Kids Allergy Survival Guide: How To Help Your Kids Handle Their Allergies

Allergies come in all shapes and sizes, from seasonal airborne allergens to food triggers. While more widespread but not as life-threatening, airborne allergens like dust, pet dander, pollen or mold may leave your little one with red itchy eyes, congestion, or trouble breathing if they have asthma. On the other hand, if you have a child with a food allergy or sensitivity, then your main goal is to prevent cross contamination for their safety.


From allergen-free kitchen tools to an anti-allergen technology vacuum, we've rounded up items from Amazon and Walmart that will give parents a hand in protecting their child while they cope with any allergy.

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Linenspa Zippered Encasement Waterproof

Reducing dust mite exposure is a great start in limiting symptoms for your little one. Cover their mattress with this breathable waterproof encasement to protect against dust mites, other allergens, and bugs, too. ($25; amazon.com)

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Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe Vacuum

If your child suffers from asthma or allergies, then you know minimizing dander, dust, pollen and other triggers from your home is a key component in keeping their sniffles and itchy eyes under control. This Shark vacuum, which has over 1,700 reviews on Amazon, checks all the boxes in anti-allergen technology—especially with its HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter traps. "HEPA filters are highly efficient at removing particles 0.3 microns in size and larger," Dr. Rob Darzynkiewicz, Chief Medical Officer of Hazel Health and specialist in pediatrics, says "When you vacuum you raise dust and particles into the air. With a HEPA rated vacuum you capture many of these small particles that can make asthma worse in some patients." ($147; amazon.com)

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Honeywell Bluetooth Smart True HEPA Allergen Remover

If inhaled allergens like dust mites or pollen exacerbates your child's asthma, sneezing or sniffles, get a handle on their symptoms by controlling the air where they sleep. Honeywell's Bluetooth HEPA Allergen Remover is an easy way to monitor your child's bedroom environment. The purifier can connect to any smartphone via Bluetooth and track the pollen count in the room and filter accordingly. "If it can be easily maintained, I would recommend using HEPA portable air filters in children who suffer from allergies." Darzynkiewicz says. "Some studies have shown that allergens are reduced. To do it properly, parents should be cleaning it regularly and using it on a consistent base for best chance of success." ($250; walmart.com)

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LEVOIT LV-PUR131 Air Purifier with True HEPA Filter

It can be a tricky situation if your child is allergic to your cat or dog (because they are family too!). To clear the air of floating hair and dander and minimize their symptoms, opt for a HEPA filter air purifier that can handle cleaning larger rooms—like the living room or basement—where fluffy loves to hangout. ($162; amazon.com)

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Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bags

If your child has a mild to severe food allergy, then you're used to preparing their food separately and storing it securely for school lunches. But, instead of wasting loads of tin foil and saran wrap, Stasher's reusable sandwich bags are the perfect airtight alternative. No need to think twice about lunchbox cubbie mates getting too close to their food. Plus, the bags are also microwavable and dishwasher safe, for safe reheating and thorough cleaning. ($12; amazon.com)

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Purely Elizabeth Grain-Free Superfood Bar

If grains tend to hurt the little bellies in your household, this line of certified gluten-free bars are a great option for filling up the lunchbox. The Purely Elizabeth snacks have no refined sugar—sweetened with coconut sugar instead—and are loaded with protein for a sweet pick-me-up before any after-school activity. ($24 for Chocolate Sea Salt 12 Count; amazon.com)

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Chef'n Ascent Grinder

If your kitchen isn't entirely allergen free— this face-up pepper shaker is great for keeping countertop crumbs or allergens out of your little one's foods. Even a mere speck of bread or your older shaker coming in contact with nuts could trigger a reaction for those with severe allergies. Consider this a safe way to season without the worry. ($30; amazon.com)

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Instant Pot

If you have a child with food allergies, by now you probably have cooking for them down to a science. But for those who don't, cooking for a niece, nephew, or a child's playdate with food allergies can throw you into a tizzy at the fear of cross contamination when food prepping. Using an Instant Pot, however, is an easy way to keep their food safe and contained from allergen-covered pans, ovens and countertops. Plus, all parts of the famous gadget that come in contact with food are dishwasher safe for extensive cleaning. ($120; amazon.com)

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Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

If store-bought baby food doesn't sit well with your infant and you're concerned on potential allergies on the horizon, using a food maker at home in your own kitchen is a great option. You'll know exactly what you're feeding your baby and save money in the process. This Cuisinart maker steams, chops, purees and doubles as a bottle warmer, too. Talk to your doctor about what wholesome meals you should be making. ($88; walmart.com)

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Cali'Flour Gluten-Free Flatbreads 24 Per Pack

Cauliflower has been reinvented in so many ways, and now it's been tricked out into flatbreads. These 5" gluten-free and grain-free flatbreads are a great way to rid refined white flour from your little one's diet, especially if they have gluten sensitivities. Each pack comes with 24 flatbreads clocking in at 50 calories each, so the next time they beg for pizza, consider these a (healthy) way to surprise them with a Margherita pie they can eat. ($48 for 24 flatbreads; amazon.com)

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Bragg Liquid Aminos 16 Oz Pack of 2

Kids love Chinese takeout (teriyaki chicken and fortune cookies please!), but for those little ones who have to steer clear of soy due to allergies, it's pretty hard to dodge the ingredient off a takeout menu. Instead of risking it, coconut aminos is an easy soy sauce alternative to master those same craveworthy recipes right at home instead. You can try blending it into homemade salad dressings, sauces, and dips too. ($12; amazon.com)

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