Story by: Maggie Roetker on March 18, 2019
In Louisville and Southern Indiana, seasonal allergies are a way of life for many. If you’re reluctant to use over-the-counter medication for children’s allergy relief or want to try natural remedies first, here are some ideas from Rachel Alexander, APRN, nurse practitioner and program coordinator with Norton eCare.
Norton eCare providers are available 24/7. Video visits are available for children ages 2 and older.
If your child is really struggling, medications may be necessary.
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“There are multiple over-the-counter medications as well as prescription medications you can try,” Alexander said. “Antihistamines will keep your body from having a reaction to the allergen. These can be found in liquids, pills or even nasal sprays.
“You want to stay away from over-the-counter decongestants, as they are not recommended for children. Consult your child’s medical provider for options.”
If these solutions don’t work, you may want to talk with your child’s medical provider about seeing an allergist for testing.