Children & Outdoor Allergens
Grass pollen levels tend to be the highest in late spring and summer. If your kids enjoy playing in the yard during these months, make sure you keep the grass cut short. Pollen from grass is easily brought indoors by wind, people and pets, so encourage your children to shower and change clothes when they come inside.
Trees pollinate in late winter and early spring. They produce light, dry pollen that can be carried by the wind for miles. Be wary of this when your children are eager to get outside in spring. They may be allergic to more than one type of tree pollen and it’s not always the trees in your yard.
Weeds are a nuisance in more ways than one. They grow like crazy and produce vast amounts of pollen every day. The main weed pollen season is during the late summer and fall. Try to keep your yard weed-free and be on high alert when your kids play in areas with unkempt gardens.
Allergies at School
It’s important to talk about your child’s allergies with adults who spend time with them outside the home. This will ensure that caregivers and teachers are aware of any allergy problems and are able to help keep symptoms under control. It’s also a good idea to educate your child about allergies to help them cope.
Talking to Your Child
- Explain a child’s allergies in simple terms.
- Show kids the items and places that will trigger allergies.
- Create a plan to help them cope with their symptoms when you aren’t around.