Treating Your Child's Allergies

Treating Your Child's Allergies

Allergies don't have to make your son or daughter miserable. Dr. Jag Ambwani and Dr. Dolly Ubhrani of Longwood Pediatrics, can offer allergy medications and recommend a few changes you can make at home to relieve child allergy symptoms.

What you can do at home to reduce allergy symptoms

Allergens float in the air and can attach themselves to furniture, bedding, floors, shoes, clothing, and even your child's hair. Vacuuming or mopping floors often is a simple way to keep allergens under control. Removing carpets can also be helpful, as the fibers trap allergens.

Washing bedding and towels often will lower the number of allergens in your home. Nightly baths and showers that include hair washing are important, especially during seasonal allergy season.

If your child is allergic to dust mites, using special protective covers on pillows and mattresses will help him or her sleep easier. Replacing down or feather pillows or comforters with foam pillows or down-alternative products can also be helpful.

Air-conditioners or HEPA filters remove allergens before they can circulate through your home. If pollens, grasses, mold, and other allergens are high in your area, playing inside can help your child avoid an allergy flare-up.

Allergy treatments that can ease your child's symptoms

If your child is still suffering after making changes at home and offering over-the-counter allergy medication, it's a good idea to schedule a visit with the pediatrician. During your child's visit to the Lakewood pediatrics office, the doctors may recommend one or more of these treatments:

  • Decongestants to ease swelling in nasal passages and reduce congestion
  • Antihistamines to prevent allergic reactions and relieve runny noses, sneezing, watery eyes, and other allergy symptoms
  • Nasal steroid sprays to reduce mucus in the nose and nasal swelling
  • Immunotherapy to gradually reduce sensitivity to allergens. (Shots aren't the only choice. Dissolving pills placed under the tongue offer another immunotherapy option.)

If itchy eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, and other child allergy symptoms make your son or daughter uncomfortable, the pediatricians at Longwood Pediatrics can help. Call your child's pediatrician Dr. Jag Ambwani and Dr. Dolly Ubhrani at (407) 644-9970 to schedule an appointment.

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