For many children — and adults — changing seasons means battling allergy attacks. As an adult, dealing with seasonal allergies isn't often pleasant, but for children who can't treat themselves, it can feel like a never-ending battle. The last thing any parent wants to do is send their child to school when he or she isn't feeling well, but children can't afford to miss a lot of school days either. So, if your child has seasonal allergies, you need to know how to manage the symptoms. Using some of these home remedies could help your child get through allergy season without many issues.
Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine that you can purchase from most pharmacies or supplement stores in capsule form. It's typically used to relieve common allergy symptoms such as watery, itchy eyes. If your child cannot swallow pills, you can use peppermint and nettle leaves to make hot tea for your child.
- Put one teaspoon of peppermint leaf and one teaspoon of nettle leaf in a tea-ball strainer.
- Close the strainer so that it's tightly secured.
- Use the stove or microwave to boil eight ounces of water.
- Put the tea-ball strainer into your child's glass so that the handle sticks out of the cup.
- Pour the boiling water over the tea strainer to fill the cup completely.
- Let the tea steep for a few minutes — the longer you steep the tea, the stronger the taste. So, if your child doesn't really care for tea, only steep the tea for a couple of minutes.
- Remove the tea-ball strainer from the cup.
- Make sure the tea has cooled down enough for your child to drink it, and serve your child the tea.
If your child has a cough or isn't a huge tea fan, add a little bit of honey to the tea to soothe your child's throat and make it a bit sweeter.
If your child is suffering from seasonal allergies encourage him or her to take a hot shower instead of a bath. The steam from the shower helps clear your child's nasal passages and soothe his or her sinuses. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution. However, a hot shower in the morning could lead to a more focused and productive school day. If your child is too young to shower alone, stay in the bathroom during the shower to ensure the child's safety. If you have an infant, sit in the bathroom with the baby, shut the door, and run the shower so that the room fills with steam.
Battling seasonal allergies isn't fun. If your child is prone to allergy attacks when the seasons change, consider making an appointment with an allergist to see if there is a way to prevent your kid's allergy attacks.