Does your kid's sneezing frenzy deserve more attention that just worry?
Do weather changes send your toddler into sneezing frenzies? Do seasonal shifts leave you dealing with the same health problems, year after year? Well, it’s time to stop and think; for, your little one might just be suffering from seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies are becoming increasingly common in toddlers and children today. As the weather changes, it is common to find many kids develop cold like symptoms, accompanied by sneezing and congestion. This happens during specific time of a year only.
The reason behind these seasonal allergic reactions, are the countless spores and pollen released in the air by moulds and plants for fertilization. Many people and mostly kids show an array of reactions to these spores and pollen, which is categorized as allergic reactions.
Allergy facts and trivia:
Allergies cannot be cured; only better managed.
Allergies are genetically acquired. If one or both parents have allergies, chances of their kids having them too increase manifold.
Allergies are on a rise world over as never before.
One out of every four Americans suffers from allergies and asthma.
You can find out the density of pollen on a particular day using Pollen Count Measures.
Children have a weaker immune system as compared to adults and therefore, are more likely to display symptoms of seasonal allergies. The following are some of the common symptoms to watch out for:
- Runny nose and cold
- Severe chest congestion
- Bouts of coughing
- Heavy or difficult breathing or wheezing
- Onset of bronchial asthma
- Itchy skin, especially around the eyes and nose
- Watery and red eyes
- It is common to find skin rash commonly in skin folds like under arms and behind the knees
There are several types of pollen and molds. While one child may show allergic reaction to grass pollens, another one may be allergic to tree pollen or maybe weed pollen. Therefore, the type of pollen your child is allergic to determines the time of the year when seasonal allergy will set in. It is however, easy to diagnose if your child is suffering from one, as the symptoms will be same at that particular time of the year.
Mostly seasonal allergies start becoming prominent after 5 years of age and are most profound by 10 years. However, due to increase in pollution, dust and changing weather conditions globally; even toddlers today are diagnosed with allergies.
Complete cure from such allergies is a long process that happens as the immune system of a child becomes stronger with age. While that happens, care can be taken to relieve the symptoms in the best possible way. Parents can take the following precautions to ensure their child suffers least from seasonal allergens:
- Avoid exposure to allergens by keeping doors and windows closed during the allergy season.
- Avoid sending the child to parks and gardens as these are areas where pollen density is highest.
- Make sure the child drinks ample water and gets sufficient rest, so as to remain healthy and strong. Tiredness may weaken the immune system under attack from allergens.
- Using air conditioners will be a good idea.
- Washing hands and taking a shower after coming from outside will help your child get rid of all the pollen that may have stuck to the body parts.
- Depending upon severity of the allergy, doctors can be consulted. Pediatricians may chose from anti-histamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, mouth puffs, and mild doses of steroids to help the kid sail through the season smoothly.
- Special attention should be paid to the diet of the child during this time and immunity building foods must be given, in addition to ample fruits and vegetables.
The best way to overcome seasonal allergies is to try and space out allergic attacks with each passing season. Lesser the frequency of attacks, stronger will be the immunity of your child against the allergens and sooner will he/she be able to grow out of it.