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We go on road trips a lot. Every time our kids are out of school for some sort of vacation we try to find somewhere new to go. During the Spring and Summertime it’s a given that we will travel to a new state, visit another National Park, or explore an area we haven’t been to before. We’ve gotten used to what needs to be packed, what foods to bring, what entertainment the kids need to keep them busy for the eight or so hour trip, but another thing we’ve learned is we need to prepare for the onset of allergies! They are no fun. After a trip or two without any sort of relief (and a pretty miserable child) we found some seasonal allergy relief for kids when you’re on vacation. We never leave home without it now.
This is my middle love. She LOVES the outdoors but unfortunately those pesky allergies make her suffer when she’s around the blooming flowers, and new growth in the Spring and Summertime. She is the first one who gets really excited when we are planning a new adventure somewhere, but also knew that may come with watering eyes, and a runny nose. No fun when you’re running around somewhere beautiful like this or on a long hike. Needless to say it always slowed her down a bit (unlike her sisters who don’t suffer from allergies) and since I haven’t had much experience with it myself I was kinda’ at a loss when we first began traveling as to how to help her. My husband has many of the same symptoms when out riding his bike during certain times of the year and Claritin® helps him quite a bit so we thought we’d give Children’s Claritin® a whirl to see if we could find some sort of seasonal allergy relief for her as well.
At first I wanted to make sure she wasn’t just suffering from a cold, and you can use resources online like this Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit by the makers of Children’s Claritin® to find resources and tools to help manage your child’s allergies.
It gave me additional information regarding:
- A better understanding of how to manage allergies in children + an allergy forecaster to track the pollen count in my area
- Some differences between an allergy and a cold
- Questions to help make sure I was asking the right questions when visiting the pediatrician- who confirmed that she has seasonal allergies.
- Tips on minimizing outdoor and indoor year-round allergies
I could tell her systems were exacerbated when we were outside and the seasons changed, that was apparent. It didn’t seem as though she was suffering from indoor allergies but just to be safe we added an air purifier to her room. On the website, they explain different causes of indoor and outdoor allergies, and I had no idea dust mites can exacerbate things. I will have to keep on top of steam cleaning the mattresses and carpeting in my car to help minimize those issues.
As far as her outdoor allergies, I can now track the pollen count on the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit online and try to plan our activities on days that are a bit lower.
Claritin® provides 24-hour, non-drowsy allergy relief *Among Oral OTC Children’s Brands which is great when you’re on the road and busy all day because there is no need to think about or remember when her last dose was. Especially helpful on vacation!
Finding some seasonal allergy relief has not only helped her tremendously, but enabled all of us get out more as a family and explore new places without anything holding us back. Time for a new adventure!
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