Spring and I have a complicated relationship. Because allergens.
My eyes, ears, nose and throat hate me this time of year, and refuse to do anything other than itch, run and generally enable me to pop antihistamines like they’re candy. Which of course, results in all the narcoleptic napping.
Heavy, heavy sigh.
I’m basically allergic to everything on God’s green earth, which means enjoying Midwestern springtime with its living carpets of wildflowers, clear blue skies, and sun-warmed breezes from the comfort of the air-conditioned, HEPA-filtered indoors.
My kids ended up with terrible seasonal allergies too (apparently, natural selection couldn’t choose traits that exclude rubbing all the things while sniffling and sneezing and making disgusting throat sounds), and have been struggling with their fair share of itchy, watery everything. My daughter spent about two weeks looking like a weed-smoking prize fighter (who lost), while my son mastered new and exciting ways to scratch the back of his throat with his tongue (it sounds like a dog vomiting), despite my obsessive Allergy Tracker checking.
Yet, that doesn’t stop them from wanting to wiggle their bare toes in the fresh grass, make flower chains and run around like crazy people while catching lightning bugs. I can’t really blame them. Living in Chicago means being stuck inside at least six months out of the year while extreme temps threaten to deep freeze necessary extremities, so once things warm up, they want nothing more than to be outside from sun up until sun down.
This year, however, I think we’re better prepared to face Spring’s pollen and mold arsenal with help from CVS. The neighborhood fixture-turned-immune system saver asked me to come up with a creative way to help parents treat their kids’ seasonal allergies, which led me to create this compact allergy kit kids can easily take with them wherever they go.
It takes mere minutes to put together, and can be customized for any kid. What’s more, it’s an easy way to help kids take control of their seasonal allergy solutions while heading off on all those warm-weather adventures – camps, sleepovers, walkabouts – they have planned.
I went with all CVS brand products (save one) for this particular project (complete list below), and was surprised to find that they’re comparable to leading brands at a savings. (We all know OTC medications can be insane spendy.) Active ingredients are listed on each product so you can see how well they stack up to their name brand equivalents, and just in case you’re not satisfied with a product’s performance, CVS offers a money-back guarantee with receipt.
- CVS Children’s Rapid Melt Allergy Tablets
- CVS Cortisone Anti-Itch Cream Maximum Strength
- CVS Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops
- individual pocket packs of Total Home by CVS facial tissue
- Vaseline Lip Therapy Balm in Original
- CVS Marvel Avengers Sterile Bandages
- CVS Hand Sanitizing Spray Pens 3-Pack
Be sure to include any prescribed auto-injectors your child might need in case of an emergency, along with an identification tag listing any medical alert-type information. You can tape this to the bottom of the container so it’s not visible for privacy, or attach it to the inside top of the lid so it can’t be missed. Don’t forget to include a contact name and number should the need arise.
How do you deal with gnarly seasonal allergies at your house?
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Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the #CVShealthyspring campaign, and am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out DGOE’s full disclosure policy here.