Look outside. After this long winter, spring is finally here. Don’t let allergies keep your children from enjoying the outdoors. Read on to learn more about seasonal allergies in kids and what you can do to help them enjoy this spring safely.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies in children:
The body releases histamine, a chemical that is produced in response to an allergen, like pollen. It can make kids feel terrible.
Children usually have repetitive sneezing and a runny nose. They can also have nasal congestion, along with itchy or watery eyes, nose or throat. With recurrent allergies, there are more nasal blockages and congestion. Post-nasal drip occurs when mucus drips down the back of their throats.
Remember to keep in mind that these symptoms can vary from child to child.
What can we do to help?
- Antihistamines are typically the first medications used to treat allergies in children. The best time to take them is before bed as allergy symptoms are often worse between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. By taking the medication beforehand it could control their morning symptoms.
Be sure to consult with your pediatrician before giving your child any medications.
- When outdoors be wary of bees. Make sure that you wear shoes when outdoors especially in grassy fields. Also try to avoid wearing bright clothing as that can attract bees. And remember to keep Epi Pens on hand at all times.
- Avoidance is always the best treatment for allergies. So does that mean kids can never play outside? Of course not! You just need to plan ways to minimize exposure. Keep outdoor time scheduled for later in the afternoon and the early evening during the spring season, as grass and weed pollen counts are highest in the morning.
- Create pollen-free zones for your kids, especially in their bedrooms by simply keeping the windows shut. And just like adults, be sure they shower and wash their hair after extended time outdoors or before going to bed.
- Lastly and most importantly, do not try to guess what is causing a child’s symptoms. If your child has recurrent issues of allergy like symptoms such as a runny nose, congestion, eczema, is prone to ear infections, or eyes that are itchy, red or watery, see a specialist. Here at AAPRI we have a certified physician in pediatrics, allergy and immunology on our staff ready to assist you.
Do not wait any longer to help your child find relief. Make an appointment with us today.