Seasonal allergies are among the most common allergies in the United States. In fact, up to 40% of children have pollen allergies.
Seasonal allergy symptoms in kids
Common allergy symptoms in children include:
- Congestion or sinus pressure
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Swollen, bluish-colored skin beneath the eyes
- Reduced sense of taste or smell
Hay fever symptoms may range from mild to severe, and may only affect children during certain seasons.
Tips for seasonal allergy relief
Minimize seasonal allergy symptoms in children by following these eight tips:
- Stay inside when the pollen count is high or if it’s a dry and windy day
- Avoid yard work if your allergies are flared up
- Wash your clothes after being outside
- Bathe after coming in from outside
- Keep doors and windows closed
- Use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) air filter in your home
- Vacuum often
- For nasal congestion relief, flush sinuses with a nasal rinse
Most importantly, visit an allergist to have your child’s allergies appropriately diagnosed and to develop a treatment plan.
The allergy specialists at Children’s Health℠ can help diagnose and treat seasonal allergies. Learn more about our Allergy program and services.
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