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How to Help a Child with Allergic Rhinitis

 

 

Children with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) have overactive immune systems, and they may spend a lot of time sniffling, wiping their noses and eyes, and feeling tired and unwell. This common malady occurs when kids are exposed to pollens from trees, flowers and other forms of plant life. Allergic rhinitis triggers nasal secretions (usually watery or clear), as well as itchy eyes and occasional sneezing. Usually, such allergies are of a heredity nature…if you’re a parent of a child with allergic rhinitis, there’s a fifty-fifty chance that you suffer from allergies yourself…

 

Another type of allergic rhinitis is the perennial form, which occurs chronically because of pet dander, dust mites, or other common allergens. This type of allergic reaction will occur year-round, unless exposure to triggers (dust, mold, solvents, strong scents, pet hair, etc.) are minimized or removed from a home. Of course, your child’s perennial allergic rhinitis will flare up any time they visit a place with these annoying allergens. 

 

If your child (or any child that you care about) is dealing with a case of allergic rhinitis, you may be wondering how you can help, and exactly which medications your special boy or girl needs to feel better. Since allergies frequently make kids cranky and moody, you may want to help a beloved child feel happier and less emotional as he or she battles seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis. Rest assured that any caring adult can give a child a hand with managing hayfever; however, this kind of home care should exist alongside proper medical care from a licensed physician.

Here are some tips on helping a child with allergic rhinitis:

 

Build a Relationship with a Doctor– These days, many families opt to visit walk-in clinics and other large-scale medical care services; while this strategy may work well for infrequent bouts of flu or tummy upset, these clinics may not be optimum choices for managing a child’s allergic rhinitis. The problem with walk-in clinics is that you may see a different physician each time you go to such places; for your child’s sake, it much better to build a long-term relationship with a general physical (also known as a family doctor).

 

Your child may still see a paediatrician; however, in the months and years ahead, you will probably feel more comfortable taking your boy or girl to your own family doctor. It’s really quite convenient when all family members see the same general physician. Look for a great local “doc” who will give your child the focused medical care that he or she really deserves. Take time to build a relationship with a great doctor; this is the single most helpful way to treat your child’s allergic rhinitis…

· Keep Your Home Very Clean – If a child suffers from allergic rhinitis of a perennial nature, they must rely on you to keep their surroundings very clean. Luckily, modern cleaning appliances, such as vacuums with very strong airflow (to suck out allergic triggers from surfaces and fabrics) and HEPA (high efficiency particulate) air filters are a wonderful way to clean away dust mites, pet dander, and other substances that make your child feel ill and grumpy. In general, keeping your home uncluttered and minimalist will assist you in tidying effectively every day – the more clutter and “stuff” you own, the more items you will need to dust in order to help your child feel better.

 

Many people with chronic allergies keep their bedrooms very clean and stripped-down – they make sure they have the right flooring (some prefer cork and hardwood, and some prefer very clean carpets that trap particulates), anti-microbial bedding, and easy-to-clean furniture. While there will always be a degree of clutter in a home with a child or children, try to minimize this by throwing out or storing what you don’t use. Then, scrub, vacuum, dust and disinfect.

 

Show you Care…

 

Giving your love, patience and compassion to a child with allergies is very important. Once a doctor has prescribed the right medicine, offer a child plenty of caring and support as he or she begins treatment for allergic rhinitis. Your tender hugs, listening skills and sense of humor will benefit any child who is trying to cope with seasonal or perennial allergies.