Fall is supposed to be a time when you can wear sweatshirts, have bonfires, go to the pumpkin patch and just enjoy the weather as it cools down. However, fall can also be a time where you may find yourself dealing with sinus headaches, runny noses, a slight cough and itchy eyes. That’s because fall allergies are a thing, and for moms, it means finding the culprit of your child’s allergies and treating them. Learn how to treat these five things that could be triggering your kids’ fall allergies.
If your kids enjoy playing outside, it’s likely that a ragweed allergy will be the culprit of their watery eyes and runny nose. Ragweed is one of the biggest fall allergy triggers because it releases pollen even during cooler nights. This flower can be found in many different areas, so if you know your child is allergic to ragweed, it’s important for you to give them the proper allergy medication before the season starts. In addition, be sure you’re taking the necessary precautions, such as not letting your child spend too much time outside and avoiding areas that are prone to a good amount of ragweed.
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Mold is another common allergy, and while most people think that mold allergies occur only in the spring, it’s actually common in the fall too. Mold allergies are triggered when it’s wet or damp outside or inside. If your child plays in leaves during the fall season, those leaves are breeding ground for mold and can trigger your child’s allergies. If you know your child has a mold allergy, be sure to treat them before the fall season gets into full swing. Plus, don’t allow them to spend too much time in areas that are prone to mold, such as basements, bathrooms, and attics.
3. Dust Mites
Dust mites are more common than you think, and those who suffer from dust allergies will find that fall can be a trigger. During the fall months, you may start to close your windows, which means dust and allergens are just accumulating throughout your home. Dusting and cleaning your home often can help reduce the amount of dust mites and the allergies they cause. Using air filters and having your HVAC vents cleaned out every year can also help eliminate the causes of dust mites throughout your home too.
If your child is allergic to pet dander, then the fall can be a struggle for your child. Many dogs and cats go through multiple shedding phases, and the fall can be one of those times. Plus, since the weather starts to change, the pet dander may start to accumulate as your dog or cat spends more time indoors instead of out. If pet dander is an issue for your children, be sure to brush your pets often (and do so outside) and then be sure to vacuum your house every day. Also, don’t let the pets sleep in your child’s room and keep their door closed at all times. Investing in a small HEPA filter in your child’s room can also be beneficial.
While ragweed is the most common weed allergen, there are plenty of others you should also be aware of depending on where you live. Weeds like pigweed, sagebrush, goldenrod, and curly dock are also known to provide a lot of allergy issues. If you are in an area with any of these weeds, be sure you’re taking the proper precautions for your children. Don’t let them play outside for too long, and be sure you’re closing windows when pollen counts are high. Doing this, along with taking any allergy medication, can help your children not suffer during the fall months.
Allergies are never fun to deal with, especially in young children. However, the fall months are prone to certain allergens like ragweed, other weeds, mold, pet dander, and dust mites. Instead of allowing these things to wreak havoc on your child and his or her immune system, be sure you’re aware of the things that can make them miserable. Then, be sure you take all the necessary precautions to help your child suffer less. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider for the right treatment.
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