Allergy Season and the Risk of Respiratory Infections

Don’t let allergies turn into something more serious!

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It’s that time of year. The weather is lovely, the flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and the tissues are flying? Summer’s around the corner, and Spring is certainly in the air, but so are the allergens.

With all the increased activity in springtime, both from us and in nature, the pollen, mold, dust, dander, and dirt all get stirred up too. This not only exacerbates allergies but can lead to respiratory infections too – unless we take precautions.

So let’s look at why springtime allergies can be a double whammy for your respiratory health.

 

The Allergy Season

Spring through Fall are notorious for their higher pollen counts, which can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and coughing. These symptoms occur when the immune system overreacts to the presence of pollen, releasing chemicals like histamine that cause inflammation and irritation.

 

| According to the CDC 25.7% of adults, and 18.9% of children in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies. |

 

The Link to Respiratory Infections:

One of the lesser-known effects of springtime allergies is their potential to increase the risk of respiratory infections. The inflammation and irritation caused by allergic reactions can weaken the immune system’s ability to defend against viruses and bacteria, making individuals more susceptible to infections like the common cold and flu.

 

Drainage Difficulties:

Another way allergies put you at risk is by creating drainage issues. The constant runny nose and congestion that plague allergy sufferers are your body’s attempt to flush out irritants. However, this constant flow can actually become counterproductive. Mucus can become thick and sticky, making it harder to clear out and potentially trapping pathogens that could lead to infection.

 

What can you do to combat allergies and the risk of a respiratory infection?

 

    • Know Your Triggers: Pollen counts are a big culprit, but mold, dust mites, and even pet dander can trigger allergy symptoms. Identifying your triggers allows you to take specific steps to avoid them. Check the daily pollen count before you decide to spend time outdoors.
    • Medications are Your Friend: Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids can significantly reduce allergy symptoms and inflammation. Consult  your doctor about the best option for you. And if a respiratory infection does develop then there are medications to treat and shorten those infections.
    • Be Proactive: Start taking allergy medication before symptoms even appear. This helps prevent the inflammation that makes you more susceptible to infection.
    • Minimize Exposure: Stay indoors on high pollen count days, keep windows closed, and shower after spending time outdoors.
    • Boost Your Defenses: Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and manage stress – all these factors contribute to a strong immune system
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If you have severe allergies, a higher risk of respiratory infections, or even a weakened  immune system, consider having medications on hand for both mitigating allergic reactions and treating respiratory infections.

Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, and Azithromycin are some of the most common medication for treating respiratory infections. And all 3 are included in every standard Jase Case.

So get yourself a Jase Case for some peace of mind this allergy season!

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Ten Ways Parents Can Improve Their Child’s Health Today

Small changes can make a big difference!

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As parents, there’s nothing we want more than for our children to be healthy and happy. We dream of them skipping through life with boundless energy, tackling new adventures with enthusiasm, and growing into strong, confident individuals. But let’s be honest, between busy schedules, picky eaters, and the allure of screens, fostering healthy habits can feel like an uphill battle.

Luckily, even small changes can make a big difference! By making simple adjustments into your daily routine, you can significantly improve your child’s overall health and well-being.

Below, we’ll explore ten easy-to-implement strategies you can put into practice today to start your child on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Health:

 

1. Encourage Physical Activity:

    • Encourage your child to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This can include activities like running, jumping, dancing, or playing sports.
    • Take family walks or bike rides to make physical activity a fun family routine.
    • Consider enrolling your child in organized sports or activities they enjoy to keep them motivated and engaged.
    • Limit sedentary activities like watching TV or playing video games, and encourage active play instead.

| According to the CDC 20.7% of children ages 6-11 were considered obese in a recent study. |

 

2. Provide Nutritious Meals and Snacks:

    • Offer a variety of foods from all food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products.
    • Involve your child in meal planning and preparation to teach them about healthy food choices.
    • Limit sugary drinks and snacks, and opt for water, milk, or unsweetened beverages instead.
    • Make nutrition a family affair. Encourage healthy eating habits by eating nutritious meals and snacks together as a family.

3. Ensure Proper Hydration:

    • Encourage your child to drink water throughout the day, especially before, during, and after physical activity.
    • Avoid sugary drinks like soda and fruit drinks, as they can contribute to weight gain and dental problems.
    • Let them pick out a reusable water bottle with a fun design for them to take to school or activities to promote hydration throughout the day.

4. Promote Good Hygiene Practices:

    • Teach your child the importance of washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after using the bathroom.
    • Show your child how to properly brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to prevent dental problems.
    • Encourage your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their elbow when they cough or sneeze to prevent the spread of germs.

5. Set Time Aside for Play:

    • Encourage unstructured playtime, as it helps children develop social skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.
    • Provide age-appropriate toys and games that encourage physical activity and imaginative play.
    • Limit electronic device time and encourage outdoor play whenever possible to promote physical activity and exposure to natural light.

6. Foster a Positive Mental Attitude:

    • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and emotions, and provide a supportive environment where they feel safe and valued.
    • Teach your child coping skills to deal with stress and challenges, such as deep breathing, mindfulness, or talking to a trusted adult.
    • Keep a positive attitude and resilience in the face of adversity to teach your child how to handle life’s ups and downs.

| In a study from 2016-2019, 9.4% of children aged 3-17 years had diagnosed anxiety, and 4.4% of the same age group had diagnosed depression. |

 

7. Limit Screen Time:

    • Set limits on the amount of time your child spends in front of screens, including TV, computers, tablets, and smartphones.
    • Encourage screen-free zones and times, such as during meals or before bedtime, to promote better sleep and family interactions.
    • Monitor the content your child is exposed to and engage with them in discussions about what they are watching or playing.

8. Ensure Adequate Sleep:

    • Establish a regular bedtime routine to help your child wind down and prepare for sleep.
    • Create a sleep-friendly environment by keeping the bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
    • Encourage your child to avoid screens at least an hour before bedtime, as the blue light can interfere with sleep.

9. Set a Good Example:

    • Model healthy behaviors, such as eating nutritious meals, being physically active, getting enough sleep, and managing stress effectively.
    • Involve your child in your own health and wellness routines to show them the importance of self-care.
    • Use positive language when talking about your body and health to promote a healthy body image in your child.

10. Schedule Regular Health Check-ups:

    • Ensure your child receives regular check-ups with their pediatrician to monitor their growth, development, and overall health.
    • Stay up-to-date with vaccinations and screenings recommended for your child’s age and health status.
    • Discuss any concerns or questions you have about your child’s health with their healthcare provider to address them promptly.

| 8% of children ages 5-11 missed 11 or more days of school from illness or injury, according to statistical data from the NHIS |

 

Implementing these things on a daily basis lays a good foundation for them becoming habits, leading to lifelong well being for your kids!

We would do anything for our kids, but sometimes all we can do is not enough. With circumstances outside of our control, such as natural disasters or extended power outages, we are at the mercy of the situation. Keep your family prepared, and their health a priority by having a KidCase on hand – just in case.

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