Controlling Nasal Allergies in Kids continued...
If these suggestions seem like more than you can handle, remember that even small steps can help. Babies and toddlers with nasal allergies can handle some exposure to an allergen without symptoms. It's only once the allergens reach a certain concentration that the allergic response kicks in.
In the same way, a kid with nasal allergies might only have symptoms after exposure to multiple allergens, says Bock.
"Allergies are additive," Bock tells WebMD. "It's not always just a pollen or just a food." For instance, a child with an egg allergy might find that it only flares up during ragweed season. It can take a combination of exposures to push the body into an allergic reaction.
Your goal doesn't need to be an allergen-free home. Making a few sensible changes and reducing your child's overall exposure may be enough to stop the symptoms.
Coping With Nasal Allergies in Kids
Trying to get a handle on your baby or toddler's nasal allergies can be frustrating. Try not to get overwhelmed.
"It's really important that parents don't feel like they’re in this alone," Bock says. Instead, you need to work together with your child's pediatrician or allergist.
"You might not get the answer to your child's allergy symptoms right away," Bock tells WebMD. "But together you and a doctor can chip away at the problem." In time, you'll find the right approach -- and everyone will breathe a little easier.