It is not uncommon for seasonal allergies in children to go overlooked. It may be seen as the common cold, flu, or any other number of problems that would typically resolve within a week.
Learning about seasonal allergies and the associated symptoms is important in helping your child be more comfortable and reducing any serious risks.
Signs of Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergy symptoms may be very similar to those of a common cold. A runny nose, sneezing, and congestion are often present. The main sign is whether or not your child has these symptoms at the same time every year.
If you believe your child may be affected by the changing seasons or weather, you are likely correct. It is quite common for one to be allergic to mold spores or pollen, and sometimes both. These spores and allergens are released into the air at specific times of the year.
More allergens and triggers can include:
- Cold air
- Furry animals
- Air pollution
A difference between typical cold symptoms and allergy symptoms is itchiness. With seasonal allergies, your child may develop an itchy nose and/or itchy, watery eyes.
Other symptoms of allergies include:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Itchy throat
- Red eyes
If you notice your child rubbing their eyes or nose more often than usual, having sneeze fits often, or any other signs, consider reaching out to a professional.
How to Be Certain Your Child Has Seasonal Allergies
While it may be obvious to you that your child has seasonal allergies, a diagnosis from your medical professional can be helpful. Tests can be done to determine a specific allergy, whether it be spores, pollen, or fumes.
Whether or not a test comes back positive is not a sure sign that your child is allergic to a certain irritant. Symptoms must be present for the specific allergen being tested.
Treatment for Seasonal Allergies in Children
There are many remedies for relieving allergy symptoms, and these remedies vary depending on the severity of the allergy.
Medications can be prescribed to children with allergies, such as antihistamines and decongestants. These are commonly only used when the allergy is moderate to severe. If these medications are not helpful, allergy shots may improve your child’s sensitivity to allergens.
Other helpful tips include closing the windows at certain times, washing hands after being outside, and keeping a clean environment. Allergy-proof bedding and clothes can also be purchased to further help your child.
Asthma and Allergies
While allergies and asthma do not always go hand-in-hand, allergies are common among children with asthma. Allergens can be a trigger for asthma attacks, so handling the allergies properly is important.
Those with asthma are more likely to be triggered by allergens, but this does not mean those with allergies have asthma. Knowing and understanding the difference can be crucial in helping your child manage symptoms.
If you suspect your child may have seasonal allergies, contact us to make an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatricians.