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Don't let kids' seasonal allergies put a damper on your child's spring sports season! Let the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit by the makers of Children's Claritin® help you make this the best spring yet!

This spring my son started his 5th season of baseball. He was super excited because this is his first season playing in a league that is 100% “kid pitch.” No more help from the coaches if the pitching gets rough.

This spring is also his first season of baseball wearing eyeglasses. We discovered this winter that his vision needed a little help. So I expected there to be an adjustment period as he got used to playing ball while wearing glasses.

What I wasn't expecting was kids seasonal allergies.

I realized something was wrong when my son kept asking the coach to sit out for an inning or two. The players rotate and take turns sitting out innings, but my son was sitting out a lot more than the other players. I finally discovered that it wasn't the glasses that were bothering him, but he was dealing with itchy eyes and a runny nose. The Team Mom kept an eye on him for me in the dugout but after a few games of sitting out a lot, I decided we needed to deal with it.

My husband has seasonal allergies so I'm familiar with some of the general symptoms. But I wasn't sure if my son had a cold or seasonal allergies so I made an appointment with the pediatrician. Then I checked out the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit by the makers of Children's Claritin® to help me learn more about seasonal allergies in kids.

I learned a lot about allergies reading the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit. It's a great resource for moms to know what kinds of questions to ask the pediatrician and what information the pediatrician would find useful. For instance, my son's allergy symptoms get worse at the ballpark and they only started to appear after we started baseball season. The Toolkit includes a downloadable PDF to help you keep track of your child's symptoms, too.

The Toolkit also has suggestions on ways to help manage your child’s seasonal allergy symptoms. Like checking the Toolkit to see what the day's pollen counts are. If the counts are high, then you know to prepare for the potential of allergies and discomfort.

The Toolkit has a great chart comparing the symptoms of a cold verses the symptoms from seasonal allergies. You can also ask your pediatrician for samples of Children’s Claritin® which provides kids with 24 hours of non-drowsy allergy relief.

While I wasn't expecting to deal with seasonal allergies this baseball season, the Smart Allergy Mom™ Toolkit has been a useful resource to help our favorite baseball player get through the season happily!

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