a little allergic to our dog. He reacts with itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and an itchy throat. He loves the dog though and would come in the house itching up a storm! He would also get eczema because of the grass that they played together in. My daughter also has seasonal allergies and she sometimes needs an inhaler because it can get really bad. It’s miserable for them in the spring and summer time. I have these symptoms too, but it always seems so much worse when it’s your kids suffering, doesn’t it?
Since we really love to be outdoors during the warm months, we have learned a few tips and tricks to live with seasonal allergies as comfortable as possible. We found a certain medication that helps us and ways to take care of ourselves after we’ve been outside that have helped tremendously.
I’ll share those tips with you today so hopefully if your family is suffering from seasonal allergies I can help you out a little bit.
1. Find a medicine that works for your kids. There are different medicines out there that treat different symptoms of seasonal allergies. I have found that for my kids, and their symptoms, Children’s Claritin works the best. I love Children’s Claritin because I can give it to them before they even go outside to play and it keeps them comfortable all day long. It lasts up to 24 hours and is non-drowsy. Children’s Claritin treats their indoor and outdoor allergies. It treats sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, itchy throat or nose and is for kids ages 2-12.
For my little ones over 2 years old I like the Dye-Free Grape Liquid Claritin.
For the older kids (over 6) we use the Claritin for Juniors, RediTabs.
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2. Shower as soon as you are indoors for the rest of the day. When the playing is over, have those with allergies jump in the shower and rinse off with a mild soap (like Clearasil) to wash away any allergens that have settled on our clothing, skin or hair. Also, change their clothes and put the clothes they played in right into the washing machine. Make sure it’s a shower too. Not a bath. If you child wants a bath instead, shower them first to rinse away allergens, then rinse the bath out. Then fill up the bath for them to play in.
3. Try to keep the windows closed. This is a hard one for me because I love to bring the outdoors into our home. But with all the allergens floating in the air outside it’s important to keep the windows in the house and car closed as much as possible. This keeps the allergens out and keeps them from settling all over where the will be kicked back up into the air and breathed in.
4. Use a netty pot to rinse out sinuses. I know it sounds completely gross, but if you can flush the allergens out of the sinuses there won’t be as big of a reaction. It will also keep you from getting sinus infections. It really does work! Check out how to use them here.
I hope these tips offer some much needed relief for those in your family who are suffering from seasonal allergies.