Southern Mom Loves: Managing My Daughter's Seasonal Allergies and the Smart Allergy Mom Toolkit

Managing My Daughter's Seasonal Allergies and the Smart Allergy Mom Toolkit

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by Claritin®. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Now that Fall is here, it's time for pumpkins, cider, hayrides...and runny noses for some. Yes, it is one of the dreaded allergy seasons for us here. Funny enough, I never really suffered from seasonal allergies, and neither did my daughter until we moved into a more rural city where we both developed them at around the same time. Running and jumping and playing outside now invariably leads to sneezing and blowing noses inside. The good news is that it can be managed with a little knowledge.

My daughter didn't develop allergies until around 6 years old. At first, we thought she must be coming down with a little cold. We monitored her temperature, wiped her nose, and imagined that it would pass in a few days to a week. Two weeks later and she still had watery eyes and was sneezing. She didn't ever get a fever, but she felt terrible, so it was time to see a doctor.

Her Pediatrician surprised us by telling us our daughter had developed allergies. I didn't even know that was possible! We had been playing full-throttle outside for years before this with no problems, but now she had allergies that kept her feeling miserable.

Not having any kind of experience with children's allergies, we asked for recommendations for medication from her doctor, but it took us trial and error to figure out a method to prevent them from becoming full-blown allergy attacks. A little knowledge goes a long way and we searched the internet for information about children's allergies. We had no idea which seasons were allergy seasons, what pollen counts were, or exactly what would set them off. It was time to learn.

Learn we did, but it was a ponderous journey sorting out facts from supposition and watching and noting her reactions to the time of year, the locations we played in, and what was around us.

Luckily for moms now trying to manage children's allergies, there's a helpful resource, and it's all in one place: The Smart Allergy Mom Toolkit by the makers of Claritin. From learning about seasonal symptoms to allergy relief options, it has tools and resources you may need to help you understand kids’ allergies. There provide various tools to help understand and manage allergies in kids, including an allergy forecaster to track the pollen count in your area. Easy-peasy!

One option for treatment: Children’s Claritin is the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Non-Drowsy Oral Allergy Brand for kids ages 2+ and provides non-drowsy relief that lasts all day. It's 24 hours of relief of runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and itchy nose or throat and is available in chewable grape and bubble gum or a grape syrup.

So is it a cold or allergies? Check out the Smart Allergy Mom Toolkit and find out. You can even grab a $3 coupon for Children’s PEDs!

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