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  • Writer's pictureKirsten Smith

Natural Ways to Help Kids Deal With Spring Allergies

Spring will be here before you know it. For kids with allergies, this time of the year can get a little bit uncomfortable, especially with constant sneezing, sniffles, and itchy eyes. As a mom, I've spent years trying to find natural ways to help my kids deal with their spring allergies.

There are some great all-natural remedies that have made my family's life more comfortable during these pollen-filled months. I'll be sharing my top methods with you here in this blog. So, let's dive into these effective strategies that will help your little ones enjoy spring to the fullest!

Best Natural Ways to Deal With Spring Allergies:

1. Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

One of the best ways to tackle spring allergies is through prevention. By maintaining clean indoor air, you can keep allergens out of your home and reduce your kid's allergy symptoms. I suggest investing in a good-quality HEPA air purifier for your child's bedroom. These purifiers can help remove pollen, dust, and pet dander from the air. Over time, this will make it easier for your kids to breathe and sleep at night!

You can also improve air quality by keeping your windows closed. Fresh air is great, but an open window will allow pollen inside. Lastly, don’t forget to regularly replace the filters in your HVAC system and in your air purifiers to improve your air quality!

2. Allergy-Proof Bedrooms and Living Spaces

Another way you can help your kids is by making their bedroom an allergy-free zone. There are a lot of different ways to do this. Personally, I like to use hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers to prevent dust mites from wreaking havoc. You can also wash their bed sheets and blankets more regularly in spring. I suggest using hot water to kill any lingering allergens and bacteria.

In addition, make sure to keep the rest of your home clean and free of allergens. You can do this by vacuuming weekly around the house, dusting blinds and other surfaces, and wiping down high-traffic areas where pollen and allergens could be lurking.

3. Natural Honey for Allergies

With so many natural remedies out there for allergies you might not know where to start. Personally, though, I like to use a spoonful of local, raw honey. This method is a great way for kids to build up resistance to allergens. While this might seem like an odd way to help with allergies, it is a method that has some research behind it.

By consuming trace amounts of pollen found in honey, our bodies can become less sensitive to pollen. Honey can even help relieve some symptoms of allergies including congestion and coughing. If you do use honey, though, just be sure not to give honey to children under the age of one as they could be at risk for botulism.

4. Saline Nasal Rinse

For older kids, saline nasal rinses can provide rapid relief from congestion and help clear out any allergens that have built up over the day. You can use a saline nasal spray or a neti pot to clear kids' nasal passages.

5. Steam Therapy

The next recommendation I suggest for kids with allergies is steam therapy. Although it might seem simple, a little warm steam can go a long way in soothing allergy symptoms! Simply run a hot shower and create a mini steam room in your bathroom. Let your child sit in the steamy environment for a few minutes to help clear nasal passages and ease congestion.

6. Look at The Pollen Forecast

Knowledge is power, especially when dealing with spring allergies. Not all kids are allergic to pollen, but if they do have this allergy it’s important to keep up with the pollen forecast. Consider checking the pollen forecast daily in your area. This can be done with a quick Google search or with a weather app.

You’ll be able to see what types of pollen your kids might be exposed to and the level of pollen for the day. With this information, you can plan your day accordingly. In spring, I like to do outdoor activities with my kids when the pollen count is lower.

7. Healthy Diet and Hydration

A well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can also help boost your child's immune system which could potentially reduce the severity of allergy symptoms! Hydration is also essential, as it helps keep mucus membranes moist and able to trap allergens.

Kids don’t always want to hydrate but it’s good to encourage them to drink plenty of water. If they don’t like water try herbal teas with a touch of honey, or flavored water with low levels of sugar. I also suggest incorporating local, organic produce into your child's diet. This could help build up their resistance to allergens in your area. Local honey is one option, but consuming other local products might also contribute to strengthening their immune system.

Final Thoughts on Helping Kids Deal With Spring Allergies

As a mother, I understand the struggles of watching your child battle spring allergies. It can be a challenging time for everyone in your family. By employing these natural strategies, you can help your child enjoy the beauty of spring without the constant discomfort of allergies.

Remember, every child is different, and what works for one may not work for another. It's essential to pay attention to your child's specific needs and consult with a healthcare professional if their allergies get any worse.

This spring, let's focus on finding relief in the little things, such as a family picnic on a low-pollen day or enjoying a book together in the comfort of an allergen-free bedroom. We can't eliminate all allergies, but we can certainly make our children's lives more manageable during this season!

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