Seasonal Allergy Relief

When we think of spring, we envision flowers blooming, trees budding, and windows being cranked open to let in fresh air. But, unfortunately for many families, these things also mean sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny noses.

Pollen and mold can trigger uncomfortable allergic reactions, especially in spring and early summer. But before you decide to give up and stay indoors, here are a few tips to combat mild to moderate allergy symptoms:

  • Keep the windows closed whenever possible, especially on high pollen count days.
  • Leave shoes outside to prevent tracking in grass and other potential irritants.
  • Give the house a thorough spring cleaning and vacuum often.
  • Regularly launder play clothes, jackets, bed sheets, and pillowcases. Be sure to machine dry, rather than use a clothesline.
  • Bathe pets more frequently.

In addition, many over-the-counter medications are effective treatments for seasonal allergies. Antihistamines, nasal steroids, and decongestants all work by blocking the release of histamines that trigger allergy symptoms.

Sneezy Songs!

During allergy season, it’s also important to remind children to use tissues and wash their hands. A proven way to get children to remember instructions is by singing a fun song. Here are a few tunes to help teach hygiene:

Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itchy, itchy nose needs a tissue now.
Go to the box and get a tissue out.
Wipe off your nose and throw it away.
Then go to the sink and wash the germs away.

Tune: Frere Jacques
Use a tissue, use a tissue,
To catch the germs, catch the germs.
Throw it in the trash can, throw it in the trash can.
Wash your hands, wash your hands.

Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands,
Wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands,
Before we eat our breakfast ( or. . .after we play outside. . . so early in the morning. . .)

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