It can be difficult to know how to handle your child’s allergies when they start getting bad during the fall and winter. This is the time of year that many children are most affected by seasonal allergens like ragweed, mold spores, and pollen from trees, grasses, or weeds. It is important to keep in mind what causes their allergies so you can make sure they stay safe and healthy. Here’s what you need to know about seasonal allergies in children!
Seasonal Allergies in Children – Causes:
Seasonal allergies are caused by allergens in the environment that may trigger an allergic response in children. There is no cure for seasonal allergies so it can be important to manage symptoms and know when it is time for medication or allergy shots.
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies:
The most common symptom associated with seasonal allergies in children is a runny nose, which often leads to coughing as well. Some other symptoms include wheezing, sneezing, eye irritation (e.g., red eyes), sinus pain/pressure, nasal congestion (especially at night), and trouble sleeping because of nighttime breathing difficulties such as snoring or mouth-breathing due to a stuffy nose).
How to Treat Your Child’s Seasonal Allergy Symptoms:
There are a few ways to treat seasonal allergy symptoms in children. These may include over-the-counter medications like antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays which can help open up airways so breathing is easier. There are also prescription-strength treatments that come with side effects such as dry mouth or difficulty working/thinking clearly (e.g., Cetirizine).
Additional things you should know: You should be sure your child has their own pillowcase, if they share a bed, to prevent them from being exposed to allergens on someone else’s pillowcase. Most importantly, it’s important for parents to understand what causes their allergies so they can keep track of any changes happening during this time of year.
What is Allergic Asthma:
Allergic asthma is a type of allergy that leads to an asthmatic attack. When someone has an allergic reaction, their airways become swollen and inflamed. If your child does have allergies that affect their respiratory system,it’s important to know how to recognize the symptoms so they can get treatment as soon as possible.
Symptoms: The most common symptom associated with allergic asthma is wheezing or whistling sounds when breathing in (e.g., sometimes referred to as “air hunger”). Other indicators include shortness of breath, chest tightness/pain, coughing spells that may produce thick mucus from the nose or throat), trouble talking because of narrowing passages, hoarseness/loss of voice due to vocal cord spasms).
What are Risks Associated with Allergic Reactions:
The risks associated with allergic reactions depend on the severity of symptoms. In most cases, an allergy sufferer will only experience mild to moderate effects such as sneezing or a runny nose. However, in other more severe cases, it can lead to asthma attacks and difficulty breathing which may require immediate emergency attention.
What Can You Do as a Parent to Reduce your Child’s Risk of Suffering from Seasonal Allergies or Allergic Asthma:
There are a few things you can do as a parent to reduce the risk of your child developing seasonal allergies or allergic asthma. One way is by making sure they get enough sleep and keep up on their hygiene (e.g., brushing teeth, washing hands). It’s also important that children over the age of two avoid eating honey because this can trigger an unwanted reaction in those who have an allergy to pollen from ragweed, grasses, or weeds. Most of the time, a mild antihistamine can be used during the offending season. If your child is still suffering symptoms from allergies, please bring them in to see their pediatrician. We are here to help your family live its most healthy life.