Allergy suffers are always the first to know when spring has arrived.  The itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, all around crappy feeling of seasonal allergies is never fun.  But most especially not fun for babies and toddlers who suffer from dreaded seasonal allergies.  As parents we want to make our little ones feel better.  We want to do something to make the runny nose, itchy eyes and all around yucky feeling go away, but when you have a child that suffers from seasonal allergies that isn’t always easy to do.

For the most part seasonal allergies (hay fever) do not set in for kids until they are 3 years old or older, however, some toddlers and even some babies will begin exhibiting signs of suffering from seasonal allergies much earlier than that.  A lot of the time parents don’t know if their child has allergies or is just sick with the common cold since the symptoms are so similar.  There are a few ways to tell if the stuffy, runny nose your child seems to continuously have is caused from the pollen in the air or just a common cold bug.

It is likely allergies IF:

  • The mucus is thin and clear and doesn’t change to a thicker, more yellow colored mucus.
  • The stuffy, runny nose last more than a week or so.
  • There is no fever associated with the symptoms.
  • Your child has itchy, watery eyes.
  • The symptoms are worse in the early morning hours or after an extend stint of playing outside.
  • Your child has dark circles under their eyes even when fully rested.
  • Your child is wiping at his or her eyes and nose frequently.

If you suspect that your child may be suffering seasonal allergies you should make an appointment with their doctor to get them checked out, tested and on the path to relief.  The doctor will either do the allergy testing themselves or refer you to an allergist for full testing.  The testing will determine what allergens trigger your child’s symptoms and from there the doctor can recommend a course of action to give your child some relief.

Common treatment for seasonal allergies in children include:

  • Avoiding outside play during peak pollen time, the early morning hours of about 5am – 10am.
  • Washing your child’s clothes, blankets, etc frequently.
  • Keeping your home well dusted.
  • Using the air conditioner instead of opening windows whenever pollen counts are high.
  • Getting rid of any offending plants or trees from your own yard if possible.
  • Use of an antihistamine, either over the counter or prescription, as recommended by your child’s doctor.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s symptoms be sure to contact your child’s doctor to discuss those concerns and determine if your child is indeed suffering from seasonal allergies.

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