- During the spring, keep your children indoors in the evenings because pollen levels are highest during that time of day.
- Keep your home and car windows closed during windy, sunny days.
- Have your children take a shower after spending time outside to remove any pollen residue on their body or in their hair.
- Have your children change their clothes after spending time outside because they will carry pollen indoors on their clothes.
- Dry your clothes indoors instead of on an outdoor clothesline during this time of year.
Allergy Medicine for Children
Medicine can help alleviate allergy symptoms in children, but with any medication you give your child, be sure you’re using the right medication for your child’s age and weight. Follow the instructions carefully to be sure your child gets the correct dosage. Over-the-counter, generic allergy medication is effective for many people and can cost less than prescription allergy medications. If you have any questions about what medications are right for your child, ask your family doctor. Some common allergy medications include:
- Nasal decongestants to relieve a stuffy nose.
- Antihistamines to relieve sneezing, and an itchy, runny nose.
- Nasal corticosteroids are also often used, but are available only by prescription.
For children who have allergy symptoms that are difficult to control, doctors will often give your child an allergy test to learn the exact cause of the allergy. Your doctor will recommend a special treatment based on the results of the allergy test. USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov are the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).