Spring has arrived and it’s time to get outside! Between wanting to get out of the house, and kid’s sports clubs starting up again, it is always a welcome reprieve to step out onto the grass, either as a participant or a spectator, after a winter indoors. The smell of fresh-cut grass and the gentle rays of the sun envelope everyone out on the field. Shortly after the first kick, pitch or throw, however, so do the sounds of coughs and sneezes. The parents of children allergic to environmental triggers might feel the need to pull their kids from the team, but this doesn’t have to be the solution.
While refreshing and staying lighter longer, (even if we are a little bit tired after daylight savings time kicks in) with spring comes allergy season. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. In particular, springtime allergies are an annual nuisance for many people. As plants begin to bloom and neighbors start to cut their grass more frequently, allergy sufferers nationwide start sniffling and sneezing. And typical to the Northwest as things try to dry out, mold growth blooms both indoors and outdoors, making it almost impossible to escape allergy triggers. But don’t let spring allergies bring you down!
There are a few spring allergy alleviation tips we’d like to share to help you reduce your allergies and allergy symptoms. Read on!
- Wash your bedding every week in hot water to help keep pollen under control.
- Wash your hair before going to bed, since pollen can accumulate in your hair.
- Limit the number of throw rugs in your home to reduce dust and mold.
- Wear a mask (we are used to this now) and gloves when cleaning, vacuuming or painting to limit skin exposure and dust and chemical inhalation.
- Vacuum at least twice a week.
- Change air conditioning and heating air filters often.
Spending time outdoors is not only an important part of childhood, but it also helps children to maintain a healthy weight and to work towards a healthy lifestyle. Finding exercise methods that work for little ones can be difficult, but this necessary movement comes naturally when little ones run and play outdoors. Being outside helps the body combat obesity, and the fresh air brings a sense of relaxation and calm to the mind. It’s great for parents too!
If you want to know more about how Momentum Chiropractic can help you and your family maintain your health, please contact us. Together, we are ready to spring into Spring.