Does your child suffer from the sniffles regularly? How can you tell if she has sinus infection or nasal (nose) allergy?
On the other hand, nose discharge arising from a nasal allergy is clear, which may be accompanied with sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes. Your child is unlikely to have fever.
If your child has nasal allergy, you can get over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines and decongestant nasal drops, from pharmacies to help her feel better. The pharmacists would be able to select the most suitable product for your child.
Minimise or avoid exposure to allergens
Minimise exposing your child to potential outdoor triggers (pollen, mould, haze particles) and indoor triggers (dust mites, pet dander) to prevent the condition from flaring up.
For children aged seven and up, N95 masks are available in varying sizes for protection against outdoor pollutants during hazy conditions.
It’s important to reduce allergens at home, too. Wash your child’s sheets and pillow cases at least once a week, comforters and toys at least once a month, preferably at temperatures of 60 degrees or higher, to kill dust mites.
Ensure proper ventilation of the house by keeping the windows open.
Do not allow your pet to enter your child’s bedroom at all times.
Remove carpeting from the bedroom if possible and vacuum the floor regularly.
If your child’s symptoms become bothersome and affects her daily activities – for example, she can’t sleep or concentrate in school – consult a specialist for further evaluation and treatment options.
Kids with allergies may find that their condition improves over time. In some cases, they may outgrow the condition completely when they reach the teenage years. Always consult your family doctor if you have questions.
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