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Spring Allergies

How To Deal With Spring Allergies in Children

Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever are usually common in spring among children between the ages of 2 to 5 years. Allergies can make a child’s life miserable as they struggle to overcome the symptoms.

Never give any medication to your child without proper consultation with a pediatrician. Make an appointment at Pediatric Partners to find out how to deal with spring allergies in your child.

In this article we are going to discuss some of the more common signs of allergies and how to deal with them.

Signs Of Spring Allergies:

•    Lingering congestion and running nose which refuses to clear up even after a week.
•    Congestion accompanied by watery and itchy eyes.
•    Spring allergies are usually not accompanied by fever, which means that your child will typically not have high temperature or body ache accompanying the cold. This is one of the more distinctive symptoms of allergies.
•    Rashes might appear anywhere on the kid’s body.
•    Hay fever can lead to ear infection.
•    The allergy symptoms get worse in times of high pollen count.

Tips For Dealing With Spring Allergies In Children

1.    Never try to determine the cause of the allergy- it’s always better to leave the diagnosis in the hands of your child’s pediatrician. However, it’s a good idea to keep track of the history of asthma and allergies in your family history.

2.    There are many over the counter medications which would help you suppress the
symptoms. You will find various non-sedative antihistamine tablets such as Allegra, Claritin etc. which are available in children’s formulation. They work great for curbing symptoms such as itching and sneezing. However these medications don’t address the problem of congestion. Nasal sprays are very effective for dealing with congestion.

3.    Ideally you need to give these medications to your child all through the pollen season even after complete recuperation. Your child should have the meds at bedtime and not in the morning.

4.    One of the best ways of sustained allergy relief is by avoiding exposure to pollen. Though avoiding pollens is difficult in spring when it’s wafting in the air, you can always ensure minimal exposure. Most weed and grass pollens tend to peak in the early hours, therefore schedule the playtime of your kids in the evening. Try keeping a pollen free corner in the bedroom of your child and buy shades for protecting the eyes of your child from pollen. Installing a HEPA filter on your air conditioning unit would help to control the indoor pollen.

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