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How can I protect my child from an allergic reaction to pollen?

To protect your child from an allergic reaction to pollen you can attempt to avoid the allergen. For example, have your child stay indoors as often as possible when the particular pollen is at high levels in the air. If that is unreasonable, which is often the case, your child's healthcare provider may suggest that your child take an oral medication daily (Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, etc.) to help prevent symptoms. Another effective treatment is a daily nasal steroid spray (Flonase, Nasacort, etc.) to help control nasal and eye symptoms. If symptoms are particularly bad, a doctor may be able to determine the specific pollens via allergy testing. Then the allergies may be controlled with shots of small amounts of the pollen to desensitize the body. Then the resulting reactions won't be as severe.

There's no easy way to protect your child from an allergic reaction to wind-borne pollen. Here are some things you can do:

  • Help your child avoid outdoor areas that have just been mowed or contain a lot of plant life.
  • Limit your child's outdoor play during allergy season, which can vary depending on what pollens trigger the allergic reactions.
  • Plan your vacation at the height of the expected pollinating period, and choose a location where such exposure would be minimal, such as the seashore.
  • Keep your child indoors during times of highest pollen counts, usually early in the morning on warm, dry, breezy days.
  • If your child must be out when pollen levels are high, consider using a face mask designed to keep pollen from reaching nasal passages.

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