Children's Indoor Allergies
Identifying indoor allergy symptoms in children
As a parent, you never want to see your child uncomfortable or in distress. Fortunately, if your child suffers from indoor allergies, there are quick and easy steps you can take to reduce allergens in your home and get your child on the path to relief.
Some of the most common signs that your child is suffering from indoor allergies include:
- Coughing or tightness in the chest*
- Runny nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Itchy skin and rashes*
While these kinds of symptoms can be attributed to other conditions, allergies are the most common health issue affecting children in the U.S. In other words, you have a good reason to believe allergies might be causing their symptoms.
How to reduce indoor allergens
If you suspect that your child may be suffering from indoor allergies, the first thing you’ll want to do is to make an appointment with your pediatrician or allergist. A doctor will be able to run tests to see if your child has a sensitivity to one or more of the most common indoor allergens.
If allergies are at play, it’s important to figure out how to remove allergens from your home. Whether you’re dealing with pet dander, mold or a dust mite allergy in kids, the steps are pretty standard — and they’re easy to incorporate into your current cleaning routine.
- Reducing mold in the home
- Lower your indoor humidity to reduce excess moisture in the home. Use a humidity monitor, aiming for humidity levels between 35% and 45%.
- Buy a dehumidifier for damp areas like basements and bathrooms.
- Use a certified allergy- and asthma-friendly filter with your central air conditioning system. This will help trap and remove mold spores throughout your home.
- Keep interior doors open to encourage air flow between rooms.
- Reducing dust in the home
- Vacuum your home regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a double-layered microfilter bag or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
- Use a damp cloth instead of a dry one when you’re dusting to ensure that dust doesn’t simply resettle elsewhere.
- Use allergen-blocking or dust-proof covers on pillows and mattresses.
- Wash bedding weekly in hot water. If hot water can’t be used, wash bedding on cool and then dry on high heat for at least 15 minutes.
- Opt for home décor that minimizes heavy fabrics and carpeting.
- Reducing pet dander in the home
- Bathe your pets at least once a week.
- Choose carpet-free flooring to limit the buildup of dander.
- Cover furniture with easy to wash blankets.
- Invest in an air purifier.
- Brush pets outdoors and groom them often.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
- Wash your hands with soap routinely throughout the day.
- Clean solid surfaces as often as possible.
- Vacuum frequently.
Relieve their indoor allergies with Children’s Allegra
Children’s Allegra can help relieve your child’s indoor allergy symptoms so they can feel like themselves again. Give them Children’s Allegra Liquid or Meltable Tablets, both of which provide them with effective, non-drowsy, long-lasting relief.† Before administering to your kids, be sure to read all directions and warnings on the product label, which you can also find online here.
Children’s Allegra won’t impact their learning or concentration due to drowsiness. And because it lasts a full 12 hours, your child is covered through the school day and beyond. It’s the #1 Allergist recommended brand for non-drowsy relief.‡
*Children’s Allegra is not indicated to relieve coughing, tightness in the chest, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, itchy skin or rash. Children’s Allegra is indicated to relieve sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes or an itchy nose and throat.
†Children’s Allegra lasts a full 12 hours.
‡Allegra is the #1 allergist recommended non-drowsy brand of OTC oral antihistamines.