Protect your children against Spring allergies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say you should be mindful of your children when it comes to Spring allergies.

Dr. Suthida Kankirawatana says that even toddlers can show signs of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.

"It generally takes two or three seasons to sensitize to seasonal allergens such as pollens. At 2 or 3 years old, they might be able to develop seasonal allergies. However, kids can develop perennial allergies earlier than that, maybe after the first year, to house dust mites, animal dander, mold, etc.," says Kankirawatana.

Children can exhibit the classic symptoms of nasal congestion, drainage, sneezing and nasal itching as a child comes into contact with an allergen. A pediatrician can run test to see what is causing the reaction.

The easiest way to treat allergies is to limit the exposure of the allergen, if possible. After that, there are anti-histamines or the allergy shot.

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