Managing children's allergies

Allergies are no fun for children or their parents. Find simple allergy tips to help your family keep symptoms in check.

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Overview

An allergy is an exaggerated reaction of the immune systemX immune system
The body’s defence system that protects us against infections and foreign substances.
to otherwise harmless substances, like those from pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
, dust, animals and mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
. When your child comes into contact with these allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
sources, his or her body confuses them with a harmful substance and attacks them by releasing histamineX histamine
A naturally occurring substance that is released by the immune system after being exposed to an allergen. When you inhale an allergen, mast cells located in the nose and sinus membranes release histamine. Histamine then attaches to receptors on nearby blood vessels, causing them to enlarge (dilate)…
into the body, which causes allergy symptoms.

Whether they’re at home, school, a friend’s house or football practice, it’s impossible for children to completely avoid indoor and outdoor seasonal allergens. However, there are ways to help minimise their exposure to common allergy triggers and manage their symptoms so your little one can spend more time playing and less time sneezing.

CHILDREN'S ALLERGY SYMPTOMS

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RUNNY NOSE
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ITCHY, WATERY EYES
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SNEEZING
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ITCHY NOSE OR THROAT
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NASAL CONGESTION
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Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Allergies in Check

It Takes a Village

Between going to school, having play dates with friends or spending the night at grandma’s house, there are lots of places your child goes that may seem outside your control. Get everyone who has regular contact with your child involved by talking about your child’s allergies and letting them know what they can do to help.

Wash Away Allergens

Children may not remember to tell you they were exposed to allergy triggers - from petting the bunny at school or rolling in the leaves at a friend’s house. To help reduce allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
exposure, have them make it a habit of washing their faces and hands when they come home.

Open Up

It’s important to talk openly with your child about what may trigger allergies so they know what to look out for and avoid—from dust in classrooms to their best friend's cat.

Keep Track Of Allergy Symptoms

Children's allergy symptoms may include runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, watery eyes and itchy throat.

Sleep Smart

Allergies can affect sleep, cause daytime fatigue and impact school performance. Make sure your child is getting the rest they need to help them be at their best. Then, do the same for yourself!

Be Prepared

Be sure to keep allergy medicine for children on hand for whenever and wherever symptoms may strike. For children aged 2+ you can now try Clarityn Allergy Syrup in a child friendly mixed berries flavour. Children over 6 can also take Clarityn Allergy Tablets to help alleviate symptoms. Always ensure adult supervision when a child is given a Clarityn product to take.

Conquer The Great Outdoors

From climbing trees to rolling in the grass, allergens from pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
and mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
can make outdoor fun no fun at all. For children with allergies, outdoor fun can be full of runny noses and itchy eyes.

Help Give Indoor Allergies The Boot

There are over 150 airborne allergens, including dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
, pet dander and mould many of which can be found inside homes and schools. Try limiting exposure through vacuuming, wet dusting, and washing linens regularly.

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Allergy Guide

Allergies can pop up anywhere: whether you’re enjoying the great outdoors or playing inside. Our annual allergy guide for families can help you take control of allergy and hayfeverX hayfever
A common condition characterised by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens usually found outside such as, tree, grass or weed pollen, or mould spores.
symptoms. Download the guide now to learn more and fill in your personal action plan to tackle allergies this year.

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