There are more than 35 million people in America who dread the approach of spring and the pollen it brings.
If you suffer from pollen allergies, your child is more likely to have seasonal allergies also known as hayfever.
In fact, your child is 75 to 80 percent likely to develop allergies if both parents have allergies.
Many children develop allergies around age 5 or 6, although allergies can develop at any time from infancy to adult hood.
How can you spot a possible pollen allergy in your child? Look for these clues:
- Frequent sneezing
- Watering eyes
- Symptoms of a cold that do not include fever but last for more than 10 days
- Recurrent ear or sinus infections
- Frequent coughing, clearing of the throat, or talking with a hoarse voice
Here are some ways to limit your child’s exposure to pollen, which can trigger allergies and allergy symptoms:
- Avoid being outside on days when pollen levels are high. Pollen counts are typically lower after a heavy rain, or in the late afternoon.
- Use air conditioning rather than opening windows.
- Choose plants for your yard that have lower levels of pollen.
- Avoid doing yard work when children are outside.
- Do not dry clothes outdoors; use a clothes dryer instead.
- Have your child bathe and shampoo their hair before bedtime.
- Avoid having pets that go outdoors and come back inside, bringing pollen with them.