Transition between seasons can shake your kidsâ€™ health a bit and make them more prone to seasonal allergies. These allergic reactions vary from ragweed allergy, mites, dust, mold, and some foods. It is often very hard to keep track of allergies symptoms with children who may catch it in school or while they are playing outside.
Studies have shown that allergic reactions may be hereditary. In case both parents have allergies, there is a about an 80% chance that their children will develop allergies too. Most children show symptoms of seasonal allergies once they reach 5 years olds. Asthma is often an indicator of allergies and often start to show when they are between 1 to 3 years old.
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergy
Parents can look for three kinds of symptoms when they suspect that their kids are suffering from seasonal allergy:
* Nasal â€“ They will have stuffy or runny nose, sneeze a lot, and have itchy nose and throat. Just like allergic rhinitis.
* Eye Symptoms â€“ There is often redness, itchiness, and watery eyes which can make your kids really uncomfortable.
* Asthma â€“ Watch if your kids will have difficulty breathing or when you hear some wheezing or coughing.
Tree pollens, grasses, and ragweed often cause these allergic reactions. Tree pollens are very abundant in the air between April and June. Grasses like Rye, Timothy, and Orchard trigger reactions when they are mowed. Ragweed grows almost everywhere and billions of pollens can travel in the air starting mid-August.
Protect your children from seasonal allergies
Parents should always keep track of the level of pollen in your city or region. These indices can be found on the internet and are seen on TV reports.
It will be best to keep your doors and windows shut during the pollen season to prevent these allergens from entering your home.
You can also set up a play pen inside your home instead of kids spending time outdoors where they can be exposed to ragweed and other allergens. The sun can also aggravate their photosensitivity when they have ragweed allergy.
Remember to keep all surfaces clean of dust. You can get an air filter to make sure that your kids breathe clean air.
In case they still catch seasonal allergies, you can try the following to relieve them of the symptoms:
* A warm bath always helps. You can also apply warm compress to decongest their nose and sinuses.
* Encourage them to drink a lot of water throughout the day. A cup of tea with honey can also soothe their itchy throat.
* Tell your kids not to scratch their eyes since this will just worsen the condition. Try to apply cold compress to decrease inflammation or wipe them with wet cotton pads.
* A dab of petroleum jelly can help with their red or swollen nose
* Add some ginger, garlic, or pepper when you serve a bowl of soup. These are natural decongestants to clear their airways.
* You can dissolve 2 teaspoons of salt in a glass of water which your kids can use to gargle with to relieve their sore throats.
Allergies can be fatal when you do not do something about it. Seek the guidance of your pediatrician if your children will need some medications for their allergies.