5 Steps to Prevent and Manage Your Child’s Allergies

by Allison Bush Editor

Limit outdoor play

Stay indoors on windy days during the pollen season, and don’t allow your child to play in fields with flowers and tall grass.

Buy a portable HEPA filter

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Accumulator) filters can remove dust mite droppings, pollens, molds, spores, animal dander and many other irritants. They cost $100 – $200. Place it in the main living area of the house during the night to clean the air while you sleep. Then run it in the bedroom during the afternoon so the air will be clean while you sleep.

Don't hang dry laundry

Use a mechanical dryer instead of hang-drying your child's laundry since the clothing can pick up pollen outdoors.

Keep windows closed

Keep all the windows and doors closed during your child’s specific allergy season. This keeps the pollen out.

Bathe frequently

Give your child a bath and wash hair before bedtime to get the pollen out. Wash hats and jackets more frequently during pollen season.

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Allison Bush is a former HealthCentral editor who covered a wide range of health topics.