Seasonal Allergies in Children

By Brandon Davison-Tracy, MD

Spring is in the air, but for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the blooming flowers, trees and grass can be a drag. Many children have seasonal allergies, and it’s important to be able to identify the cause of symptoms early to help kids feel more comfortable and to prevent future allergy “attacks.”

Allergy 101
Allergies are caused by the body’s reaction to substances called “allergens,” which trigger the immune system to react to harmless substances as though they were attacking the body. Children can develop seasonal allergies as young as age one.

Allergy Symptoms
Runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and a scratchy throat are all common seasonal allergy symptoms. Since these are the same as cold symptoms, it’s important to pay attention to the time of year and your child’s environment to determine if they are indeed allergy symptoms.

Grass, pollen and mold are the most common triggers of seasonal allergies. Spring allergies usually begin in February and can last through October. The weather can affect the severity of allergies; a mild winter can cause plants to pollinate early. Also a rainy spring can increase plant growth and mold.

Work with your pediatrician to determine the source of and the best treatment for your child’s allergies. There are many over-the-counter medications that effectively treat seasonal allergy symptoms. You can also do things like keep windows and doors shut during allergy season, give your child a bath after playing in the grass, and monitor pollen and mold counts. Your pediatrician can also recommend a pediatric allergist depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Seasonal allergies shouldn’t prevent your family from enjoying the beautiful Colorado outdoors. Please contact us as soon as possible if your child is exhibiting allergy symptoms, so we can help determine the cause and the best treatment. Happy Spring!

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
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