It's completely natural to not want to give your child over-the-counter medication in order to treat the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Over-the-counter medication can make your child drowsy, which will make them too sleepy to play outside and experience life. Luckily for you, there are safe and effective remedies that you can turn to. Not only are these remedies natural, they will also help your child feel better so they can enjoy life outside.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works wonders for your health, including helping with symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory, so it will help ease the pressure in your child's sinuses. It also helps to reduce the amount of mucus that is being produced by their sinuses. Apple cider vinegar is also known to help clean out the lymphatic system, making it easier for your child's body to heal from the effects of seasonal allergies.
Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of cool water and have your child drink a glass before each meal. The taste of this remedy is bitter, so add a little honey to taste.
Peppermint tea is another great remedy for your child's allergies and is perfect for the warmer weather because of how refreshing it is. Peppermint is full of anti-inflammatory properties so, like the apple cider vinegar, it will relieve the pressure that is building up in your child's sinuses. The flavonoids in peppermint will also help stop the histamines that the body is producing.
To use this remedy, boil one tablespoon of dried peppermint in eight ounces of water. Once the tea has cooled down, pour it into a glass with some ice cubes. You can add honey or lemon to the tea if your child is not satisfied with the taste.
Walnuts And Apple Cubes
Walnuts and apple cubes are really a dynamic duo when it comes to naturally treating your child's seasonal allergies. Walnuts are high in magnesium, which helps to inhibit the coughing or wheezing that's associated with seasonal allergies. It also promotes your immune system because it's full of vitamin E, which is needed in order to keep your body from the adverse effects of allergens in the air.
Apples complement the walnuts because they are full of quercetin. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Apples also work as a natural bronchodilator, making it easier to breathe. An added bonus to this natural seasonal remedy is that it is delicious so your child will have no problem snacking on it.
Take one cup of chopped walnuts and one apple cut into cubes and mix them together in a plastic snack baggy. Your child can eat this at home or on the go.
It's hard to watch your child suffer through seasonal allergies, especially if you are hesitant to give them over-the-counter allergy medication during the day. Fortunately, by using one of the easy and natural remedies listed above, your child will be back to their natural, adventurous self in no time.
For more information on how to handle allergies or allergy testing, check with an allergist like those at Southern Allergy and Asthma PC.