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Childhood Seasonal Allergies: How Parents Can Ease the Symptoms

Seasonal allergies like hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis) are very common. In fact, approximately 6.6 million children reported having hay fever, according to a 2012 study. That’s a lot of children dealing with nasal congestion, drippage, sneezing, and itchiness.

Allergies account for the loss of about 2 million school days every year. But remember – missing school not only affects children, it also affects parents, too. So what can you do to help relieve some of the allergy symptoms your child is experiencing? These tips can help:

Learn what’s causing your child’s allergy symptoms

There are causes of seasonal allergies, like outdoor molds, trees, grasses, weeds and more. Many of these allergens are “released” during certain times of year to fertilize other plants, which is why your child may experience stronger allergic symptoms during a different time of year.

Stay informed with your local weather report’s pollen count

This can tell you how much pollen is in the air on certain days. Pollen counts are often higher in the morning and on warm, dry, breezy days. They may be lowest on wet, chilly days.

Limit your child’s exposure to allergens

If you know the pollen count will be higher on a certain day, suggest that your child play indoors instead of going outside. Avoiding the allergens is the best method for preventing seasonal allergy symptoms.

Keep windows closed and use air conditioning if possible

This will keep many of the allergens outside and give your child a comfortable place to play.

Have your child wash hands and clothing after going outside

Allergens can stick to clothing and body parts, especially if your child was touching something that had pollen. As soon as they’re done playing, have them wash their hands with warm, soapy water and change their clothes.

Do not allow a child with seasonal allergies to mow the lawn

There may be pollen or mold spores in the grass, and mowing the lawn can kick them up. If your child has seasonal allergies, suggest another chore instead.

Talk to a doctor

If medicines or the steps above don’t effectively ease your child’s allergy symptoms, you may want to consult an allergist or immunologist. They may recommend allergy shots, which can help desensitize kids to allergens.

GoHealth Urgent Care has full service, on-site care for the treatment of allergies, asthma and more. If your child is experiencing seasonal allergies, we’ll help your child get back to their young selves.

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