It's Pollen Season! Please be aware of Allergic Symptoms

Mar 18, 2024
Hay Fever is a common occurrence during this time of year. Please know the signs and symptoms to look out for to keep your child more comfortable.

Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, are common among children and can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms. These allergies typically occur during specific times of the year, like this time, when certain plants release pollen into the air. Symptoms of seasonal allergies in children often include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, fine rash, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, and sometimes even fatigue or irritability. These symptoms can significantly impact a child's quality of life, disrupting sleep, concentration, and overall well-being. 

Treating seasonal allergy symptoms in children involves a combination of preventive measures and medication. You can help minimize your child's exposure to allergens by keeping windows closed during peak pollen seasons, using air purifiers indoors, and avoiding outdoor activities during high pollen counts. Additionally, regularly washing bedding and clothing can help remove pollen that may have been brought indoors. Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids are often used to alleviate symptoms in children. Please contact the office if your child is below two years old and may be having allergic symptoms. 

If you have tried the above treatments for several days and your child is still having severe symptoms, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.  Additionally, if your child has a history of asthma or other underlying respiratory conditions made worse by allergies, and is not currently having an asthma attack, we can review asthma medications or other treatments to manage symptoms effectively. By taking proactive steps to manage seasonal allergies, parents can help their children enjoy a healthier, more comfortable lifestyle, free from the burdensome symptoms of allergic rhinitis.