More Than Just Hugs: Keeping Kids Happy In the Midst of Allergies

Plan Activities for Distraction

Allergy symptoms are no fun; especially for young children. They tend to fixate on things that cause them to be uncomfortable. However, children carry a curious mind and with some proper planning, you can distract them from fixating on their symptoms. Activities like loading up a movie at home help to keep them distracted and keep them well away from any outdoor allergy triggers. 

Dress Them for the Weather

If it’s the middle of allergy season and you want to spare your child from any discomfort, it pays to dress for success. Contact with airborne pollen can be lessened by dressing your child in long sleeved tops and trousers. You may even have them wear gloves or a medical mask for extra security. Explain to your child why these steps are necessary so they’ll feel involved in the process. A child that is taught to take an active role in their own health and safety are better prepared for their lives as independent adults. So in essence, you’re not just helping them for now-you’re also planting good seeds they’ll sow for themselves later on.

A child that is taught to take an active role in their own health and safety are better prepared for their lives as independent adults.

Allergy symptoms that manifest with the seasons can be challenging for children and those who love them. However, with proper planning and well-established protocols, it can be weathered well. Beyond planning and medication, children with allergies can be made happy and comfortable as long as mum and dad are there to help them through it.


Kylee Harris is an educator who has taught in elementary schools in Singapore and Hong Kong for 5 years. She lives in Florida and continues to teach life skills to young adults in her community.

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