Spring has been slowly rolling in for some or has hit pretty hard in specific regions. Your car and outdoor furniture might be completely coated in a yellow dusting of plant pollen. But if you’re lucky, you might see trees and plants just beginning to bud through the ups and downs in temperature. With these weather changes, you might notice a difference in how your child may respond.
The sniffles, sneezing fits, and itchy, teary eyes may seem like a cold at first glance, but it could be seasonal allergies sneaking up on your little one. Since allergies begin during childhood, here are the signs that your kid has seasonal allergies and how to help deal with them.
The primary trait that highlights your child may have seasonal allergies is the chronic timeframe in which they appear. Annual, recurring symptoms that last more than a week or two during certain times of the year is one of the first signs.
Because allergens trigger the immune system, a lot of the traits and actions from your child may mirror hay fever or a cold. In addition to the usual symptoms, you may also notice sneezing, itchy eyes, sniffles, nasal stuffiness and congestion.
However, out of all those symptoms, the other most vital trait to pay attention to is the itchiness of eyes, nose, and throat. Since it’s not a common trait during a cold that narrows it down to allergies. Respiratory problems are another symptom to look out for, such as coughing, wheezing, and other difficulties breathing.
If your child has shown all of the symptoms, no need to be alarmed. It’s time to move forward and deal with the allergies. Here’s what to do next:
- Talk to your child’s doctor – You don’t want to jump ahead and assume seasonal allergies. It could be allergens within the home such as dust, pets, and other substances that have recently triggered your little one. Also, a doctor’s visit gives you a prescription for your child’s needs, and an opportunity to ask plenty of questions.
- Allergy-proof the home – Whether it’s seasonal or house oriented, you can do things that help reduce allergy symptoms. The unfortunate thing about seasonal allergies is that a lot of pollen and irritants can be easily tracked into the home on clothes, shoes, bags, and even into your car. Keeping your area vacuumed, wiped down, dusted, air filters changed, and windows closed until the allergies improve are all vital things to do.
- Limit outside time – If your kid loves to play outside and outdoor allergens are the culprit, it’s time for them to cut back. Even with a clean home and a prescription for their allergies, their symptoms will elevate once they surround themselves with the allergen for unnecessary periods.
- Create an allergy kit – This kit is mostly for on-the-go. Wet wipes are a must to clean any surfaces, hands, or nose to combat irritants. You also want to include tissue for potential nose blowing, sneezing fits, and teary eyes. A saline solution spray that aids in nasal decongestant, dryness, and removing irritants from the nose. Over-the-counter medicine for their allergies just in case their prescription was forgotten that day or to help out another kid. And whatever else you think your child might need during a sudden allergy flare up.
As long as their allergies are under control and check-ups at the doctor’s office track the progression of said allergies, it’ll become another part of life.