Oh Spring has sprung! The birds that live above our front door had babies, who have since “flown the coop” so to speak. The hummingbird in our lemon tree just welcomed two little ones yesterday. The plumeria flowers are blooming, as are my orchids that haven’t bloomed in almost two years. There are baby bunnies on the hill behind our house. The peach and plum trees are both blooming, and there are flowers everywhere! And weeds. And dust…lots of dust in the house because all of our windows and doors are open to let the warmth in. The dust is from the wind. And with all of that comes my spring allergies, which are out of control this year. And unfortunately, Mia is experiencing the same nightmare.
I’ve been taking an allergy pill and using the neti pot every day for years. But for poor Mia, this suffering is all new. Did you know that allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children 18 and under? Clearly Mia is not alone, and we are a nation of allergy sufferers! But the problem with allergies in children is that it’s often difficult to tell whether your child has a cold or allergies because the symptoms are so similar. I thought that Mia had what was a never-ending cold, so I took her to see the doctor.
Is It A Cold Or Spring Allergies?
So now, like me, Mia is taking allergy medicine daily for her spring allergies (I hope it’s just spring allergies and not year round allergies like I have). But she’s not taking the same kind of medicine for her spring allergies that I am! She’s taking a medicine that was recommended by her doctor as safe to give to a child her age (she’s 5).
Did you know that there’s a common ingredient in allergy medicines called diphenhydramine that is NOT safe to give to children under the age of 6? It’s extremely important that you always read the drug facts label and really understand the ingredients of common over the counter medications to determine they are safe for your child. When in doubt, ask the pharmacist for assistance or call your child’s doctor. Better safe than sorry!
And while many of us joke about giving kids allergy medicine to make them sleepy, because sick kids are grouchy kids, remember that it is NEVER okay to give kids any medicines to make them sleepy. It’s not safe and it’s not okay.
For more information about spring allergies…and allergies and sinus issues in general, visit Know Your OTCs.
I can’t believe that I’ve been partnering with Know Your OTCs for an entire year now! I’m honored that I was able to be an Ambassador for them, and I’m sad that my time with them is up. I’ve learned so much, and I hope the information I’ve shared has been helpful to you as well. Know Your OTCs is a great resource on health information for parents. If you haven’t yet, make sure to visit their website, KnowYourOTCs. I encourage you to check them out because they have a TON of information that all parents need to know. And while you are at it, like them on Facebook and Twitter too!
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