What Is That Yellow Stuff? (Welcome to Allergy Season!)

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Pollen!

The yellow stuff on my car, the backyard toys, and basically every surface in the house when the windows are open is hurting my 5-year-old. I have never seen someone use as many tissues as my 5-year-old suffering from seasonal allergies. And to top it off, this is something new!

I started noticing how frequently he was asking for the tissues. And each morning it seemed like he was sneezing five times before even making it to the bathroom. (And let me tell you, those were not pretty sneezes.) Now that we were home together all the time, I realized how much this was affecting him each day — I could actually see how many tissues were left around, hardly ever making it to the trash. One day, I counted 33 tissues!

My husband was also waking up sneezing, blowing his nose, and itching his eyes. So, it had to be seasonal allergies and would clear up quickly. 

Then, BAM, before we knew it, my 5-year-old boy woke up with a bloody nose I will never forget. As a child, I had bloody noses, so I knew immediately to pinch the bridge of his nose and wait for it to stop. Which, it eventually did. Unfortunately for us, he had snuck into our bed in the middle of the night, and now our white comforter was spotted red. Once the bloody nose stopped, he seemed to be doing fine. Some sneezes, but not bad. 

Then, later that afternoon, BAM, his eyes were bloodshot and itchy. His face was getting swollen. I immediately reached for the Benadryl and cold cloths for his eyes. He was so uncomfortable and itchy. It was heartbreaking to see him like this. This time, I needed more information, so I made a call to the pediatrician. She was very informative and gave some great tips:

  • Zyrtec in the morning (to replace our previously purchased Claritin)
  • Eye drops twice a day
  • Nightly showers
  • Change clothes when coming in from outside

We immediately started this regimen, we closed our windows, and we actually spent two full days inside. The sneezing and constant nose blowing stopped after those two days, so we began to limit our outside time and, even then, hosed down all the toys and play area in the backyard to minimize the pollen exposure.

It has been about two weeks since the first flare-up, and with our new daily routine, I am happy to report that the use of tissues, the bloody noses, and the itchy red eyes have minimized. There are still some nights when we are proactive and give him a dose of Benadryl, but, for the most part, his allergies have calmed down. 

I am hopeful this pollen season is coming to an end — and that we’ll soon be enjoying our days outside!

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Krystal Avila
Krystal is a Massachusetts native, who grew up in the burbs and is now loving the city life in Roslindale with her husband and 2 boys (3 and 1.) She and her husband met 8 years ago downtown working at a restaurant together, and since then, their love of restaurants has kept their date nights exciting, trying out the latest places. Learning Spanish has been something Krystal has loved to do ever since middle school and that has become her passion as a Spanish teacher in Boston, wife to a Salvadoran, and mother raising her children bilingual. Loves: family, friends, playing with her kids, a comfy hoodie on the beach when the sun goes down, nachos, baking, ABC Family movies, Christmas time. Not so much: loud music, putting away laundry, terrible threes (whoever said it was twos, was wrong), and black pepper.

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