While everyone gets excited for this time of year as the temperatures start to rise and the sun starts shining longer, something we don’t look forward to is those brutal seasonal allergies, especially for your children.
Allergies can be tricky for children and can make the process of taking them to daycare a little more difficult. In Kenosha and Racine, we get hit hard with the pollen from trees, grass, and flowers that can leave you and your little one feeling… just gross.
And just to make things a little more difficult this year, many of the symptoms experienced from allergies are also tied to COVID-19, making the idea of allergies even more stressful.
So, what do you do? If your child is suffering from allergies you can’t just keep them from daycare every single day, but at the same time, you want their experience at daycare to be enjoyable and not miserable.
Here are some tips for seasonal allergies for your children, especially as we end the pandemic.
1) Talk to your doctor
This is an obvious place to start but it is by far the most important! We aren’t doctors here, so speaking to your doctor will allow you to get the most accurate information possible and help you identify exactly what your child is allergic to.
They will be able to give you recommendations about medications and maybe even give prescriptions in extreme circumstances. This will make treatment a lot more effective and have them feeling back to playing form in no time! They will also be able to do a variety of tests to see what the main culprits are. This information may help us make sure we don’t do anything to make your child worse.
2) Teach them the importance of washing their hands
Especially if we get outside to play. Teaching your child the importance of washing their hands can make a huge difference in their symptoms. You know as well as anyone that child’s hands touch everything, including surfaces and plants that they might be allergic to.
By having them wash their hands right away, you can prevent pollen from entering sensitive areas like the eyes. This should help greatly reduce symptoms and make them feel much better. During this time, we are teaching children to wash their hands more often than normal anyway. This should help decrease the number of symptoms that we see from your kids every day!
3) Make sure to let us know
We can try our best to make some accommodations, especially for those children that suffer from the most severe of allergies. By letting us know in advance, we can help make smart decisions about outside time and be prepared to help in any way possible!
*Remember that allergies, colds, and COVID-19 all have very similar symptoms. If you feel that your child might be sick and not suffering from allergies, it might be smart to keep them at home and see your doctor to determine if further tests might be needed. *
Allergies are just a tough reality of springtime here in Kenosha and Racine. Hopefully, with these tips, you can have your little ball of energy feeling back to their normal selves and ready to have fun at daycare – which is much more fun for us as childcare providers as well!