How to Save Money When Your Kids Have Allergies

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How to Save Money When Your Children Have Allergies

Saving Money When Your Kids Have Allergies

Allergies are annoying, and as a parent, wiping snotty noses and comforting red-eyed, teary toddlers can be challenging enough. Add to that the high cost of allergy medication and allergy prevention products and you’re in for a season of unwanted spending.

If you, your kid, or another loved one suffers from allergies, this is the list of money-saving tips you need to read.

Stop! Before we continue…

Please note that these tips are only intended for mild allergic reactions. You know: your run-of-the-mill stingy eyes and runny noses. Serious allergic reactions, like anaphylactic shock, must be treated as soon as possible by medical professionals. If you or your child is having a severe allergic reaction, go to the emergency room right away.

Allergy Tips

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at ways you can avoid allergy triggers and combat symptoms.

  1. Choose the right antihistamine.

When things get bad, many people take antihistamines. Some people even need prescribed allergy medication for severe symptoms. The prices of all these meds can add up, especially if you have multiple kids and live in the USA, where drug price regulations tend to be more lax than in other countries. To get around this, many Americans have found discounted drugs online from international and Canadian pharmacies. Rx Connected and Canadian Med Center, both Canadian pharmacy referral services, offer popular allergy medications like Optivar and Clarinex at lower prices. Choosing generic over brand-name when it comes to drugs is also a good rule of thumb; the two are, by law, the same thing.

There are two main types of antihistamines. Benadryl is a popular first-generation antihistamine, but it can cause excessive drowsiness, making it a hazard during activities like driving. However, if allergies are getting in the way of your child’s sleep, it may be a good bedtime choice. The popular alternative is Claritin, a second-generation antihistamine that doesn’t cause sleepiness.

  1. Clean up.

If your allergy triggers are dust mites, mold spores, or pet dander, it’s time to clean the house. Clean textiles like cushions, stuffed toys, and upholstery often, and avoid dry-dusting surfaces because this can cause allergens to permeate the air. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not pet fur that causes allergies but dander, saliva, and urine. Wash and groom your pets regularly to reduce critter-triggered allergies, and try to groom them outdoors to avoid circulating allergens indoors.

  1. Protect yourself.

If you or your kids are allergic to insects, make sure to protect yourself when you go out. Remember to apply bug spray and dress in long-sleeved shirts and long pants. If it’s too hot to wear long sleeves, or if fancy long-sleeved breathable fabric is out of your budget, avoid being outside during dawn and dusk, when bugs are most active. Throughout the day, do your best to avoid flowering plants, stagnant water, and leaving food out that may attract bugs.

Wearing protection is also an effective way to prevent eye allergy symptoms; simply pop on a hat and put on some shades.

  1. Make homemade alternatives.

If buying extra allergy-defense-equipment is not within your budget, you can make homemade alternatives. You may also be able to find recipes for homemade bug repellents on the web that others have claimed are useful, but do your research to make sure your family is safe.

If your child has food allergies, you can make allergy-friendly homemade play-dough – there’s a version you can eat too!

  1. Avoid the allergy.

The most cost-effective way to treat allergies is, well, getting rid of what triggers the allergy in the first place. For example, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, pollen allergies are often caused by certain plants, with ragweed, sagebrush, and trees like birch and oak being chief culprits. Your local weather network may share pollen count stats, so when the pollen count is high, consider keeping your kids inside and your windows closed. Also, avoid prolonged close contact with pets that have been outside.

  1. Consider investing in immunotherapy.

While it has an upfront cost, investing in an allergy shot (or immunotherapy) may be a good long-term investment to avoid a lifetime of irritation. During immunotherapy, you are injected with gradually-increasing doses of an allergen, stimulating your body’s natural immune system to slowly build tolerance against the allergen. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, this treatment has been shown to be effective, and adverse reactions are rare.

  1. Teach your kids to be aware of their triggers and surroundings.

This is especially helpful for families that love spending time outdoors. Playing outside is good for you, so don’t give it up! Instead, learn how to recognize triggers and avoid them. Online, the AAAI website offers interactive, educational tools to help kids learn to identify outdoor allergy triggers and bugs.

Allergies can be a pain both literally and figuratively, but with a little extra prep work, there are smart, low-cost ways to deal with them. These ideas can be helpful in relieving symptoms in the moment. You should also try building them as a habit; you may just notice long-term benefits.

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