Natural ways to alleviate your child’s allergies

If your child suffers from allergies, they are particularly vulnerable in the fall and winter months to indoor allergens, including dust, mould spores and pet dander. Fortunately, it can be easy to manage symptoms — without having to open the medicine cabinet.

According to a Leger survey commissioned by Philips Canada, 46 percent of parents agree that they feel overwhelmed when managing their child’s airborne allergies. Here are some proven strategies that can help your child breathe and give you peace of mind.

Clean their nostrils

Since breathing is one of the ways allergens enter your body, keeping nostrils clear of pollutants is a great way to prevent your child from having a reaction. Neti pots use sterile or distilled water that is poured up the nose, while saline water can be sprayed in the nostril.

Keep the outside, out

Spending time outdoors increases the chances of allergens attaching themselves to your child’s clothes and skin. Clean up when you get home from outdoor activities by washing hands, showering or putting on clean clothes.

Purify the air

Removing the amount of allergy triggers in the air can reduce the chance that your child has a reaction. Look for a purifier that gives you a visual cue that your air is cleaner. For example, the Philips Series 2000i Connected Air Purifier allows you see the level of allergens and pollutants in your air with a colour-coded ring display and numerical display.