Coughing, sneezing, itching, wheezing -- kids with allergies face a lot of miserable symptoms. And, your child's triggers may change over time. Sudden weather changes also can make symptoms flare.
Learn what triggers your child's allergies now, at least, and get serious about avoiding them. These tips can help you improve your child's breathing and quality of life.
Learn Your Child's Allergy Triggers
Write down what causes your child's symptoms:
Avoid contact. It might sound obvious, but it’s worth a reminder. You can’t use or touch what triggers your allergy.
Chill out. A cool compress or shower can help calm a fiery rash. Gently pat dry and then moisturize.
Soak it. Colloidal oatmeal is oatmeal ground to a powder, so it mixes well with water. It can calm inflamed skin for some people. But other folks can have reactions to it. To try it, use lukewarm water. If it’s too hot, it can irritate and dry your skin.
Add anti-itch cream. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone or calamine lotion may relieve itching.
Go baggy. Don’t wear tight clothes. They can irritate your rash. Play it loose and cool.
For severe symptoms, try a damp dressing. First find a soft cotton piece of clothing, like a long-sleeve T-shirt or long underwear. Soak it in water, wring it out, and then put it on. Wear something over it that's snug, but not too tight.
If you have a skin problem that doesn't go away on its own, always get it checked out by a doctor -- even if it gets a little better from a home treatment. They could be a sign of a serious medical condition.