April Showers brings May flowers!

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to play in my flower beds this time of year.  I really love spring!  If I had my way, I’d open all the windows and let my house air out the old-fashioned way.  But alas, I can’t.  Within minutes, my house, just like my car, would be covered with pollen.  Everyone in my house will have itchy eyes or runny noses in record time.  This brings me to my topic for today---allergies!  For Pollen the past week, I have seen more children with runny noses and itchy, puffy, red watery eyes.  Those cute little darlings look like little old men and women with big baggy swollen eyes.  It would be easy to say –avoidance is key, but how do we avoid all the pollen everywhere.  I do have a few tips:

  • Keep windows closed and use air-conditioning to cool off your home or car.
  • Keep your home as dust-free as possible.  Wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth.
  • Don’t let the kids carry the pollen to bed; remove their clothing and bathe/shower them to remove the pollen from their cute little faces and bodies.
  • Cool compresses to those puffy eyes will make your child more comfortable.
  • Saline nose spray or rinses will help remove the allergens from the child’s nose.
  • If your pediatrician has suggested an antihistamine like diphenhydramine or loratadine, make sure that you administer it before your child goes out.
  • Consult your pediatrician if your child develops fever or appears ill. 

Well, this is my first attempt at blogging. This really is a work in progress, but I hope it was helpful.  If you have topics that you would like discussed, please send to our comment box.  Thanks for reading. 

Dr. P