The Battle of Seasonal Allergies: Ways to Help Your Child
Summarized by Monica Urquoila, APRN, Certified Lactation Counselor
Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are especially common during the early spring and throughout the fall. Seasonal allergies affect the upper respiratory tract in your child. Classic symptoms include clear, watery nasal congestion, sneezing, and itchy throats, eyes, ears, and noses. Children may also have a dry cough and mild sore throat from the post-nasal drip. Other symptoms less commonly known include dark undereye circles called “allergic shiners,” nose rubbing or wrinkling, fatigue, and headaches.
Seasonal allergies are usually persistent and can last for weeks. Common allergens include pollens, molds, certain grass, and trees. Other conditions associated with seasonal allergies include asthma and eczema, and these usually flare up around the same time.
The good news is that symptoms of seasonal allergies can be treated! The most commonly used treatments include antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Claritin and nasal corticosteroid sprays such as Flonase or Rhinocort. It’s important to note that these medications are not appropriate for all ages, especially children less than 2 years old, so please consult your pediatric provider before administering to a child.
Environmental modifications can also help with seasonal allergies. Allergens stick to soft surfaces and materials, so make sure to wash linens at least once a week. It is recommended to use an allergen proof zip cover over pillows and mattresses. Children should avoid playing in piles of leaves where mold can congregate. Children should change clothes and shower when coming home at the end of the day.
For further questions or concerns about allergies, feel free to make an appointment with us by calling 407-566-9700!
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