September 6, 2013

Back to School With Allergies

Back to school has been a little different this year at the Kerr house, mainly because this is the first year that we've had a child in school. This means that I have a whole new set of things to deal with including taking them to school, picking them up, helping with homework, and teaching my son to care for himself when I'm not around. Its somewhat strange but with week one almost over I feel like we're starting to get the hang of things.

One thing we have had to deal with at school that is new is allergies. I have allergies but I've been dealing with them so long it's just part of life. Teaching my kids to deal with allergies is something that we are still working on. The worst time of year is almost here in Idaho, harvest season. E thinks it's funny he can tell when harvest starts just by looking at our faces. For the rest of us it tends to be a little painful so today I wanted to share some tips to help you survive harvest, and the rest of the school year, with as little allergy trouble as possible.

Kerr's Top 10 Allergy Tips

1. Be sure to have Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, on hand!

2. Multi-vitamins are building blocks to having a strong immune system. Make taking a multi-vitamin part of your child’s daily routine.

3. Let there be light! Mold doesn't like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day. Should be easy during the summer months!

4. Did you know that most pillows trap allergens, dust mites, and bacteria? Monitor the cleanliness of the pillow your child with allergies sleeps on and replace if necessary. - Note: to avoid flat pillows from washing cover them with a protective cover or make your own.

5. Back to school season means lots of laundry for many moms. Be sure to remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Allowing wet clothes to sit in the washer means mold can quickly grow there.

6. Monitor pollen counts and adjust outdoor before and after school activities accordingly. Dry, windy days can be particularly high in pollen.

7. Showering or bathing at the end of the day as opposed to the morning can be helpful in removing allergens from body surfaces and hair.

8. Stay hydrated! Always send your child to school with a bottle of water. Drinking lots of clear fluids through the day can help get rid of toxins and flush out body.

9. Peak pollen production typically occurs in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the day.

10. Keep cool eye packs on hand. These are perfect for eye allergy symptoms but can also be used for any rash caused by allergies.

As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.

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