School's out for summer . . . but not for much longer! Soon you'll be standing in line with other parents pushing shopping carts filled with pencils and notebooks.
But parents of allergic children must think beyond the standard school supplies. If you have an allergic child, you must also consider his or her special health needs.
Does your child have everything he or she needs to stay healthy and excel in school?
Recent research shows that hay fever, which peaks between the ages of 14 and 24, often costs students a whole exam grade!
Fortunately, you can help boost those test grades. Whether your child is headed off to kindergarten or college, you can ensure a healthy, happy school year by investing in effective allergy relief products.
Environmental Control & Allergen Avoidance
|Environmental allergies (dust mites, mold, pollen & pet dander) necessitate environmental control products. Environmental control products will help your child avoid the allergens that make him or her sick.
Approximately 80% of allergy sufferers are sensitive to dust mites, and that's why achoo! ALLERGY specializes in allergy relief bedding. The average bed contains millions of dust mites! Make sure your child is comfy, cozy, and allergy-free with the Complete Dust Mite Dorm Bedding Package.
Dust mites often live in laundry, too - and they can easily grow out of control, especially if your child is learning how to do his or her laundry away from home. Luckily, Allergen Wash and de-mite laundry additive will kill dust mites in any water temperature.
Dorm rooms don't have much space for extra appliances, but the following pint-size allergy relief products are perfect for dorm
rooms: The Miele 168 Universal Upright Vacuum cleaner captures 99.99% of all allergens with
its sealed system HEPA filter; it also doubles as a handheld vacuum and easily fits into the smallest dorm room closets. Your kid will be the
coolest (and healthiest) student on campus with the Blueair AirPod air purifier. The
Eva-Dry Petite Dehumidifier quietly removes excess moisture from the air, making survival
impossible for mold and dust mites.
If your child suffers from frequent sinus problems, consider the Narial Neti Pot. As seen on Oprah, this ancient nasal rinse device not only moisturizes nasal passages but also washes away allergens and bacteria. The NeilMed NasaFlo kit includes a neti pot as well as 50 pre-mixed saline packets.
To soothe a stuffy nose, give your child a Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler. To clear up congested sinuses, try Sinol Allergy and Sinus Relief Spray. (Note: We do not recommend Sinol for children under 12 years of age because its main ingredient - capsaicin, derived from hot peppers - may sting at first.)
Anaphylaxis Prevention & Care
Some children have severe allergies that could cause anaphylaxis or even death, and it is imperative that they carry prescribed auto-injectors at all times. The Protectube will protect your child's auto-injector (EpiPen) from moisture and damage, while the Ana-Tote and Ana-Tote Twin provide convenient, rugged carrying cases.
If your child has a food allergy, consider giving him or her a pack of food allergy restaurant cards. These wallet-size cards make it easy to notify restaurant employees of the food allergy, and they also list dangerous ingredients. Food allergy restaurant cards are especially helpful to adolescents and young adults who may be shy when it comes to discussing their allergy.
The Med Ready Puffer Tote was designed for asthma sufferers on the go. This durable, water-resistant
inhaler case includes an interior pocket for emergency medical information. Depending on your child's asthma triggers, you may want to purchase a cold weather mask or chemical sensitivity mask for extra protection.
Finally, remember that the first day of school can be a stressful time for children. You can help by establishing school morning routines before the first day of school, seeing that your child gets plenty of sleep and a nutrious breakfast, and providing everything your child needs to have a healthy, happy school year.
(And you can reduce your back-to-school stress by starting your back-to-school shopping now!)