BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Does your child develop a “cold” around the same time every year? If so, seasonal allergies may be the true culprit. Seasonal allergies are caused by an immune response to certain substances, such as dust and pollen, that pop up around the springtime.
Allergies in children are fairly common, and symptoms often come on quickly. These generally include:
- Itchy nose or throat
- Nasal congestion and runny nose
There are many ways to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies for your child. To start, you can remove the allergen from their environment by:
- Closing the windows in your home
- Limiting outside time during peak allergy season
- Changing clothes when you come in from outside
- Washing hands
- Dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming around the house
Warm liquids and humidifiers are good for respiratory allergies, while minor skin irritations can be soothed with topical treatments, such as aloe or olive oil. However, if these options are ineffective, you may consider the use of decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal sprays. Just be sure to ask your doctor if you are unsure of the effects those medicines will have on your child.
Generally, allergies are more annoying than dangerous. However, if your child’s allergies don’t respond to any treatment, or if your child develops a fever or trouble breathing, you’ll need to call your pediatrician immediately.
Call your doctor if you have questions about your child’s allergy symptoms.
Information provided by Purohit Pediatric Clinic.