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Your Child and Outdoor Allergies

Kids love to play outside, there are so many adventures to be had! However, sometimes outdoor allergies can strike, which can take away from the fun. Discover these allergy-busting tips to help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms in your child or toddler so they can continue enjoying the great outdoors.

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Different types of pollen peak at varying times of the year. Grass pollen levels tend to be the highest in late spring and summer. If your kids enjoy playing in the yard during these months, make sure you keep the grass cut short. Pollen from grass is easily brought indoors by wind, people and pets, so encourage your children to shower and change clothes when they come inside.

Red and white house behind cherry blossom tree.


Trees pollinate in late winter and early spring. They produce light, dry pollen that can be carried by the wind for miles. Be wary of this when your children are eager to get outside in spring. They may be allergic to more than one type of tree pollen and it’s not always the trees in your yard.

Dandelions blowing in a grass field.


Weeds are a nuisance in more ways than one. They grow like crazy and produce vast amounts of pollen every day. The main weed pollen season is during the late summer and fall. Try to keep your yard weed-free and be on high alert when your kids play in areas with unkempt gardens.

Girl with pink sweater outside of school


It’s important to talk about your child’s seasonal allergies with adults who spend time with them outside the home. This will ensure that caregivers and teachers are aware of any allergy problems and are able to help keep symptoms under control. It’s also a good idea to educate your child about allergies to help them cope. Learn more about how to manage kids’ allergies at school here.

Mother and daughter smiling while gardening outside


Explain your child’s allergies to them in simple terms. Show kids the items and places that will trigger allergies. Create a plan to help them cope with their seasonal allergy symptoms when you aren’t around.

Understanding when certain pollens are peaking and having a better understanding of what’s in the air can help you better manage your child’s allergy symptoms. Using a tool like the ZYRTEC® ALLERGYCAST® app* can help with tracking symptoms to determine when they might be most severe. Over the counter medicine, such as Children’s ZYRTEC®, can also help by providing your child with powerful 24-hour relief that lasts all season long.

*Available for iPhone® and Android™. Standard data rates apply.

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