00:46 - Check history of allergies in the family
01:27 - Determine whether it is seasonal allergy or not
02:38 - Alleviating symptoms of allergies
03:06 - Administering medications
03:54 - Home remedies I recommend
04:59 - Helpful tip and you don't need to spend anything
Hey, everybody. Harper Jones with Bow-Tiger and you are watching Saturdays with Harper. And I can tell you guys that spring has official sprang. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, it's beautiful outside and a couple of video blogs, or maybe one or two video blogs ago, we did discuss going outside with your kids and making sure that they're sunscreened up, and that their skin is just really, really protected from those harsh rays.
Well, there is another culprit to be outside quite a bit, especially in the spring, and that is seasonal allergies. So I thought that we'd touch a little bit on that subject today, just discuss some different ways that you can determine if your child suffers from seasonal allergies. And then also, some ways to alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
Now, the first thing that you want to think about when you're wondering if your child has allergies or not of any kind is, is there a family history of these allergies? If you, really or your mother, or your husband, or your husband's father, like myself, actually unfortunately, suffer from seasonal allergies, it is very, very likely that your daughter or son will as well, just like my daughter. Also, this is not just seasonal allergies. If anybody suffers from a pet allergy or a food allergy, you want to kind of be on high alert for these things with your kids as well because it's very likely that they'll kind of inherit that allergy as well unfortunately.
So back to the seasonal allergies though. How can we determine if it's seasonal allergies and not something else? A lot of the time for seasonal allergies, if there's a high pollen in count, one, the symptoms will be a lot worse. The symptoms like congestion, watery, itchy eyes, a lot of coughing, but a very dry cough, these are all symptoms of seasonal allergies. Another thing that kind of makes it a little difficult to determine is ear infections and kids that get ear infections are most likely suffering from seasonal allergies as well. But only so long as these symptoms only occur during allergy season, during the seasonal allergy season which is typically spring and summer, and also you want to make sure that any of these symptoms are never in addition to a fever. If your child has a fever, you want to make sure that you reach out to your pediatrician as quickly as possible because if they're suffering from all of these symptoms in addition to a fever, it's likely something other than seasonal allergies. And hopefully, it's just a small cold that will pass quickly, but you want to make sure that you stay on top of it nonetheless.
Okay. So, how can we alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies? We cannot completely get rid of seasonal allergies. It's just not possible. So how do alleviate the symptoms? Now, first of all, I am one of those in-between moms. I'm not the mom who has to go to the pharmacy every time my child is sick and I'm not the mom who stays at home and tries to use all the home remedies. I really try to use a mix of the two to make sure that my child is as comfortable as possible.
So I have found two medications and we're going to start with pharmacy first. I found two medications that I really, really like to alleviate her symptoms, and that is Claritin, the kid's version, of course, and Flonase. Now, I have to say that Flonase for congestion works the best. It really breaks up the congestion super fast. But the way you have to administer Flonase, which of course, is through the nose, is not the most liked by most children. I would say that Claritin is probably a bit easier. It's once a day, it's provided in just a chewable format, and it actually tastes good to them. So they don't mind taking it. But I do really, really like Flonase for the fact that it really alleviates symptoms quickly. So although we have a 5-minute tantrum over having to take it, once it's taken, within 20, 30 minutes, my child's feeling great.