Seasonal allergies and asthma often pop up in children after the age of three. A seasonal allergy is the body’s allergic response to pollen or other airborne substances known as allergens. While these substances are harmless, the immune system of an allergic child identifies the allergen as harmful and overreacts, producing cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. If symptoms last for longer than two weeks and continue to recur about the same time each year, your child likely has a pollen allergy.
Stop the Sneezing
If you believe your child may have seasonal allergies, a board-certified clinician at RediClinic can diagnose symptoms and provide treatment recommendations. Once you are certain that allergies are the problem, the following tips will help your child get some relief.
- Stay indoors. When possible, keep your child indoors when pollen is at its peak: mid-morning, early evening and on dry, windy days. Monitor the pollen count to know which days will be most problematic.
- Stay cool. During the warm months, keep the windows in your home and car closed and use air conditioning with filters.
- Clean up. After spending time outdoors, your child should bathe or shower and change clothes to remove pollen before going to bed.
- Skip the clothesline. Do not hang clothes outside to dry during pollen season. Laundry hung outside will capture windblown pollen.
Get Relief at RediClinic
If you have a child with allergies that cause discomfort and interfere with day-to-day activities, RediClinic’s trained and qualified clinicians can help you manage symptoms with a customized treatment plan that may include over-the-counter antihistamines and eye drops, prescription nasal sprays and nebulizer breathing treatments.
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