How I Manage My Child’s Seasonal Allergies
By Danielle Smith, Extraordinary Mommy
She was only six years old when her pediatrician looked me square in the face and said, "seasonal allergies.”
As it turned out, my small girl's runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and itchy throat were not the cause of a virus, but rather from those pesky flowers, trees, grass and molds blooming as we head into our favorite season.
We became one of those families who could no longer open their windows to welcome spring.
But, what we couldn't do, was keep Delaney, who is now 12, locked in the house.
Clearly, she needed to go to school and as an avid athlete, she is constantly outside playing competitive sports. As the weather warms, she is frequently on the diamond for a softball game or just outside perfecting her game.
I remember going through allergy testing (and I promise Delaney does too), but also the relief that comes with knowing there IS something I can do to help my girl manage her symptoms.
So, what is a mom to do?
I choose products that make her feel better and relieve her allergy symptoms – runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and itchy throat – that keep her sidelined. The first thing I do is reach for Children’s ZYRTEC® Allergy Syrup as it relieves her symptoms for a full 24 hours and is effective for allergens that bother her both inside and outside. This means she is comfortable in the classroom, on the playground, and on the field during games and practices.
Another go-to for us if Delaney's itchy eyes happen to be her biggest struggle (as sometimes happens when everything blooms at once here in the Midwest) is VISINE®-A MULTI-ACTION EYE ALLERGY Relief. It temporarily relieves any redness and itching that results from pollen, ragweed, grass and animal hair and dander. It works as it combines an antihistamine with a redness-reliever, so not only do her eyes look better, they feel better too.
As a mom, there is comfort in knowing I'm able to manage her symptoms and allow her to keep doing what she loves.
As with any medication, make sure you always use products as directed on the label and consult your doctor. Always remember to check the expiration dates of current medications to ensure they do not need to be replaced.