Seasonal Allergy Relief: Do You Know About The Treatment Options?

Updated May 2017

Seasonal Allergies & Symptoms

Dealing with allergy symptoms?  Read below as we discuss the specific allergy seasons, symptoms, testing options and possible treatments.

What are the allergy seasons?

  • End of Feb-May: Tree pollen
  • May-July: Grass pollen
  • Late July-early August (until the first frost): Ragweed pollens

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include 

  • Itchy and watery eyes and nose
  • Sneezing and nasal congestion
  • Itching in the mouth, ears, and skin 
  • Hives and flares of eczema (patches of itching and irritated skin) 
  • Asthma symptoms 
  • Feeling tired, foggy and irritable 

Symptoms will flare with exposure to the allergen that you are sensitive to.

Allergy Testing & Treatment Options

Fever Advice: What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever

Do you know what you should do when your child has a fever?

We share tips on ways to lower your child’s temperature, medication amounts, and when to call a doctor.

What temperature is considered a fever?

A fever is any temperature 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.

What should I do to treat my child’s fever? 

If your child is older than 6 months and has a fever, you do not need to treat it unless he/she is uncomfortable. 

If your child is drinking, eating, sleeping normally, and is able to play, you should wait to see if the fever improves by itself. 

To help lower your child’s temperature, you can 

  • Keep her room comfortably cool
  • Dress her in light clothing
  • Encourage her to drink fluids such as water, diluted juices, or a store-bought electrolyte solution

Call your child's doctor right away if your child has a fever and

  • Looks very ill, is unusually drowsy, is very fussy, or has a seizure.
  • Has other symptoms, such as a stiff neck, headache, sore throat, ear pain, an unexplained rash, or repeated vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Is younger than 3 months (12 weeks) and has a temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher.
  • Fever rises above 104°F (40°C) repeatedly for a child of any age.

How much medicine should I give my child for a fever? 

Use the following guide to give your child the correct dose of medicine.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin) are safe and effective medicines if used as directed for improving your child's comfort. If you have questions,or if your child is under 2 years of age, call your child’s doctor to ask about proper dosage. 

Important: DO NOT use aspirin to treat your child's fever. 

Aspirin has been linked with side effects such as an upset stomach, intestinal bleeding and, most seriously, Reye syndrome.

Children’s Motrin (IBUPROFEN) 100MG/5ML

12-17 Lbs.  GIVE 2.5 ML OR 1/2 TSP

18-23 Lbs. GIVE 4 ML OR 3/4 TSP

24-35 Lbs.  OR 2-3 yrs. GIVE 5 ML OR 1 TSP

36-47 Lbs.  OR 4-5 yrs. GIVE 7.5 ML OR 1 1/2 TSP

48-49 Lbs. OR 6-8 yrs. GIVE 10 ML OR 2 TSP

60-71 Lbs. OR 9-10 yrs. GIVE 12.5 ML OR 2 1/2 TSP

72-85 Lbs.  OR 11 yrs. GIVE 15 ML OR 3 TSP

Or view the full Children’s Motrin Dosing Chart or Infants’ Motrin Dosing Chart.

Children’s Tylenol (ACETAMINOPHEN) 160 MG/5ML

12-17 Lbs. GIVE 2.5 ML

18-23 Lbs. GIVE 3.75 ML

24-35 Lbs.  OR 2-3 yrs. GIVE 5ML OR 1TSP

36-47 Lbs.  OR 4-5 yrs. GIVE 7.5 ML OR 1 1/2 TSP

48-59 Lbs.  OR 6-8 yrs. GIVE 10 ML OR 2 TSP

60-71 Lbs.  OR 9-10 yrs. GIVE 12.5 ML OR 2 1/2 TSP

72-95 Lbs.  OR 11+ yrs. GIVE 15 ML OR 3 TSP

Or view the full Tylenol Dosage Chart for Infants and Children 

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DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

5 Steps to Easy, Gluten-Free Dining

Do you know what’s allowed and what’s not allowed when you're on a gluten-free diet? 

A gluten-free diet is the treatment for celiac disease. Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you have celiac disease you probably have a general understanding of what’s OK to eat and what you should avoid. 

That is, until you go to a restaurant.  

Restaurants are getting better at offering gluten-free options (some even have gluten-free menus). But, if there isn't a specific menu, we wanted to share these tips to help make dining out gluten-free easier and less stressful. 

If you (or someone in your family) is just starting a gluten-free diet, it’s a good idea to consult a dietitian who can answer your questions and offer advice about how to avoid gluten while still eating a healthy, balanced diet. 

5 Steps to Easy, Gluten-Free Dining 

Asthma Basics: What You Need to Know

Asthma Basics: What You Need to Know

General Asthma information

  • The number of people with asthma continues to grow
  • One in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the U.S. population) had asthma in 2009 compares with 1 in 14 (about 20 million or 7%) in 2001
  • More than half (59%) of children and one-third (33%) of adults who had an asthma attack missed school or work because of asthma in 2008
  • On average in 2008, children missed 4 days of school and adults missed 5 days of work because of asthma.
  • Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007

Get Moving for National Physical Fitness Month!

Are you getting enough physical activity? 

How about your family? Do you know the suggested daily amount of activity? 

If you’re an adult, you should be incorporating at least 30 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine.For children that time is doubled to 60 minutes. 

Why is Being Active Important? 

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition shares that 

Regular physical activity can produce long-term benefits, such as helping 

  • Prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke
  • Control weight
  • Promote strong bone, muscle and joint development
  • Improve sleep 

When you’re not physically active, you are more at risk for

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease

But how do you squeeze that activity into an already packed schedule? 

We’ve gathered some tips for each group below to help you get moving for national physical fitness month.