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Lighten Your Child's Allergy Load

Sweep away triggers to reduce your child's allergy symptoms.

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Make Your House a Nonsmoking Area

Smoke can increase allergen deposits in your child's nose and lungs. Ban:

  • Smoking
  • Fires in wood stoves or fireplaces
  • Candles
  • Incense

What About Pets and Allergies?

  • Pet hair or fur can carry dust, pollen, mold, or other allergens into your home. Know that:
  •  Your child may be allergic to a protein found in the animal's saliva, dander, or urine. 
  • If your pet sheds, allergens can be carried through the air and land in your child's eyes and nose.
  • Pet allergies can also cause hives and itching.

Some studies show that washing your pet weekly may reduce the allergens released during shedding. If possible, keeping your pet outside is probably the best idea.

Testing

If your child still wakes up sneezy, wheezy, and stuffy, look into testing for less-obvious triggers like:

  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Cockroaches

Medicine

If symptoms don't go away, talk to her doctor about:

  • Over-the-counter non-drowsy antihistamines
  • Over-the-counter steroid nasal sprays
  • Saline nasal rinses
  • Prescription nasal sprays

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Reviewed on October 26, 2012

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