Fighting allergy season: The best nasal spray for kids

Experts say this allergy season is worse than recent years. With the arrival of warm temperatures earlier than usual in most states, those suffering with allergies are paying the price.

“Allergy season kicked in really early for me,” Jenna Rodder said. “Me and my son are battling nasal congestion everyday.”

Many people use nasal sprays to kick nasal congestion, but new research shows children need to be especially careful. Scientists believe Nasonex may be the best answer for children. A poll showed 39% of specialists rated Nasonex as being ‘very appropriate’ for kids.

The side effects of most nasal sprays

According to a recent poll, 91% of specialists surveyed said they considered growth suppression the most important potential side effect associated with nasal steroids. And a similar proportion 88% said the selection of a nasal steroid for a child should be based on its low potential for adverse effects on growth.

Researchers now believe Nasonex is the best choice for children, which does not contain the ingredients believed to harm a child’s growth rate.

Dr Chris Corrigan, Honorary Consultant Physician and Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Academic Department of Respiratory Medicine & Allergy at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s School of Medicine says, “It seems sensible to use a preparation that couples maximum efficacy with minimal side effects, particularly in younger patients.”

Seasonal allergy tips from Mayo Clinic:

Reduce your exposure to allergy triggers

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days — the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove clothes you’ve worn outside
  • Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.

Take extra steps when pollen counts are high:

  • Check your local TV or radio station, your local newspaper, or the Internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels.
  • If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.