As the leaves swirl and weed pollen proliferates, fall allergies may begin to surface. Fall is prime allergy season for kids as well as adults, and mold and ragweed are the most common culprits.
If you’re an adult who suffers from allergies, you know just how bothersome the symptoms can be. Chances are you don’t want your kids to have to suffer the same symptoms.
So how can you tell if your child is suffering from fall allergies? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, symptoms to watch for include cold-like symptoms that linger for a week or longer, nose rubbing, sniffling, and itchy, runny eyes.
Additionally, keep in mind that allergies may run in families. If you or your partner have an allergy, the odds are greater that your child will also have an allergy.
Easing allergy symptoms
Reducing your child’s exposure to allergens is often the first step toward helping children feel better, but parents don’t need to keep children strictly indoors for the duration of the season.
Allergy symptoms can be squashed in a number of other ways. Here are a few things parents can do to ease allergy symptoms:
- Clean air vents throughout your home. Vents may be home to particles that can trigger or make allergy symptoms worse. Keep these particles from building up by cleaning them thoroughly.
- Keep windows and outside doors shut. Prevent allergens from creeping in by sealing off your home during pollen season.
- Keep the house clean and dry. This can help reduce mold and dust mites.
- Encourage your child to drink warm liquids. Warm liquids, such as tea and soup, can help loosen nasal congestion.
- Wash clothes thoroughly after kids play outside. This can include backpacks, shoes, and even hats.
- Give kids an over-the-counter allergy relief. For stubborn allergy symptoms, find an OTC treatment that can combat congestion as well as itchy, watery eyes.
- Plan outdoor activities for the morning. Weed pollen is most abundant in the middle of the day, so plan activities accordingly.
- Don't let kids play in dead or wet leaves. The moisture on fallen leaves can be a breeding ground for mold.
- Stay current on pollen and mold counts. Watch the news for updates, and consider keeping kids indoors during peak hours.
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