kids and allergies! (a sponsored post) Chime in to win $100 giftcard!!

Hi friends!
Children's Allegra® and BlogHer have asked me to share how I, the mother of children with allergies, have learned over time to distinguish a run-of-the-mill cold from allergies and how using Children's Allegra has helped us to combat the latter! I was compensated for this post but the opinions here are my own.

My kids are 5 and 3 so I've been at this for a few years, I'm hoping that maybe this could help some of you just getting started! :) Of course, I'm not a doctor so if your child is exhibiting severe symptoms or you have general questions, you should consult one.

While we don't know specifically what indoor or outdoor allergens my boys, (mostly Moses but Aaron to some extent), are allergic to, we have learned there are certain times of the year they are more susceptible to the symptoms that plague them.  Spring is prime allergy season for both boys, though Fall brings about another bout of symptoms. Humid Summer and dry Winter air are generally good to us.

Thus, for us, the time of year is the number one sign that they may be suffering from allergies and not a cold!

We can also count on allergies to not bring a fever, stomach issues or bathroom issues.
For us, the most common allergy symptoms are runny noses, "nose twitching" (from it being itchy), and dark eye circles from eye rubbing for Moses.
The great news is that we can live with allergies thanks to Children's Allegra!

As you know, I have boys.  Active boys.  Boys who run and jump, who scream and yell, who play and skip and everything in between...all before 7 a.m.  There aren't many moments outside of sleep where my boys are still. The only things that slow them down are allergies and illness.  It stinks to see their pep stolen by runny, itchy noses and eyes. They aren't in real school yet, but there are definitely days where their allergies get in the way of what they may have wanted to do.  I'm sure if they were in school, bothersome symptoms could have a drastic effect on their grades and overall performance. I see them get distracted, irritated, and lethargic when their allergy symptoms are bothering them the most.

Allergies definitely affect their sleep, too...runny noses equal lots of sniffling, coughing and nose-wiping in my house. Restless nights don't stop them, but they sure slow them down.
They love life, and I want to do anything I can to help them continue on with their joyful life as normal! Kids are only kids once. I don’t want to let allergies rob them of it.
Children’s Allegra relieves kids' toughest symptoms (runny nose, itchy watery eyes, and itchy nose and throat), and does so safely (of course, read all the Drug Facts on the label before using to make sure it's a fit for your child). As their mom I want to be sure that what I'm giving my boys is safe for their growing bodies! It also makes me glad that not only is Children's Allegra effective, but it's also long-lasting (one dose lasts a full 12 hours), and non-drowsy. Right now you can get a coupon to try Children's Allegra for your child.
Thanks to children's allergy products like Children's Allegra , my boys are given a chance to get back in the game, forget about their allergies and worry about important things like climbing trees and building forts.
By providing 12 hours of relief, Children's Allegra helps them to get through the day whether it includes preschool, play dates, or sports. It helps them do the things they love and allows them to get a good night's rest, too!

It's safe and effective at relieving a wide range of symptoms. Children's Allegra helps to tame the itchy eyes and noses, so their worst symptoms fall into the background of their day.
It's definitely a tool I am grateful to have at my disposal. More than anything I want my kids to just be kids and not worry about how they are feeling or if their noses are annoying them.

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What do YOU do to manage your children's allergies?
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