How to Keep Your Kids Happy Despite Allergies

by Allison Bush Editor

Stay inside

This might be difficult when the weather is nice, but sometimes the best way to treat allergy symptoms is to avoid allergens to begin with. So when the pollen count starts to rise, try to keep your kids indoors as much as possible.

Use a humidifier

If the air is dry in your home, adding a little moisture by using a humidifier may make breathing easier for your child. Be careful not to overdo it, though, since humidity over 40 percent can encourage the growth of indoor allergens like mold and dust mites.

Drink warm tea

If your child is cranky with a sore throat, offer warm tea to help sooth it. If your child doesn't like the taste of tea, try a weak tea with honey and lemon.

Use your air conditioner

Use your air conditioner in your car and home (especially your child's bedroom and playroom) to keep pollen out when the weather is hot. Also, be sure to keep your windows closed.


If your child is constantly sneezing and blowing his nose, it's possible that he's becoming dehydrated. Always keep a full water bottle nearby and encourage your child to keep drinking.

Beware of certain foods

If your child suffers from a ragweed allergy, she may also have an allergic sensitivity to some foods, including bananas, melons, chamomile tea, sunflower seeds and cucumbers.

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