Before we know it, the snow will be melted, the grass will start growing and spring will be here! Although spring can be one of the most beautiful times of the year, for some it can mean a time of sneezing, sniffling and stuffy noses. That’s right, seasonal allergy season is just around the corner! Seasonal allergies can start as early as January and last until November. During that time, different allergens peak such as trees, grass, weed pollen and mold spores.

Seasonal allergy symptoms can include runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, nose rubbing, sniffling and itchy/watery eyes. If these symptoms last more than one to two weeks, they are most likely allergies versus the common cold according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Some recommendations the American Academy of Pediatrics has for seasonal allergy relief for children include:

  • Avoid early morning outdoor play as allergens usually peak in the morning hours
  • Keep windows closed
  • Have children change clothing after outside play
  • Wash blankets and other bedding more frequently, at least once weekly
  • Vacuum more frequently, at least weekly
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity out of the indoor environment

A parent should seek medical attention if a child develops symptoms that continue to develop or worsen.

Good luck as we endure another season of allergies and hopefully nice spring weather!

 

Tags: allergies , sneezing , AAP

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