This school year has brought us lots of changes, challenges and adjustments. My son started kindergarten in September, in a full day program at a new school. It's meant figuring out new routines and adapting a new schedule. The first week of school he started showing symptoms of seasonal allergies, especially after a playdate at our friends' home where one of his buddies had picked lots of ragweed and put it in jars all over the house! His reaction was bad! It was that night that we began our now nightly routine of using allergy medicine before bed, since that's an easy time for us to remember it. I also began checking the pollen reports for our area and learned that the weeds were listed as high. Having a constant cough and the sniffles for the first month of school made the adjustment a bit of a challenge, but he is now doing great!
As Children's Claritin Mom Crew member, I received some great tips to share with my readers regarding helping kids deal with allergies at the busy time of year:
1. Be sure to have Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, on hand!
2. Multi-vitamins are building blocks to having a strong immune system. Make taking a multi-vitamin part of your child’s daily routine. My son takes a dye-free multi vitimin, a probiotic, and a fiber gummy every morning with breakfast!
3. Let there be light! Mold doesn't like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day. Should be easy during the summer months!
4. Did you know that most pillows trap allergens, dust mites, and bacteria? Monitor the cleanliness of the pillow your child with allergies sleeps on and replace if necessary.
5. Back to school season means lots of laundry for many moms. Be sure to remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Allowing wet clothes to sit in the washer means mold can quickly grow there.
6. Monitor pollen counts and adjust outdoor before and after school activities accordingly. Dry, windy days can be particularly high in pollen.
7. Showering or bathing at the end of the day as opposed to the morning can be helpful in removing allergens from body surfaces and hair.
8. Stay hydrated! Always send your child to school with a bottle of water. Drinking lots of clear fluids through the day can help get rid of toxins and flush out body.
9. Peak pollen production typically occurs in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the day.
10. My son keeps packets of tissues in his pockets and in his school bag. I also let his teacher know about why he was congested.
As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.