Does your child tend to suffer from eye allergies during the spring, summer, or fall? Eye allergies are extremely common in children, especially during spring and summer, when pollen and other types of allergens are most prevalent. Here are some tips on what you can do to help prevent and treat your child’s eye allergies: How To Prevent And Treat Eye Allergies In Kids
How To Prevent Eye Allergies
The best way to prevent your child from experiencing eye allergies is to minimize your child’s exposure to allergens to avoid allergies in the eyes. Some tips for reducing allergy trigger exposure are as follows:
- During pollen season, closing windows and have your child spend less time outside.
- Regularly vacuuming and using an air purifier.
- Encouraging your child to protect their eyes by using hats and sunglasses throughout allergy season.
- Making sure your child’s hands are getting washed properly and telling them to not touch their eyes.
- Telling your child to use glasses instead of contacts (for older children).
- Making sure your child’s hair gets washed every night (in order to remove allergens from their hair).
How To Treat Eye Allergies
Hay fever and eye allergy symptoms can be treated via having your child take antihistamines such as Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine) on a daily basis. However, there are some more things you can do if your child is still experiencing symptoms despite taking allergy medication to manage those symptoms.
Other methods for preventing eye allergies and treating flare-up symptoms include:
- Having your child take a short-acting allergy medicine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) once a day for children ages 3 and up, or antihistamine eye drops like Zaditor (ketotifen) once a day for children ages 3 and up.
- Using a cool washcloth to wipe your child’s face and flushing their eyes out (leave the washcloth over their eyes if your child prefers it).
How To Prevent And Treat Eye Allergies In Kids