Those sneezes, watery eyes, stuffy noses and congested passageways are bad enough during the day, but allergy symptoms can get even worse in the evening. To help your child sleep more soundly, try taking the following smart steps:
Block out bedroom triggers. Allergens in your child's room may be making her symptoms even worse. Ban pets from the bedroom, since they can track in pollen. Vacuum and dust regularly. You may also want to consider buying covers for your mattresses and pillows -- they'll protect you against allergens.
Take the right meds. The right over-the-counter medication can help control the symptoms and stuffiness, but be sure to check the packaging for age restrictions. Also be aware that certain products, like decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine, may interrupt sleep when taken right before bedtime. Speak with your health care provider about the best time to administer medications.
Try a saline spray or wash. These products can loosen congestion and help your child breathe a little easier; try using them right before bed.
Add an extra pillow. Elevating his head will ease sinus pressure and encourage drainage.