Tips for Parents: Kids’ Spring Health & Allergies

Spring is finally upon us—as long as the weatherman cooperates! The sun comes out, temperatures rise, flowers begin to bloom, the pollen count is high, and the bugs are biting. Here are a few tips to keep your kids happy and healthy this season.

Health & Safety

After being cooped up inside for several long months of winter, everyone is excited to get outside—especially your kids. However, spring isn’t without its dangers and keeping a few things in mind will make this spring safe and enjoyable time for you and your children.

  • Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for kids. Swim lessons are available for kids of ALL ages and could potentially save lives. Regardless, don’t let your kids go unsupervised when playing in or near water.
  • Bugs and their Bites. From the annoying mosquito to the pesky bee, bugs will soon be out in abundance. Repellant sprays most effective at preventing mosquito bites. When dealing with bee stings remember to scrape away the stinger as pulling it out only releases more venom.
  • Sunburn is no fun. Sunscreen is important in protecting kids from dangerous UV rays, particularly when their skin has been hidden away from the sun all winter long and is extra susceptible. When looking for a sunscreen, it is important to find something stating broad-spectrum and a minimum of SPF 50.
  • Get out and Get Active. People develop habits at an early age, so tell your kids to drop the video games. Encourage them to go outside and play catch, take a walk, or go on a bike ride. Getting your kids active now will have an impact on their health and well being for the rest of their lives.


As many parents know from their own experience, allergies can be a menace. However, following a few simple steps can help keep your little one happy and healthy.

  • If you have allergies, odds are your child will as well. Kids don’t inherent there specific allergies from their parents, rather the ability to become allergic.
  • Know the symptoms. Itchy red eyes, sneezing, and clear nasal drainage are common symptoms of an allergy.
  • Medication is available. The same non-drowsy formulas parents rely on to get through the day are often available in children’s strength.
  • Avoid the allergens. Add a HEPA filter to your AC reducing indoor allergens, avoid peek pollen times in the morning, and shower before bed to remove any collections of pollen.