Heading back to school can cause all kinds of changes in your house and stress. With school we’ve noticed the sickness starting. Our school had 80 kids out last week from a stomach bug and unfortunately it hit two of my kids. Just as we would take every precaution from a stomach bug like hand washing and keeping sanitizer on hand (I actually think putting a tiny bottle in your kid’s lunchbox isn’t a bad idea) keeping our kids from getting sick due to allergies is equally important. Last week I thought I had some sort of ear infection or strep throat coming on and after visiting the doctor he told me that I really needed to be taking an allergy medication because my icky symptoms were due to an irritant.
A huge thanks to Claritin for providing these Back to School “Survival” Tips:
- Be sure to have Children’s Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, on hand!
- Multi-vitamins are building blocks to having a strong immune system. Make taking a multi-vitamin part of your child’s daily routine.
- Let there be light! Mold doesn't like sunlight, so try to keep your curtains open during the day. Should be easy during the summer months!
- Did you know that most pillows trap allergens, dust mites, and bacteria? Monitor the cleanliness of the pillow your child with allergies sleeps on and replace if necessary.
- Back to school season means lots of laundry for many moms. Be sure to remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Allowing wet clothes to sit in the washer means mold can quickly grow there.
- Monitor pollen counts and adjust outdoor before and after school activities accordingly. Dry, windy days can be particularly high in pollen.
- Showering or bathing at the end of the day as opposed to the morning can be helpful in removing allergens from body surfaces and hair.
- Stay hydrated! Always send your child to school with a bottle of water. Drinking lots of clear fluids through the day can help get rid of toxins and flush out body.
- Peak pollen production typically occurs in early morning, so try to plan outside activities at other times of the day.
Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience.