The wet winter Southern California has seen means that grass, trees, and flowers will start blooming perhaps sooner than expected – however so will allergy season. In addition, windy conditions in the springtime can cause pollen and other allergens to stir throughout the air and irritate the lungs of children across the region.

Spring allergies and asthma can be challenging for kids, but there are several ways you can safeguard them.

  • Keep windows and doors closed. Close your home's windows and doors during high pollen days to prevent allergens from entering your home. You can also use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to keep the indoor air clean as well.
  • Encourage regular hand washing. Show your child how washing their hands regularly helps remove allergens they have encountered.
  • Keep your home clean. Vacuum, dust, and clean your home regularly to remove any allergens that may have accumulated.
  • Changing children’s clothing after playing outside and bathing at night can also ensure your child doesn’t sleep with pollen on them. Pets may carry pollen on them too, so keep pets that play outside out of your child’s bedroom.
  • If your child has received prescription medications for their allergies, make sure they are taking them regularly to help combat the severity of their allergies.

If your child's symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical advice from your child's pediatrician. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to allergies and asthma. By taking the necessary precautions and following the tips mentioned above, you can help keep your kids less effected by allergies during the spring season.