Help with Hay Fever: Dealing with Warm Season Allergies in Kids

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The most common allergens in Spring and Summer are pollen and mold that pop up this time of year.  Allergic response occurs when the immune system overreacts to something, in this case, in the environment. Mold typically only occurs in areas that get cold enough to accumulate fallen leaves towards the end of summer, but it may still pop up, especially considering the high amount of rain the bay area is projected to receive this spring, with over a week total of rainfall for Sonoma during March, and another week following in April. It’s good for the vineyards, but less so for noses. When it comes to pollen, it is the biggest culprit, no matter where you are. This can be bothersome with all of the fun activities your kids want to partake in outdoors. To make sure your children stay comfortable, even with allergies out and about, take just a couple of simple measures.



Efficacy of OTC Antihistamines

One measure of precaution you can take might be the most glaring, but may not have your seal of approval just yet: over the counter medication. Perhaps you’re used to the days where allergy medication meant being drowsy, or you’re just not sure how safe and effective they are. Antihistamines are now widely available and affordable in varieties that don’t cause any tiredness, and doctors support the use of these OTC allergy fighters in children as well as adults. No matter what your child is allergic to, an antihistamine medication can provide them with relief. Of course, always talk to a doctor when it comes to severe allergic reactions, and make sure to take note and let your pediatrician know of your kiddo’s seasonal allergies and the medication they are taking.


Non-Medicated Relief

While medication is the best means of preventing uncomfortable symptoms from allergies, sometimes they ‘Spring’ up on you before you know it. If your child is dealing with discomfort from outdoor allergies, there are a couple of things you can do to help. First, get them into the bath ASAP to wash off any pollen that may be clinging to them or their clothes. Once they’re all clean, help them rinse their eyes with cool water (no soap!). Finally, provide them with a cool compress to put over their eyes to help with itchiness and irritation that commonly occurs. It’s also a good idea to keep the air conditioning running in some capacity throughout the season, as it helps to keep pollen from inside the house and reduces the lingering of allergic reactions.



Severe Reactions

Typical allergic reactions include itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and sometimes sneezing. However, if your child has a health condition that affects their respiratory system, these symptoms may cause more than just discomfort. When spring time rolls around, keep as much of the symptoms at bay with an antihistamine, and make sure your child is complying with any other medications they typically take. It’s also extremely important to make sure they have their emergency inhaler if they are prescribed one. Finally, if the reaction continues beyond your ability to help, take a visit to the doctor. Make sure you go over what symptoms your child has experienced, and what medications you’ve tried (there are different varieties of antihistamines).

Spring and Summer are often the most-awaited times of the year, especially for kids. Encourage your kids- nay, your whole family- to get outside and enjoy the seasons. Just take a little time to be prepared for any allergies, so they can enjoy it. You don’t want hay fever with their spring fever.




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