Relief for allergies at school and day care is an urgent problem for many
parents and kids.
Consider the statistics: As many as 40% of children in the U.S. suffer from
seasonal allergies, and one in every 17 children under the age of 3 has a food
How can you work with teachers, coaches, the school nurse -- and your family
-- to keep allergies at school under control? How can you help your child avoid
missing important class days and be comfortable and productive while in
Go for plants with bright, aromatic flowers. In general, flowering plants are pollinated by insects, not the wind. Their pollen is usually too big to get in the air and cause allergy symptoms.
Choose native plants. They're easier to grow, because they're already adapted to the climate. Nonnative plants are more likely to struggle -- and stressed plants tend to release more pollen.
Ask for female trees. It might sound strange, but most pollen comes from male trees. They're sometimes advertised as "seedless" or "fruitless." To breathe easier, plant a female tree that won't release pollen.
Remove high-pollen plants and trees from your yard. At the very least, keep them far away from windows and doors, so their pollen doesn't get inside. Bear in mind this won't protect you from pollen from your neighbors' trees.
Looking for specifics about what to plant? Good choices include: