If your child suffers from seasonal allergies, you’re probably very familiar with the symptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, a sore throat, a chronic cough, and dark under-eye circles. Allergies can increase the risk of sinus and ear infections, and negatively affect a child’s sleep, performance in school, and even behavior.

What can you do to minimize your little one’s suffering?

Check pollen counts in your area, and limit time outdoors when pollen count is high. Use a pollen count app or visit websites such as pollen.com.

Have your child wash her hands and face as soon as she comes in from being outdoors, or have her take a shower.

Don’t hang clothes outside to dry; dry them in the dryer.

Keep windows in your home and car closed. Use air conditioning if you need to keep things cool; just be sure to use the “recirculating” option in your car so you’re not sucking in pollen along with air.

How can you treat seasonal allergies?

Treatment for seasonal allergies will depend upon the type of allergens affecting your child and the severity of the allergies. Treatment can include decongestants, nasal sprays, and antihistamines. If allergies don’t respond to medication, your child may require allergy shots.

If your child’s allergies are causing discomfort or concern, give us a call! We’re happy to discuss options for treating your child’s allergies.