Spring is a beautiful season. Unfortunately for some kids, spring means eye allergies. If your child has eye allergies you feel almost as bad as he does. Here are some tips to make the spring a bit more tolerable:
If you think your child has allergies don’t try to figure it out for yourself or try to figure out the source of the allergy. Let the medical professionals do the investigating. Although eye allergies are not a threat to your eye sight, similar eye problems can hurt your vision if they are assumed to be “just allergies” for too long. You and your child will both feel better a lot faster if you take your child to an allergist and have him properly tested. Also, don’t assume a child is “too young” for allergies, you could be wrong about that as well.
Separate your child from allergy triggers.
- The pollen count is highest in the early morning, so keep your child inside until later in the day. Wearing sunglasses will also help keep pollen from entering a child’s eyes. After playing outside, get your child into the shower (including washing hair!) and put those clothes in the wash.
- On high pollen count days keep the kids inside, close the windows and run the air conditioning instead.
- Even if the dog and cat aren’t a trigger themselves, they carry pollen in their fur, so keep the pets out of the kids’ bedrooms – at least until they’ve had a bath too.
- If dust mites are a problem, use anti-allergen dust mite covers on the bedding.
Don’t be afraid to ask for allergy medication for your child. Modern medications have been specifically designed for children and are much better than not treating them. The alternative for your child is losing sleep, missing school and possibly developing a more serious condition.
You do your best to keep your kids healthy, including protecting them from allergens. Don’t forget to protect their eyes from dangerous UV rays. Check out the entire Real Kids line of 100 percent UVA and UVB proof sunglasses.