A dog can be a kid’s best friend. But with
pet allergies affecting over ten million Americans, many parents worry about bringing a dog into
the family, or allowing their children to play with other people’s dogs. Even if your
kids stay away from dogs altogether, they can still be exposed to dog allergens. That’s
because the main symptom trigger isn’t fur, it’s shed skin cells, called “dander.”
And dander can be found everywhere — in the air, and even on clothes of family and friends.
If you suspect your child has an allergy to dogs, watch for these symptoms: Frequent sneezing,
runny nose, itchy throat and itchy, watery eyes. With ongoing exposure to dog allergens,
children may develop sinus congestion. The best thing to do is to have your child tested
for pet allergies, and then discuss with your doctor whether adopting a dog or any pet is
a good idea. Also teach your child about their allergy, as well as healthful habits, like
not petting other people’s dogs. Even if your child has allergies, learning how to
manage them can make it easier to open the door to new furry friends. Visit Zyrtec-dot-com
for more tips and tools to manage your child’s allergy symptoms indoors and out.